How to Host a Local Event


Individuals are welcome (and needed!) to organize local Connections that may include a fundraising initiative. We can provide ideas, guidance and support in organizing your special event.

Making Connections

Connections are special events that bring our community members together to share stories, resources, treatment programs and concerns as well as learn about treatment therapies and research. Connections can range from small, casual get-togethers to formal events with one or more featured programs or speakers. The type of Connection depends upon the Connection organizer’s interests, abilities and geographic location (i.e., how many other community members are in the organizer’s area).

The Connections Resource Book provides suggestions to help you in organizing and hosting a successful Connection.

Event Ideas

Here are some ideas that could be used to help raise funds for research:

  • GET AN A-THON GOING ON

    GET AN A-THON GOING ON

    Bike-a-thon, roll-a-thon, dance-a-thon, walk-a-thon or similar activity

  • RESTAURANT PROMOTION

    RESTAURANT PROMOTION

    Restaurant Promotion, where a restaurant donates a portion of sales on aparticular date. Or try a Coupon Booklet Promotion – some restaurants or grocery store chains offer coupon books.

  • SOCIAL GET TOGETHERS

    SOCIAL GET TOGETHERS

    Social – a barbecue, picnic, breakfast, or dinner. Sell tickets for the meal that will also include a donation. You can add a raffle or auction to raise additional funds.

  • “PARTY PLAN” EVENTS

    “PARTY PLAN” EVENTS

    Hold a “party plan” event with a direct-selling company willing to donate a percentage of the proceeds (Tupperware, Pampered Chef and Avon are popular choices).

  • POPULAR EVENTS

    POPULAR EVENTS

    Bake Sale, Car Wash, Rummage or Yard Sale, or Gift Wrapping Table

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