For Organizations

“What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand.”

This Chinese proverb has a lot of truth to it. We do tend to remember what we see. One study found that we recall visual information at least three times better than spoken or written information alone (65% remembered after three days, compared to 10% – 20%)(

Celebration Videos helps organizations and individuals take advantage of this fact — using video to attract more clients, raise more money and celebrate the lives of key people.

Hello, I’m Bill Erwin, founder and producer of Celebration Videos. In addition to my personal history work, I enjoy helping non-profits, cultural organizations, artists and others to expand their client base and increase the funds available to help them do their important work. Here are some examples of the projects I’ve completed:

Honoring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his decades of advocacy for better health and health care for all in the U.S. Presented at a retirement dinner in the senator’s honor sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform, Washington, DC.

Spotlighting student aspirations and accomplishments in the STEM Scholars Program, developed by the Howard N. Lee Institute to help keep promising minority and low-income middle school students on the path to college.

Supporting a capital campaign by Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA. The church received pledges totaling $1 million in the span of just one month.

Attracting new members and new funding for the Korean American Adoptive Family Network. KAAN has built a community for the 150,000 Korean-born children adopted in the U.S., many of whom are now adults, as well as their adoptive families.

“Bill was a delight to work with … thoughtful, attentive, an excellent guide for us on our project. His kind demeanor drew meaningful commentary from our attendees. He took the time to understand our organization enough to craft a piece that truly told our story. We highly recommend him! — Stacy Schroeder, Executive Director, KAAN

Building community support for the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham. Hayti presents quality cultural arts programs celebrating the African-American experience and promoting cross-cultural understanding.

Promoting art exhibitions by Dr. Pamela George in Durham, NC, and the Rev. Craig Biddle III in Annapolis, MD.

“Bill is a very good cameraman. However, what sets him apart is the way he tells a story through the people he interviews.” — Steve Larkin, Lay Leader, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Alexandria, VA

Helping the N.C. Division of Public Health alert women that their heart attack symptoms often differ from men’s symptoms. Included interviews with the state health director and a Charlotte legislator who suffered a heart attack during a General Assembly session.

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