BROOKLINE — For Trudi Feinstein, planning charity events isn’t just a job — it’s a mitzvah.
Feinstein is not only a successful Jewish event planner in the Greater Boston area, but is also a humanitarian. After volunteering for various causes for nearly 20 years, Feinstein is now giving back to the community by planning fundraisers for local charities she feels are worthy — free of charge.
Feinstein is currently coordinating a March 13 fundraiser for the Kay Mackenson Clinic in Haiti. The clinic, which treats Haitian children with chronic diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, was founded by Children’s Hospital doctors Chris Carpenter and Julia von Oettingen. The two travel to Haiti each year to work with the children, and the trips are funded by generous donors.
“What’s gone on in Haiti really struck a chord with me,” Feinstein said. “These two doctors are doing all of this pro bono. These are children with chronic diseases that need treatment they cannot get.”
This fundraiser is the latest event in a long history of charity work that Feinstein has performed. She began focusing more intently on charity work after experiencing a health problem that gave her a renewed purpose in life.
“In 1999, I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Feinstein explained. “I went to Dana Farber for treatment, and now I’m in remission and doing fine. But because I’m a cancer survivor, I started doing a lot of events for Dana Farber on a volunteer basis.”
She also raises money each year for the Jimmy Fund. “I have a team for the Jimmy Fund Walk called the Tree of Life, which I started in honor of a friend of mine who died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” she said. “Any cancer research is very important to me — having gone through it, and having a friend that passed away.”
Feinstein is thrilled to have a way to give back, using her skills in event planning. She is coordinating the Kay Mackenson Clinic fundraiser at a private home. Close to 100 people are expected to hear the doctors speak about their work in Haiti and answer questions. There will also be a silent auction and a dinner.
She is also open to other local charities that need her help. “I would be happy to do another event,” she said. “If I had unlimited resources, I would do many more.”
Contact Trudi Feinstein at feinsteinevents.com.