EAST BRUNSWICK – At the age of 13, the journey to entrepreneurship began for Dori Saypol.
Together with a friend, she started a block party business that held gatherings for neighborhood kids. With homemade flyers, she publicly shared the services she proudly offered.
And as she entered adulthood, the opportunities to plan holiday parties, baby showers and luncheons arose on a voluntary basis while working in the telecommunications industry.
And after being fired from the corporate environment, Saypol entered a phase of uncertainty in her career.
It was then that she rediscovered her teenage business plan. Digging through the articles, she found her original block party poster. For her, this simple discovery was the confirmation she needed to pursue a new career.
So, in 2002, she officially created her company – Total Party LLC. Now in 2022, the Brunswick East native is celebrating 20 years of service, both locally and overseas.
As a longtime resident of the township and a member of the Eastern Brunswick Regional Chamber of Commerce, Saypol is rooted in the community. She described her hometown as a diverse mix of cultures supported by an exceptional governing body, school system and resources. She explained that through community events and local charities, she is able to “give back” to her hometown.
According to Saypol, it’s the welcoming nature of his business that makes people connect balloons happily. As a certified balloon artist, she said she was able to create pieces that produce smiles and memories for adults and children.
“Balloons make people smile. I’m in the happiness business. Being able to share happiness with balloons is what it’s all about. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids as they decorate a balloon at the Brunswick East Fair makes me smile.
“Seeing the beaming faces of my fellow chamber members as they hold a giant bouquet of balloon flowers for a photo contest makes me feel good. Then I want to do it more. Everyone who wants balloons should have it,” she said.
In a few weeks, Saypol will certainly have the chance to do more.
According to a press release, she was selected to serve as the team leader for the “Give Kids the World” charity event in Orlando, Florida from July 11-15.
Balloon Wonderland is one of the fundraising events that is part of Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre non-profit whimsical resort in Kissimmee, Florida that offers free week-long wish vacations to children. seriously ill children and their families. from all over the world who wish to visit Central Florida.
“My role at Balloon Wonderland will be one of the team leaders for Dinosaur Land. Approximately 300 balloon artists from around the world come to Orlando for this week-long event. There will be five areas with 50 artists each,” Saypol said.
She, along with other balloon professionals, will be tasked with creating a 300,0000-piece Balloon Wonderland that includes large-scale sculptures. Slated to occupy 30,000 square feet, with some exhibits reaching 24 feet in height, the event will have themed sections that include a dinosaur zone, Toyland, the Enchanted Forest and Under the Sea.
“I will help these 50 balloon professionals create larger than life dinosaurs, huge trees and an incredible volcanic sculpture. I will be working alongside other artists from the Toy Land and Under the Sea area, not to mention name a few,” she said.
For her, the opportunity is twofold in that she can help seriously ill children in the United States and return home to show the difference that has been made.
“All of this beauty and effort supports critically ill children across the United States, including New Jersey, providing families with joyful moments that can lead to lasting memories, turning happiness into hope.
“I can’t wait to see the smiles on the children’s faces through the breathtaking screens. I look forward to bringing photos and videos back to our community to show how the balloons have made a difference in the lives of these seriously ill children. I can’t wait to show my kids how helping others with the skills I have can be so deeply rewarding,” Saypol said.
Working as a team, over 400 balloon artists from around the world will build a life-size replica of Give Kids The World Village’s most iconic locations, created from over 500,000 balloons. Guests can browse the exhibit, participate in fun interactive activities, take unique photos, savor delicious treats and watch performances by traveling magicians, balloon artists and other performers, according to its website.
For more information about Give Kids The World, visit www.gktw.org.