You may have heard “It takes a village to raise a child.” It’s true for more than just child-rearing. Every year, it takes a village to raise the funds we need at Support Connection to sustain our free programs and services for people coping with breast and ovarian cancer.
Lucky for us, we have a wonderful, generous, creative group of “villagers” who find fun and unique ways to support us! Each year, we’re impressed and amazed at the different ideas our friends and supporters put into action to seek donations for us. The best part is: no one has to do it alone. If a lot of people do something, no matter how small or simple, it adds up to a lot!
Here are just a few examples of some simple fundraisers held on our behalf in 2016. Added together, these events raised a total of close to $10,000!
Dress Down Days: A fun way to raise funds at work. Employees donate $5 each to “dress down” for the day. Participants can wear stickers to show they participated. Faculty and staff at George Washington Elementary School in Mohegan Lake and Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak did this last year.
Bake Sales: Everyone loves cookies and cupcakes! Little Sprouts Nursery School in Putnam Valley held a bake sale last year. So did the FBLA (“Future Business Leaders of America”) from Lakeland High School. The FBLA also sold baked goods at the Walk.
Sales From Tickets and Other Items: Several groups came up with great ideas. The PTA at Mildred Strang Middle School in Yorktown sold pink socks. The Roy Ketchum High School Soccer Team from Wappingers Falls donated proceeds from one of their games. The Yorktown High School Football Team donated ticket sales from one of their games and sold t-shirts.
Parties: One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to bring in donations is to throw a party. Last year, two people held personal parties at their homes in honor of friends affected by breast and ovarian cancer. They asked guests to donate. Businesses and other groups can also have a party. Fresh Organic Salon in Bedford Hills held a “Pink Soiree.” Guests donated at the door and bought raffle tickets. Professional Women of Putnam held a “Pretty in Pink” party. Members of the group donated raffle prizes which helped raise funds.
Proceeds from Business or Sales: Do you own a business? Choose a day or time period to donate a portion of your profits or sales to Support Connection. Last year, a Shaklee distributor gave us a portion of her profits for a month. After being asked by one of our Walk Ambassadors, Somers Wine and Spirits in Somers held a Wine Tasting and donated a percentage of sales.
These are just a few examples. We welcome you to come up with your own ideas too!
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