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Anything-A-Thon: Walking, dancing, jumping rope, reading, skipping, biking, aerobics... If they can do it for an extended period of time, you can organize a fun fundraiser. Participants collect pledges for each minute they can do the activity. The more creative you are with the event, the higher the chances are of getting media coverage so put on your thinking cap!

Art Show/Sale: Host an art show! Ask talented artists and crafts people to donate their work for sale, with the proceeds going toward your fundraising goal.

Babysitting: Whether it's from your weekly gig or some extra shifts, you can donate all or a portion of your earnings to your team's effort. Or babysit as a team during a community event.

Bake Sale: An oldie but a goodie! Whip up some tasty confections for your officemates, classmates, teammates, you name it... The key is to sell to as large a group as possible.

Balloon Burst: Talk about getting a bang for a buck (or two or three)! Place coupons, scratch tickets or other fun prize inside balloons before blowing them up, then hang them from the ceiling. Charge a small fee to burst a balloon and win whatever's inside.

Band Night Benefit: The local band scene is hot! Ask your favorites to come together and put on their best show. Entrance fees and a percentage of food and beverage sales can be applied toward your fundraising goal.

Bingo Night: A favorite game of all ages. Rent, purchase or make your own Bingo set and invite your friends and family to participate. Charge for each Bingo card played.

Brown-bag Lunch Day: Ask your co-workers to bring their lunch and donate the money they would have spent to the UMass Cancer Walk and Run.

Car Wash: Host a car wash at a highly visible location (something spacious with an accessible water source helps). Advertise well in advance.

Casino Night: Get friends, family, and neighbors together for a friendly game of poker, Texas Hold-em or dealer's choice! Play with with “funny money” yet have everyone donate real dollars to the cause.

Change/Donation Jar: Keep one at home, on your desk, in the lunchroom, in your car... anywhere! Ask folks to drop in their extra change. Every donation, small or large, makes a difference.

Comedy Club: Ask a local comedy club to host an evening in support of the UMass Cancer Walk and Run. Invite teams to sell tickets.

Dart Tournament: The event could be a large tournament or a small and friendly competition among friends and family.

Dog Walking: The exercise will be good for you, good for the dog, and when you request donations in lieu of payment, good for the UMass Cancer Walk and Run!

Face Painting: If you've got a flair for artistic makeup, offer your face-painting services to a local community event. Donate your proceeds to benefit the UMass Medical School Cancer Center.

Fishing Tournament: Get sponsorship from a local angling shop.

Garage Sales:  Set up a day to sell items that you, family, friends and neighbors don’t need any more.

Go Door to Door:  Go door to door and ask for donations.

Golf Tournament:  Partner with a local golf course and hold a golf tournament fundraiser.  Charge a fee to individuals who want to take part in the tournament.

Hair Salon:  Ask a local hair salon to donate money earned for every haircut they give on a certain day.

Hats off to a Cure:  Encourage your workplace or school to allow people to wear hats in exchange for a small donation.

Ice Cream Socials:  Plan one at your place of work or for friends, asking for a donation to attend.

Iron Chef Tournament:
  Contestants bring their signature dishes for attendees to judge. Offer restaurant or cooking school gift certificates as prizes.

Jail-N-Bail:  Toss friends/co-workers in “jail” and make them post bail to get out. Another twist is to have friends/co-workers pay to have someone else put in jail. Charge by the minute or in blocks of time ($.25/minute; $3.00 for 15 minutes; $12 for an hour).

Jenny Boston:  Book your fundraiser at Jenny Boston on a Wednesday or Thursday evening and enjoy private shopping with friends with 10% - 15% of sales being donated to the UMass Medical School Cancer Center.  Westborough - 508.545.0060 -

Jewelry Party:  Many in-home jewelry parties will offer a charitable donation in lieu of hostess gifts.

Karaoke:  Organize a party and have guests pay to sing or have their friends pay to have them sing.

Letter Writing:  Write a personal letter asking friends or family to support your fundraising efforts. Make sure to include your personal story and motivation!

Massage Certificates:  Who doesn’t love a good message. It’s even better when proceeds go to fight cancer! HealthSource Chiropractic will supply you with Gift Certificates for 30-minute massages at one of their offices. You sell the messages for $20 each. The team keeps the $20 and puts it towards their fundraising totals. The recipient calls HealthSource Chiropractic to schedule their appointment and can either stay with the 30-minute massage or upgrade to a 1 hour massage for an additional $20.

Make it a Monopoly® Night:  Charge an admission fee and make it a fun night.

