UPDATE: Catbird is moving the block party inside the store due to the extreme heat expected on Saturday! “The same vendors will be there and all the details remain the same, except for the fact we’ll be in doors. The ASPCA cat truck will still be outside (but fully air conditioned!),” a Catbird representative told Greenpointers.
Catbird is hosting its first annual block party this weekend. The local jewelry brand is inviting everyone to “a day of festivities” on Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., outside of their flagship location at 108 North 7th Street in Williamsburg.
The block party will include a variety of sweet treats from Luckybird, Saison, Dun-Well Doughnuts, and Poppy’s. Catbird told Greenpointers that all food will be cash only, so take note. There will also be racks of vintage clothing from Arcade Vintage, a book swap, and an ASPCA cat adoption truck on site.
Plus, Catbird will be performing their signature permanent jewelry zapping and, of course, selling other gems inside the flagship store.
But this block party will be about more than just fun. Partygoers can do some good while browsing Catbird’s jewelry and other goods. On both Saturday and Sunday, 25% of every Catbird sale will be split between the Center for Reproductive Rights and The Brigid Alliance. Plus, in honor of the first block party, the Catbird Giving Fund commits a minimum of $25,000 to the causes.
To help guests learn more, representatives from the Center for Reproductive Rights will be accepting donations and handing out informational materials at the block party.
Catbird is no stranger to giving. At least 1% of Catbird’s sales every year are donated to nonprofits that are aligned with the company’s core beliefs. The Catbird website says, “Since Day 1, before we could really afford it, Catbird has always been a charitable company.”
One example of charitable activity was on March 3, 2022 when the Catbird Giving Fund donated $30,000 to Global Giving Ukraine and a direct fund for Catbird’s Ukrainian technology team. Some of the other organizations that Catbird has donated to include Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, The Adventure Project, Disaster Relief and Rapid Response, She’s the First, Food Bank for NYC, and Girl Up.
A Catbird representative told Greenpointers that the idea for the block party “originated because we had an ASPCA adoption truck at our Williamsburg store in 2017. We wanted to do another cat adoption event, and realized we could turn it into something bigger that benefits our community.”