Giving Tuesday #MyGivingStory: The Sneaker Charity Ball

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that kicks of the charitable holiday season and comes on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

I learned about Giving Tuesday a few years ago and because I love philanthropy and doing good in the ‘hood it has easily become one of my favorite days of the year. It also doesn’t take large amounts of money to participate/ giveback.

Any amount given can make an inedible impact on a person’s life.

Earlier this year, ArYouSerious (the blog + coaching) teamed up with four individuals in an effort to raise money for families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We all live in Houston and were here to witness the storm and its devastation. Although, its not in the headlines—families are still impacted by its ugliness to this day. We wanted to give our neighbors an opportunity to giveback in a fun way that involved fly sneakers.


We created the Graceful Laces Sneaker Charity Ball and partnered with a local nonprofit to make our giving story a reality.

We had tons of amazing sponsors, including Love Handle, Verizon, Rasta Clat, and AvidXchange. We had great DJs, amazing food (there was Chick-fil-a!) a celebrity chef, The Fortunate Cookies, tons of wine from local proprietor, BranWar Wines and spirts from Jack Daniel Tennessee Honey & Ciroc, we even had cocktails provided by RedBull and great guests who supported our cause.


Our Graceful Laces Sneaker Charity Ball has come to an end for the 2018 year however, there are tons of ways to support Giving Tuesday in your local community.

Here is a list of participating organizations here in Houston.

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This season—challenge yourself to find a cause that resonates with your life’s mission and donate!!


-Ar’Sheill Monsanto