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Spring Fever Fundraiser

For the 4th consecutive year I've hosted a “Spring Fever Fundraiser” in Brooklyn, NY to raise donations for our Unity Walk team. The event takes place a few weeks prior to the Walk. A few years ago, I was fortunate to find a bar whose owner was more than willing to lend his business to us for a few hours. He generously donates 10% of the bar's profit during the time of the fundraiser (4-7pm). There is no fee to enter, but in addition to 10% of the bar tab, the owner helps secure a keg of beer donated from a local brewery. He lets us sell this for whatever we want. This year cups from the keg were $5 each.

I promoted the event with a public Facebook event page and encouraged all invitees to share the link and invite their friends. Having done this for 4 years I have many friends and coworkers who look forward to this every April and are eager to help me promote the party. Having a few beers on a Saturday afternoon at a fun bar in a cool neighborhood with great people makes everyone feel good - especially when they're doing it to raise money for such a wonderful cause.

The largest profit comes from a raffle which is the highlight of the event. All raffle tickets are $1 each and all raffle prizes are donated. I curate a list of businesses in NYC to reach out to and contact them all via email with a brief note explaining the event I'm hosting to raise money for my PUW team. I’m always astounded by the response I receive and the generosity of strangers – you never know who will be willing to help. This year the New York Comedy Club donated 20 tickets to be used for any comedy show! A swanky gym in midtown donated a 3-month membership (a $700+ value)! I received gift certificates to cooking classes, spin classes, yoga classes, and coffee making classes. There were gift cards to popular restaurants, bakeries, nail salons, barber shops, and movie theaters. I had 28 total prizes.

Lucky for me the bar was crowded before my friends even got there and it seemed everyone at the bar wanted to participate in the raffle and was so happy to support our cause. I created a brochure that explained the purpose of our event and a bit about the Unity Walk, including where the donations go. I laid these out all over the bar and passed them out to patrons. Everyone read it and loved it! My sister and I sold more raffle tickets than ever and made a handful of new friends who promised they'll be back next year. The event was an outstanding success!

Jenny Erasmus
Team Captain, Deen’s Day Trippers

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