In 2005, high school senior Raina Hirschhorn was given a marketing project to promote and teach entrepreneurship. She decided to go straight to the top. She wrote a letter to Mr. Charles Wang, founder of Computer Associates and co-owner of the New York Islanders and the New York Dragons, and asked him if he would come to her high school and give a speech and answer questions. To her delight, he accepted the invitation and came to her school. When Mr. Wang was asked about success in life, he said, "Success is not how much money you make, but what kind of person you are and what you give back to the community." He challenged Raina to use her marketing and business skills to come up with an innovative idea to raise money for a charity. She met Mr. Wang’s challenge by co-organizing a Holiday Sale with merchandise that has been donated from over 200 companies, retail stores, and individuals from the community. All proceeds went to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The project was named “Operation Stone Soup” with the important moral of the story of Stone Soup in mind, that with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good can be achieved.
Birthdays have always been important to Ms. Hirschhorn. Growing up she would plan her own parties, down to the last detail, which she continues to do to date. It is her special day where she can celebrate all she has with the people she loves. Taking her passion for event planning and combined with her knowledge of entrepreneurship, she wanted to do something to help those who were not so fortunate by giving them their own special day, however, she knew she couldn’t do it alone. Remembering the moral of the story of Stone Soup, Stone Soup Parties was conceived.