For these teams, local bars are a successful venue for their fundraisers
Based on some of our teams, when young people want to raise funds for the Unity Walk, they often plan something they enjoy and it’s often in places where their friends will want to go—surely if you want ducks, go where the ducks are! It often includes a drink at a local bar combined with raising money for research. Teams Ryan’s Hope, Deen’s Day Trippers, Geli’s Piojos, and Las Nenas de Ariel did just that and were successful in raising funds for research on behalf of their loved ones.
Ever since her dad’s Parkinson’s diagnosis, Kate Harmon wanted to plan a fundraiser. I never really knew what to do until he said, “Do something you enjoy.” From there she created “Pints for Parkinson.” All she did was ask her favorite bar in York, PA if they would let her host a fundraiser there and the rest is history! It was scheduled on April 15th on the night of the tragic bombings in Boston and in spite of that, Kate didn’t let anything stop her event. She describes it as an unforgettable night where she learned the biggest lesson from the event, “… was that people are inherently good, and we can help to change the world.”
Like Kate Harmon, Jenny Erasmus also explained her cause to a number of bars in her neighborhood and asked if they would be willing to host an event. As Team Captain of Deen’s Day Trippers, she wanted to plan a fundraiser at a local bar in Brooklyn, NY on behalf of her mom, Doreen, and “… as a way to get extra donations while also celebrating our team,” states Jenny. She received so many positive responses and had to turn several bars down! Once her venue was pinned down at Good Co., and a public Facebook event later, “Day Drinking with the Day Trippers” was born! The word spread and Jenny was, “… absolutely thrilled with the outcome. We had so much fun and I can’t wait to do this again next year.”
Amy Catano of Team Geli’s Piojos and Ariel Ramos of Team Las Nenas de Ariel partnered to add another element to their bar fundraiser—karaoke! The result of their partnership was “Karaoke for a Cure,” which turned out to be a successful fundraiser on the Upper East Side of Manhattan! The two team captains explained that in their cultures, “…singing with your family and friends is a normal occurrence. Why not incorporate this tradition into our fundraising efforts? Karaoke is good for the soul! It’s drinking, it’s family and whether you cheer someone on or have the courage to get up on stage (and maybe fall off COMPLETELY by mistake like I did)—it’s a good time. So what better way to have some fun while raising funds?”
If you know of similar fundraisers, please comment and let us know.