About the Project

Inspired by the desire to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of kids,

The Incredible Birthday Party Project provides free birthday parties to kids and families in need.

childs_birthdayInspired by the desire to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of kids, The Incredible Birthday Party Project provides free birthday parties to kids and families in need.

TIBPP was founded by Chris Mohrhardt, owner of Incredible Mo’s FEC in Traverse City, MI. The spark was ignited when he began working with Big Brothers Big Sisters through the Bowl for Kids’ Sake initiative. It was at that time that he learned there were little brothers and sisters who didn’t get to have birthday parties, and he was determined to change that. The missing piece fell into place when his wife, Sandra, gave him a pair of shoes from Toms, a company that donates one pair of its shoes to a needy child for every pair it sells. Toms “One for One” slogan inspired Chris to think big. The Incredible Birthday Party Project was born.

The first party was held at Incredible Mo’s in July 2014 for an 18-year old girl who had been in foster care and never had a birthday party. By the end of the year, Incredible Mo’s had donated X birthday parties to kids who may have never been able to experience that kind of celebration.

In November of 2014, the program took a giant leap forward when Chris was introduced to Ron Hill, Chief Enrichment Officer at Redemption Plus. In February 2015, they launched a pilot program with 5 centers to develop a process to replicate The Incredible Birthday Party Project at FECs across the country.