Wednesday, January 3, 2018

#ThankfulThursday: Here's To You!

As we sit back and reflect on the past year, we want to thank all of our tremendous individual and team fundraisers for 2017. We are so impressed with all the work you did over the last year, rising to the occasion with the premiere of "Wonder" in November. 

We would also like to thank you for all the kindness you shared with others. Whether it was just holding a door for the next person, or speaking at a local middle school about the #ChooseKind movement. It is very overwhelming all that has been accomplished this year. Just think of all the children you helped get the medical attention they need, learn about Wonder, or will send to retreat. 

Thank you for making 2017 such a special year. 

Here are a few ideas to help start planning your fundraising efforts for 2018. These ideas can be found at our website, along with other clever ways to give. 

  • Lemonade Stand — Mix up some sweet lemonade and bake goodies to sell on your neighborhood street or outside your school. Lemonade stands are very popular and a fun way to spend an afternoon.  
  • Denim Days — Coordinate with your human resources office at work to charge $5 or more per person to where jeans on a particular day (typically Friday).
  • Friends and Family Letter — Send a fund-raising letter to family, friends and associates.
  • Walk-athon, Hop-athon, Cartwheel-athon or Hula-Hoop-athon — Organize children, work associates and/or friends and have them take pledges per mile accured.
  • Bike-Parade — Organize children, work associates and/or friends and have them pay an entry fee to take a neighborhood themed ride!
  • Kitchen Shutdown — Obtain donations of dinners from seven local restaurants and raffle a week’s worth of meals.
  • Craft Fair — Obtain donated space from a school, church, mall or vacant retail space and sell space to local crafters. Sell food, balloons, face painting, etc.
  • Car Wash — Ask local merchant to provide space and water.
  • Yard Sale — Ask neighbors, friends and/or family to join in a yard sale.
  • Motorcycle Run — Ask local Mortorcycle Club to hold a fundraiser for you, or work with local clubs to organize a route, with sponsored stops, and do raffles at each location along the way. Charge a registration fee.
  • Dog Parade — Collect entry fees and have a theme. Ask local officials and VIPs to judge and emcee.
  • Golf Tournament — Work with a golf course to host this type of fundraiser, which typically brings in a large amount of revenue!
  • Fishing Derby — Collect entry fees and give prizes for the most total pounds and largest fish.
  • Benefit Concert – locate a venue, book an act, promote and sell tickets for a fun night of music and dancing!
  • Chili (Tofu, Crawfish, Lobster) Cook-off — Locate an appropriate space and give prizes for the best, most creative, etc. Charge an entry fee and ask the local VIPs to judge. Get your Radio station involved!
  • Sports Tournament — Softball, volleyball, basketball, golf, tennis— Charge an entry fee, get corporate sponsors, give prizes.
  • Fashion Show — Ask local designers and boutiques to help you create a stylish evening full of fashion, fun, and networking. Charge boutiques a sponsorship fee and sell tickets to attend.

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