Choose the type of event your team will produce, along with date and location
It is important to choose an event that you, your friends, family and community will embrace and can produce successfully. They are your team! Some ideas are:
|Run||Dinner and Dance||Open Mic Night at a Club||Host a Dinner|
|Walk||Ladies Luncheon||Karaoke Night||Garage Sale|
|Triathalon||Car Wash||Group Dinner (restaurants give a % back)||Lemonade Stand|
|Cycle||Auction or Bazaar||Shaken or Stirred? (Happy Hour)||Bar-B-Q|
|Roller Skating||Fashion Show||Bachelor or Bachelorette||Jewelry Sale or Hand Bag Sale|
|Ice Skating||Tea Party with Mom or Grandmother||Museum Outing or Art Sale||Community Raffle|
|Baseball Game||Family or Town Picnic||Book Club Fundraiser||Cook-Off|
|Football Game||Carnival||Game Show (Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune)||Poetry Reading|
|Golf Outing||Concert||Pancake Breakfast||Lecture|
|Bowling||Play or Show||Book Fair||Beauty Makeover|
|Weight Lifting Competition||Bake Sale||Lecture||Tutoring Services|
|Swim Competition||Wine Tasting||Holiday Fair||Bridal Favor or Gift Donation|
|Surfing and Scuba||Motor Cycle Run||Pet Costume Contest|
|Ping Pong Tournament||Casino or Bingo Night||Pet Show|
|Pool Tournament||Theme Party with Costumes Contest||Junior Science Fair|
|Dance||Sell Candy or Cookies||Block Party|
|Volley Ball||Comedy Night at a Club||Beach Party|
Location can make or break an event. Consider accessibility, public transportation, cost and a day that works for your team. Some ideas are:
Parks are good locations for most sporting events, picnics, carnivals and the like. It can work for events that include pets as well.
Local Eateries and Bars
Most restaurants in your community are happy to help. Some may kick-back a percentage of the revenue from your party. Others may offer meals for raffle gifts.
Community Groups and Organizations
Every community has organizations that have meeting/event halls. Some of them rent them out, or presented with a cause, they may donate the space.
Schools and Universities
Having an event at a local school or university is a real community pleaser. Sometimes you can get the school to support your efforts and it helps spread the word.
Business owners are usually very supportive of charities and may allow you to set up a display in front of their business. This is a very effective way to sell raffle tickets, especially on busy shopping days or holidays when traffic is heavy.
Malls, large shopping centers and office buildings (generally closed on Sundays) usually have large parking lots. Ideal for a car wash, flea market, book fair or perhaps the starting/finishing line for a walk or run. There may be no charge or a small fee for security and/or maintenance.
Fun in the sun! It’s great for all ages and includes a full day of entertainment. This location is excellent for a walk or run, a volley ball tournament, family picnic or sand castle contest.