Movie Night:  For a donation, guests can come enjoy a movie with snacks and drinks.  Get an outdoor projector and make it an outdoor movie night.

Murder Mystery Dinner:  Host a dinner where your guests will be providing most of the entertainment. Tips to hosting murder mystery dinners can be found online, in addition to complete kits that can be purchased for a small fee. Know someone who already hosts mystery dinners, partner with them to host a benefit mystery dinner!

No Sew Blanket:  Make a few no sew blankets and then raffle them off!

Office Fundraising Challenge:  Talk with everyone in your office and get them to challenge each other to raise the highest amount. The strongest competition is typically between departments. Offer prizes: free day off, VIP parking, or lunch with the boss.

Paint Night:  Paint Nite, is proud to support the local community by creating fun events that raise money for your favorite organization. You supply: advance notice, $100 deposit to hold the date & 35 guests minimum and Paint Nite will donate a portion of ticket sales to the UMass Cancer Walk and Run.

Paisley Boutique:  Invite your friends out for a night of private shopping at this lovely boutique. Based on the sales for the evening Paisley Boutique will donate 15% - 25% of sales to the UMass Medical School Cancer Center.  North Grafton - 508.730.8585 -

Penny War:  Get the departments or branches at your work to compete against one another in a Penny War. Containers are placed in a lunch or break room and are labeled with each team’s name. Then the competition begins…each team earns one point for every penny in their container. However, a point will be deducted for every non-penny found in their container (ex: 2,000 points would be deducted for a $20 bill). The goal is to get as much silver and paper bills into the other teams’ containers while collecting as many pennies as possible in yours. The team with the highest score receives a prize.

PYOP Studio:  Host a fundraiser at PYOP studio. They will provide you with a PDF that you can print off and hand out. If someone brings in that paper during the fundraiser weekend, they will donate 15% of their total to the UMass Medical School Cancer Center.  Northborough - 508.393.3100 -

Quilt Sale:  Are you or someone you know part of a quilting group? Ask for quilts to be donated for a benefit sale.

Raffle Tickets:  Get a few highly desired items donated and sell raffle tickets in the community for a chance to win those items, in addition to other smaller items.

Restaurant fundraiser: Some area restaurants will help you raise money! On a mutually agreed-upon date, your restaurant partner will donate a percentage of that day's sales to your fundraising efforts. You promote to your networks. Everyone wins!

Scrapbooking:  Get friends and family together for a scrapbooking workshop where they can learn how to turn pictures into memorable and personal works of art.

Spaghetti Dinner:  Have your team put together a spaghetti dinner at a local hall or club.  Charge a small fee per spaghetti plate.

Sports Tournaments:  Borrow a field in your community and host a benefit tournament for softball, kickball, dodgeball, soccer, football.

Tips:   Ask local salons, waitresses or bartenders to donate a portion of their tips on a designated day(s). Make sure to hang flyers letting everyone know that all tips will be donated to the UMass Medical School Cancer Center.

Trivia Night:  Charge a fee per team to play. You can ask questions about sports, pop culture, music, local history, geography.

Tupperware Party:  Have the profits from a Tupperware party benefit your team.

Used Book Sale:  Ask your co-workers, friends and neighbors for any unwanted books they may have and then re-sell them.

Video Sale:  Sell old DVDs or CDs.

Vintage Car Show:  Organize a show where car fanatics can come out and check out some of the coolest cars in town. Charge an entry fee for each car to be displayed.

Wii Competition:  Host a Wii competition where the adults have a chance to play like kids. The event could focus on sports, singing or musical competitions. Charge a fee for those who wish to play, in addition to a small spectator's fee.

Wine Tasting:  Gather your friends and have them each bring their favorite bottle of wine. Cover the labels and offer wine tastings. Or ask a wine merchant, local vineyard or local liquor store to donate a variety of wines to use at your event. Sell tickets to the event. Raise more money by selling drawing tickets and/or adding a live auction.

Yard Invasions:  Unsuspecting people pay a fee for the removal of a decoration invasion that you snuck in during the night. These could be Plastic Flocking Flamingos, Garden Gnomes, or Pink Toilets. Increase earnings by allowing people to buy insurance against having an invasion, and/or an extra fee to have the invasion go to a specific person's garden after leaving theirs.

Your Own Idea:  Almost any hobby or interest can be used to create a charity fundraiser event. Chances are that if you are involved in it, others in your community are too.

Zumba Night:  Find a trainer for the dance fitness program, charge a fee and learn some Zumba moves.

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Best Fundraising Event 2019 - Worcester Magazine

Best Fundraising Event 2019