• We would like to extend congratulations to tournament winners Steve Bass and Larry Penn who triumphed at The R Baby Foundation’s 4th Annual New York Tennis Tournament: Serving To Saving Babies’ Lives held on May 17th at the Stadium Tennis Center in the Bronx, NY.

Who We Are

Event planning and fundraising is our mission

Event PlanningPowered by Professionals is a non-profit fundraising and event planningfirm helping non-profit organizations to not only raise more money, but build a sustainable volunteer and donor community in any city. We have a personal, hands-on approach that utilizes business ideology to achieve the greatest results for your cause.

PBP brings sound business practices to the charity event planning arena and, in so doing, the company has built an excellent reputation in the New York City area for producing stellar events in the charity space.

Our passion is helping those who help others. We have over a decade of event planning and management experience for non-profit organizations. We are a leader when it comes to fundraising for nonprofits.

The real value in partnering with PBP is our unique approach to identifying and working with individuals (board members, honorees, committee members, etc.) passionate about a cause to help them turn their personal relationships into fundraising relationships around a special event.

Click here to learn more and view our CEO’s recent feature in Millburn-Short HillsMagazine!

See how PBP can help youmake the most out of your next event.

Find out how PBP is helping non-profits surpass their fundraising goals.

Learn more about PBP‘s vision, its history and its advisers.


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We’re pleased to say that we recently hired Jeff Wanek as Development Manager for PBP.  Jeff brings a diverse background in sales, marketing, and corporate relations to the PBP team.  Jeff will be working on most of our client events and programs, as well as assisting PBP with using technology to be more efficient, as well as assisting the entire staff on whatever comes up.  Jeff shared a bit about himself with us.

What about PBP interested you? 

Powered by Professionals interested me due to the fact that there are many non-profit organizations that we are continually involved with. This lets us be involved in so many different organizations at the same time and also know that each day will bring new opportunities.

A day in your life: what are some of your responsibilities and daily activities?

Probably my biggest responsibility is my dog, Becca. I adopted her 3 years ago on Long Island and have since become much more tolerant of little things. Many would say she is spoiled rotten and I would tend to agree, though it is hard for me at this point to see how to raise a dog otherwise.

Also, I am a commuter from New Jersey so my activities include making trains and going along with the daily walking rush hour. This is some of the best time that I spend by myself, whether it is time to decompress, time to catch up or just relax.

I am also an active individual. You might find me on a bike, out for a run or walking my dog when the weather cooperates. I am not much of a winter sport person so I tend to find ways to stay active indoors throughout the colder months, but when the weather turns nice I spend a lot of time outside, and commonly near water. On a lazy weekend midsummer you might also find me with a fishing pole in hand searching the local lake for a good place to fish.

How do you believe you will assist PBP in further supporting our clients by streamlining our processes?

My life has led me to many different states, which has lead to me becoming a very strong individual. I like a continuous challenge but also the constant flux of the schedule that PBP will bring to the table. With many years in retail I am confident in being able to support the backend of a business and I try to stay tech savvy so staying on top of the trends that can benefit everyone is key as well.

Although you’ve only been here a short while, what has excited you about PBP thus far? What upcoming event has really caught your attention?   

I am looking forward to the Melanoma Research Foundation Gala in Denver. I was born in Denver and have visited a few times, but something about the city always makes me more charged to get involved. Don’t get me wrong, I love New York City, but Denver and supporting Melanoma Research Foundation makes me very passionate.

I am excited to work with all the parties involved in each and every organization that we support. It is fun to hear all the different stories that people come to the plate with and typically making the world significantly better day by day.

What inspires you to do good for others and society as a whole?  

I like to make people smile. Even the little things such as opening a door or even the occasional pay it forward help people realize that the world is a wonderful place and full of good. My parents were good teachers of this at a young age, though I wouldn’t call it an inspiration, more of life style of doing good when I am able.

What, so far, has been your favorite New York City experience?

It has to be a close tie between my first cab ride in the Manhattan or seeing the Rockettes this past holiday season. The cab ride is memorable because you get the real sensation of being in NYC from the ground level. It may sound cliché but to me it was as if the cab were salmon swimming upstream on the avenues, beauty in a controlled chaos. I add the Rockettes because it seems to be a holiday staple in NYC. Being in NYC over the holidays is one of the most amazing times to be in the area.

From your experience as a professional, what advice would you give to others?

Professionally, it is all about you. Capabilities can be taught and many things can be learned, but being happy about what you do professionally is a feeling that you will get once you find something that is not called a job.


Thank you to the Powered by Professionals team for the outstanding job you did for the NPF with our Cocktails for a Cure event. The results speak for themselves: The energy in the room, the funds raised, the sense of community we created for the NPF. Our two goals – to build the framework for a chapter in NY and our fundraising target – were both exceeded by incredibly large margins. Thank you again for all of your hard work.

– Joe Titlebaum, Chairman, Board of Directors, National Pancreas Foundation

Just a quick note to express our thanks for all of your efforts in making last night a very big success. We were so impressed with your professionalism, attention to detail and commitment to the Volunteer Lawyers Project. We had very high expectations for the event, and you surpassed them all!

– Jeannie Costello, Executive Director, & Lynn Judell, Board Member Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project

In the past five years R Baby Foundation has grown into a major player in the non-profit world, raising millions of dollars to help save babies’ lives. We have worked with PBP throughout, capitalizing on their professionalism and experience and leveraging their integrated Fundraising and Event Services solution. Darren and his team have surpassed our expectations in their incredible ability to both plan and execute high-level events and represent us in all capacities, including meeting with donors, partners, and the media.

We value PBP because they understand our marketing and fundraising goals; our work with Darren and his team has helped my family to watch our vision for our foundation come to life.

– Phyllis Rabinowitz, Founder, R Baby Foundation

March News

Save The Date! on Thursday, April 23, 2015 The University of Maryland Alumni Association will hold its 6th Annual Maryland in Manhattan event at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Save The Date! on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 the Melanoma Research Foundation will hold its 4th Annual Gala at The Cable Center in Denver, CO.

Save The Date! on Thursday, April 30, 2015 the Sarcoma Foundation of America will hold its 13th Annual Gala at Capitale in New York City.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Voices Against Brain Cancer will hold its Inaugural Miami Run/Walk, Join The Voices!, at Tropical Park in Miami, FL.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
The University of Maryland Alumni Association will hold its 6th Annual Maryland in Manhattan event at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
The Sarcoma Foundation of America will hold its 13th Annual Gala at Capitale in New York City.