Mud Run Fundraising Event

Mud Run Fundraising Event – Here is a great example of how to create a memorable fundraising event with https://norgesbriketten.no/tennbriketter-dugnad/ by giving things a twist like making everyone get dirty while raising funds for charity.

It seems like I’m always harping about the need to differentiate your fundraising event by making it buzzworthy, i.e., something that gets people talking about it. If you want to make your event more than just a fun run for cancer, why not make it memorable by adding in lots of mud and then making all the participants crawl through it?

The Bill Bottino Mud Run for Cancer has done just that and, as a result, its growing in popularity every year.

In 2010, just 200 people competed. In 2011, over 1,000 competed and raised over $100,000. And now in 2012, this mud run fundraiser drew over 2,000 competitors and hopes to double last year’s record-setting total for funds raised!

Money was raised at the Mud Run in a number of different ways. There were almost 90 teams, ranging in size from 2 to 60 members, competing for various awards. Many of them dressed for the part in flashy outfits and with filthy names such as “Dirty and I Know It,” “Dirty Girls” and “Dirty Hicks.”

Depending on when and where they registered, competitors were charged between $49 and $85. Some teams also raised additional money, and multiple auctions and raffles were held. Online donations contributed another $30,000.

The event fundraiser was much more than just a romp in the mud, featuring four live bands, lots of kids activities, and a large tailgate party.

Master of ceremonies Donald Fauerbach kicked things off by declaring: “You guys are the heroes — now go get dirty!”

Check out the pictures and video of this fun event fundraiser here.

Million Dollar Breast Cancer Fundraiser

A breast cancer fundraiser is auctioning a $5 million dollar jewel-encrusted statue of a golden eagle containing 18 pounds of gold to raise $1 million for breast cancer research.

Million dollar breast cancer fundraiser

The solid gold, jewel-encrusted Golden Eagle is similar to the famous “Maltese Falcon” of movie fame. The statue recently arrived at San Francisco’s John’s Grill for a special showing as part of a breast cancer charity fundraiser. John’s Grill was mentioned as a setting in Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 novel, “The Maltese Falcon.” One of the older restaurants in San Francisco, the restaurant maintains a room of historic memorabilia, including the falcon statue.

The one-of-a-kind statue dubbed the “Maltese Eagle” will be sold with a target price of $5 million dollars will be displayed at John’s Grill as part of a “Birds Of A Feather” benefit for the Friends of Faith, a breast cancer charity. The statue’s owner, Canadian philanthropist Ron Shore, plans to sell it and donate $1 million from the sale to a breast cancer charity.

The Maltese Eagle was created in an effort to raise money for breast cancer after Ron Shores’ sister-in-law passed away from breast cancer just two days after giving birth to her daughter. Shore is selling the Maltese Eagle for $5 million dollars with $1 million of the sale price being donated to the breast cancer charity of the buyers choice.

Check out this impressive million dollar breast cancer fundraiser:

Whipped Cream Pie Throwing Fundraiser

Here is a cute news story I ran across about a high school volleyball team doing a whipped cream pie throwing fundraiser. It sounds like fun, but I’m not sure I’d want to be on the receiving end of a pie in the face all day long…well 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. anyway.

For a small donation, $3 for one pie for $5 for two, folks can toss a pie in the face of their favorite volleyball player.

Read more: Norwood High Volleball “Pie” fundraiser at Norwood Day – Norwood, MA – Norwood Bulletin http://www.wickedlocal.com/norwood/news/x938530027/Norwood-High-Volleball-Pie-fundraiser-at-Norwood-Day

Obama Fundraiser By Dos Equis Pitchman

Just when you thought you had seen everything in this Presidential election campaign, an Obama fundraiser led by Dos Equis pitchman Jonathan Goldsmith, aka The Most Interesting Man In The World, is scheduled for next Tuesday in Vermont.

Obama fundraiser led by Dos Equis pitchman

Now I know that he did a commercial where his character talked a foriegn minister into changing policy over a friendly game of chess, but seriously, are we that hard up for political leadership that an ad pitchman is a major draw at a Presidential fundraiser?

The Obama campaign is promoting this fundraising event with this headline: “Please join Jonathan Goldsmith and the Obama Victory Fund for a reception with special guest Speaker of the House Shap Smith in Burlington.”

You can see the listing  here on the Obama campaign site:

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/o2012-September18Burlington

Gotta wonder what this world is coming to…its a big draw when paid pitchmen doing paid pitches for politicos.

 

 

Most Popular Fundraising Event Idea

I have to say that the most popular new fundraising event idea in 2012 has been the Hunger Games fundraiser. I don’t know if its just the extreme popularity of the books and the movie, but I’m getting more questions about how to do this type of event than all the other ones combined. Using cheap cloth table runners for those types of events are perfect when they’re themed like those at Hunger Games.

Hunger Games fundraiser

It’s probably because, at its core, a Hunger Games style event is extremely adaptable to all the fundraising variables such as group size, age of participants, amount of funds needed, available space and number of volunteers.

According to this fundraising management consultant, schools are doing this one with an academic component. Teens love it because they can identify with the characters and make their own Hunger Games outfits. Adults enjoy it because its new and different. Organizers see a Hunger Games competition as easy to promote and get sponsorships from local businesses.

And most importantly, its a huge draw for the event itself because everyone gets to passionately root 0n their favorites in all the different phases of the competition.

Big crowds + fun events = Successful fundraiser!

To see for yourself how successful this could be for your group, read the full article on FundraiserHelp.com along with my tips on how to get publicity and all the different ways to monetize your event.

If you are looking for something new and different for your next fundraising event, then I’d definitely recommend doing a Hunger Games fundraiser.