October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, making it a great time to organize a breast cancer fundraising event. Whether you’re raising funds for cancer treatment, research, or awareness, there are many different avenues to pursue. We look at some of the most effective ways to create a community around breast cancer awareness and fundraising.
Throw a pink party
A “pink party” is a great way to generate awareness around breast cancer. To host this type of event, you’ll want to ensure that all decorations are pink. Also, let guests know on the invitation that they should wear pink as well. Making as much of the food and beverages pink as possible is another fun way to add flair to the party. In order to make it a true breast cancer fundraising event, consider charging an admission fee or asking for donations from guests. The more the merrier.
Host a 50/50 raffle fundraiser
A 50/50 raffle is a low-cost way to raise money for the breast cancer cause. As a host, you simply need a roll of raffle tickets and a place to hold an event. You may choose to organize a pink party as outlined above or another type of event where many people can gather. Sell raffle tickets in advance of the event, at the door, and during the event for maximum fundraising. The drawing can be held at the event so that everyone can be involved in the excitement. The winner of the raffle gets to take home 50 percent of the proceeds with the other 50 percent going toward the cause. Keeping track of and advertising how big the pot is growing is a great way to get people excited and involved.
Partner with a restaurant
Working with a restaurant to host a special breast cancer fundraising event is a great way to raise money and awareness. Most restaurants are open to partnering with charities, so start by making a list of restaurants that would make a good host. You may consider both national franchises as well as smaller, more local restaurants. Hosting a restaurant partnership during Breast Cancer Awareness Month can optimize publicity and results. Once you settle on a restaurant, they will host a night in honor of the cause and a portion of the sales will be donated.
Organize a breast cancer charity run
A breast cancer charity run can be a run and engaging way to raise awareness and money for your cause. This may require more planning than some of the other options, and you’ll need to map out:
- The ideal location for the run
- A list of volunteers and their responsibilities
- Legal needs
- Promotion and registration
- Communication with participants
You’ll also need to ensure that you have a website for your race set up and that you can accept registrations and donations through the site.
No matter which route you choose, hosting a breast cancer fundraising event can have a profound impact. Doing do during Breast Cancer Awareness Month can amplify the impact even more. Consider all your options and make a pros and cons list for each.
At the end of the day, rest easy knowing you are contributing in a great way to a great cause.