Monday, November 22, 2010

How to Raise $10,000

Start with a very motivated, well-connected, generous woman who is completely excited about raising money for an incredible cause (an on-board husband helps). Enroll the rest of your team of 14 intrepid walkers. Pick a date. Start asking for donations. Invite creative women from your community to come and sell their wares. Invite every woman you know to attend with their cash, cheque and/or credit card. Obtain a wine sponsor and food sponsors (cupcakes, appies, cheese trays, cookies, sushi). Move all furniture out of your house into your garage. Reinforce your living room floor joists (see on-board husband above). Put up a tent....a big 40' x 40' tent, on the driveway, provided by local realty company.

Fill 100 bags with donated girly goodies like magazines, blow-dries, yoga passes, spa gift cards, pens, recipe cards:

100 girly goody bags

Open the doors at 6:00 p.m. Charge everyone $5 to get in, hand them a goody bag and a door prize ticket.

door open!

Have amazing silent and live auction prizes, like champagne balloon rides, hockey & symphony & Stars on Ice tickets, beauty baskets, hotel weekends and dinner for 10 prepared and served by uniformed firefighters (again, see on-board husband above....thanks Steve!) .

Fiona & Jo Ann at silent auction

Find a couple of adorable tweens to sell the "100% proceeds to the team" goods (including all-natural doggie cookies that said tweens baked all by themselves).

D&E at team table
I'm so proud of these 2, they sat for 3 hours smiling and taking money. Plus, they got to see the incredible success of hard-working women firsthand. Great life lesson.

Shut 'er down at 9:30 p.m. and count your money! (I was too busy counting to take photos).

Last Thursday, the thirteen women who have joined my team "Kickin' Cancer with Creativity" worked very hard to support the vision of our teammate Joyce (see first line of this post) and put on this amazing fund raising benefit. Joyce and her husband upended their entire household for a week so that we could host 175 women and raise over $10,000 in the fight against all women's cancers. We live in a very supportive community and are overwhelmed with the success of this event.

Bravo team!!! Now all we have to do is walk 60 km in a weekend! I can't wait.


14 comments:

felicity said...

Wow. Like, WOW. Congratulations on your team's incredible achievement, Krista!!

Duff said...

Amazing! Congrats to everyone involved for making this such a HUGE success!

paulette said...

Wow!! INCREDIBLE!!! Congratulations on a job well done!! And what a lesson for your daughter!! There is nothing like a role model!!
Take care!
Paulette

nicolette said...

That’s an amazing achievement! Congratulations on your team’s effort!

Amy said...

Congratulations! Boy, that was a lot of work. Good for you Krista!

carol said...

Job well done, Krista.....but I want to know one thing. Do you you ever sit down? It seems like you are doing something all of the time and not just little things......but group teaching, and fund drives, and retreats. Wow! You must have the energy of five people!

Emma Kate said...

that is AMAZING! What support you had. How on Earth did you get all those prizes, we get hardly any companies donating to us! This has motivated me to try harder! CONGRATULATIONS XXX

Michele Pacey said...

congratulations krista! it's amazing what people can do when they put their motivated, well-connected, and generous minds to it!

Michelle said...

What a wonderful idea! So ingenious! You are giving me ideas...

Carol said...

Congratulations and well done to everyone.

Peg said...

What an amazing accomplishment - congratulations to all of you!

Mrs Moen said...

That is amazing; congratulations!!!

Beata said...

Very inspiring, Krista!!

traceyjay said...

/this is me giving you a big, grateful round of applause. :)