In the U.S. alone, more than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Chances are you or someone you know has or will be affected by Breast Cancer making Breast Cancer Awareness super important to all women in our country. As a community we can help by raising funds to further cancer research, support those currently affected by the illness and boost awareness for women everywhere. While Breast Cancer Awareness Month may not happen until October this year – you can raise funds for this very special charity all year long. Read on for 7 of my favorite ideas for banning together with members of your family, friends and community to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness.
#1: Dinner Club
A wonderful way to stay connected with friends, family and neighbors is by hosting a monthly dinner club. Each family within the club takes turns hosting a dinner at their home or desired location for the rest of the club members. You can turn this amazing experience into a fundraising machine, by asking each family to donate a specific amount of money to join the dinner club. You could order personalized place cards for each person who joins the club and they could turn their card in at the end of the night to the family who will be hosting the next dinner – almost like a dinner r.s.v.p. card. All of the proceeds from the dinner club are then turned over to the Breast Cancer Awareness program of your choice to further their efforts.
#2: Healthy Bake Sale
Bake sales are always a fun way to raise funds for your favorite charity. Since a healthy lifestyle is based on healthy living – why not host a healthy bake sale at your church, gym, office or other place where you can offer your healthy baked goods to a large group of people. You could gather volunteers to bake up batches of healthy treats that are packaged with personalized gift tags and ready to be sold. This is also a fun event to do with your children – instead of a summer lemonade stand, they could host a healthy bake sale at the entrance to your neighborhood. You could advertise your healthy bake sale with personalized pink ribbon posters too!
#3: Partner Up
If you are a member of a yoga studio, gym, pottery studio or other establishment, talk to the owner about partnering up to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness. You could work out an arrangement for each new person that you refer to their studio, they donate a % of the membership fee to Breast Cancer Awareness. You could offer to help host a “visitor’s day”, where people from the community are offered a yoga or pottery class with all of the proceeds going to the fund. Many businesses love to donate funds to charities and you will be surprised at how many of them will say yes – just ask.
#4: Drink for Pink
Whether you host a tea party at home with only close friends and family or invite all of the women from your church, book club or mom’s group to a tea party – the fundraising opportunities are huge. This is a fun activity in general but you will definitely have a great turnout when the charity is so important to all women. You could arrange to have guest speakers, workshops or classes incorporated into the event as well. Remember to send out beautiful, personalized invitations to your tea party – asking for a donation with their r.s.v.p.
#5: Race for the Cure
October is full of Race for the Cure walkathons and marathons – however, you don’t have to wait until October to start raising funds. There are several different races available throughout the year that you can sign up for today. You can even create your own Race for the Cure by collecting donations independently from your own sponsors and then turning the money over to the charity of your choice. You could thank your sponsors by sending them all a personalized Breast Cancer thank you note complete with the number of miles that you that you covered.
#6: Raffle It
It doesn’t matter what type of event you are throwing, a raffle makes any event even better! Whether you are hosting a family reunion, back to school party or beach bash this summer, why not incorporate a raffle for Breast Cancer Awareness. You can sell raffle tickets for a large ticket item that will be raffled off at the end of the night, or you can sell food and drink tickets and throw those in a large bowl to raffle off small prizes. Either way, a raffle adds a level of excitement to your gathering and since everyone loves the opportunity to win something – you are sure to raise a bunch of funds for the cure.
#7: Book Club
Many women are members of a book club – it is a great way to meet new friends, get introduced to great books, and a fun excuse to reconnect with friends each month. Instead of meeting at a fancy restaurant and blowing a lot of money on food and drinks – host your book club at a friend’s home, clubhouse or even a meeting room at the library. Ask your book club members to donate the money they would have spent at the restaurant to Breast Cancer Awareness. As a thank you give each member a special personalized Pink Ribbon bookmark favor thanking them for their donation.
YOUR TURN: Have you raised funds for Breast Cancer Awareness? If so, what type of activity did you use? We would love to hear, please leave your comments!
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