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Money Can’t Buy Me Love…

Faced with the end of one of Deen’s Day Trippers larger fundraisers, their team came up with a creative yet simple solution to raising more funds. Doreen’s guidance to her new team members will take them far!
Helaine Isaacs
PUW Event Director

Money can’t buy me love but it can fund research to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

This is Deen’s Day Trippers’ 10th year at the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. Our name is a combination of my nickname and my love for the Beatles. For the past several years, we’ve held a number of different fundraisers – a Pasta for Parkinson’s dinner, a restaurant fundraiser, Country for a Cure, and two bar events.

This year, my sister, Robin sold her restaurant in VT, so we are losing the fundraiser that brought in the greatest amount of money. We want to find a new way to make up for the funds we used to raise at Pasta for Parkinson’s. Our friends and family continue to generously support our team each year, but our network of family and friends tend to overlap with one another.

Then we realized the solution was simple – we need to expand our network! My goal is for 10 new Trippers to sign up, 10 additional team members to expand our network, who will invite their friends, family, and coworkers to donate to our team and support our cause. If 10 new members joined us and they each raised a few hundred dollars, we’ll have collectively raised a few thousand dollars. It’s as easy as that.

As we identify each new potential team member, I encourage them to join our team and provide them with guidance, so they can be successful in their fundraising. My suggestions to them include:
* Personalize your donation page. I offer to have my daughter, Jenny, do this for them.
* Share the link. You can post it on Instagram or send it in an email.
* Download the Unity Walk’s mobile and Facebook aps.
* If you don’t feel technologically savvy, you can just tell people about the Walk.
* If they are unable to donate online, invite them to send a check or give you cash or Venmo you! You can take care of mailing in the donations you collect.
* Tell your friends and family our story, how far we’ve come, how motivated and hopeful we are. Tell them how wonderful this event is, that it’s the largest grassroots fundraiser for PD. It’s not just a walk in Central Park – it’s a celebration of optimism and it raises millions of dollars to find a cure for PD.
* Let them know that 100% of all donations are divided among five major Parkinson’s foundations and go directly to research.
* And make sure they know what a profound impact this event has on the millions of people living with PD, like me.

Our goal is to surpass the $100,000 mark as we participate in our team’s 10th Unity Walk and we can’t do that without a little help from my friends.

The Parkinson’s Unity Walk needs you! I need you. Won’t you join us?

Doreen Erasmus
Team Member, Deen’s Day Trippers

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