Sunday, March 13, 2011

How To Make Fundraising...Well....Fun???

First, I want to introduce you to an organization unlike any others....Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)  was founded in 1991 and was one of the first resources to provide information, connection and support to woman with breast cancer who have completed treatment.  Today, it's an organization that assists women at all stages of diagnosis, treatment and recovery at low or no cost.  They cover education and support services to woman who are newly diagnosed, are in treatment, have completed treatment or are living with metastatic disease.  LBBC really empowers woman affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality life.

I am honored to be part of LBBC's annual event "Yoga on the Steps" again this year.  It's an event where a thousand plus yogis assemble and practice yoga all in the name of Breast Cancer Awareness.  It's such an uplifting, powerful event and I encourage anyone in the Berks, Montgomery, of Chester Counties to join our "Tri County for a Cure" team.  This year, unlike last, we have assembled a team and have begun our fundraising efforts to help this worthwhile cause.

I was asked by LBBC to write a short e-blast about how to make fundraising fun.  I thought I would expand on my few short sentences and give you some details on what Tri County for a Cure is doing to raise funds.
"A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go farther than a great idea that inspires no one." ~Mary Kay Ash
Brainstorm with your team and find ideas that inspire.  There's lots of things that you can do that require very little work.  And even if you do have to put some manpower into your efforts, you won't notice since you are inspired!

Our team is having a yoga/live harp music event.  At this event we will have a basket auction with some donated items (Mary Kay products, jewelry, massage/restaurant gift certificates, handcrafted yoga bags etc.)  We will also have a table set up with some items for sale.  Tri County for a Cure is making some tee-shirts with our team logo.  We have a phenomenal artist on our team who has generously donated her artistic abilities to design our logo.  We are getting iron ons and some tee-shirts pretty low cost and the profits of the sale will go towards our fundraising, as will the sale of raffle tickets.

Another idea we have is having a fundraising night at Rita's Italian Ice in Early April.  This is easy to do and requires very little from our team.  We really just have to promote the event and watch the funds roll in.

Additionally, Hammi Jammi Jewelry has created a fundraising bracelet and some other jewelry items where 15% of proceeds will go towards Tri County for a Cure.  The team members have order forms and are getting friends and family to purchase.  

We have another very special project that we are working on that gets the whole community involved, but that will have to be revealed at another date.  I don't want to ruin the fun and spoil the surprise.

I guess my main message is to "do what you love, love what you do" and positive results will flow!


1 comment:

Magpie Shinies said...

I've had breast cancer for 2 1/2 years now, and people don't realize that the only thing as scary as not recovering from bc is recovering from bc. I feel like I am not really part of the world sometimes, plus it's difficult to remember what NOT feeling sick is like.

So life AFTER is a very important thing to focus on - everyone needs help, but sick people especially - in re-evaluating their lives, relationships and place in the world.