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I am so proud and happy to see how much Ta Ta Breast Cancer is growing. It’s a rough year to raise money, and I know it’s holding lots of people back from participating in this amazing experience. But I also know how critical and important this money is in the fight against breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen is the major beneficiary of the money raised through the Breast Cancer 3-Day and every major advance in the fight against breast cancer has been touched by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. They’ve helped train more than 400 breast cancer researchers and funded more than 1,800 research projects over the past 26 years.
I can pretty confidently say that Susan G. Komen helped make my path easier. And I can happily say that they are putting lots of effort into hereditary cancer. So I’m willing to continue to rally the troops even in this tough economy.
So in keeping with the really difficult economy, one of my new teammates decided to take a new fundraising approach. She’s planning a very large outdoor summer bash and getting almost everything donated. She’s spent the past week and a half talking to everyone she knows to get food, paper goods, beverages, auction items and raffle items donated.
The admission cost for the party is totally affordable–$20 a person, $35 a couple. Best yet, nearly the entire cost of admission will go directly into the 3-Day (businesses can’t donate alcohol but they are giving it to her at cost). Where else can you go on a Saturday Night for dinner and drinks and spend less? And at the same time know that you are helping so many people.
Brogan & Partners created this really cute flier for us too.
I am so energized by her passion and enthusiasm for this party and can’t wait to see the fabulous results. We’re pretty certain the party will help her meet her minimum and fill in for the rest of the team members.
Got any additional thoughts on how we can raise even more money that evening? Anything you want to auction or raffle to support the cause? We’re open to your ideas.
I’m officially back in training—sort of. I must admit I’ve been a little nervous about my 3-Day training this year. The walk is coming up quickly, and I haven’t really put too much time into long walks (or even short ones for that matter). But I’m on a short work trip in North Carolina–I finished my work day at 6:00, laced up my shoes, grabbed my cell phone and some cash and headed out. A whole night to myself. I really just wandered with no firm plan but I found this beautiful neighborhood in Cary, NC and it was perfect. I walked for about 95 minutes and made my way over to a little café for some dinner. This was exactly the jump start I needed to get excited about the actual walk—I’ve been heavily focused on the fundraising and nearly forgot I need to walk 60 miles over the course of 3 days.
So tonight my second journey officially begins. And I’ll prepare for that magical date when I’ll drive up to the most energetic group of people on the planet. I’ll smile through the 60 miles feeling lucky and happy that I can walk, enjoying the sea of pink and dreaming of a world without breast cancer.
Today I was contacted by the Breast Cancer 3-Day to be an online ambassador. Once again, I have the opportunity to combine social media with breast cancer awareness, advocacy and fundraising. I’m totally passionate about both and more than willing to do my part.
This month they’ve asked ambassadors to share some fundraising ideas. My favorite one is approaching quickly. In 3 days, 125 people will see Annie at the Fisher Theater in Detroit, celebrate mother’s day and help raise money for breast cancer. I can’t wait. Annie is my all time favorite musical and I am totally excited to share this with my family. I’m also super excited because this fundraiser was so easy to plan, no downside risk and netted nearly $3,000.
Here’s how it worked. My high school friend works for Broadway in Detroit. After reconnecting with her on Facebook, we met to discuss a possible fundraiser. From there, I reserved tickets to Annie, sent out emails and created a Facebook event. As people were interested, they emailed or called with the number of tickets they needed. I purchased the tickets at the group discount rate and sold them for face. I collected checks, distributed tickets and called it a day. Done! I will absolutely be planning another one next year.
Do you have any super easy fundraising ideas to share? Share them with me by posting a comment.