Do you have a great idea – or do you need a great idea – for helping your Walk to End Alzheimer’s team beat last year’s fundraising goal? Last night’s first team captain kick off and networking event was an opportunity to brainstorm and share ideas, and we heard a lot!
(If you missed out, more events are planned…read on!)
One team is planning a corn hole tournament; another has organized a softball tourney; at least two teams are having yard sales and bake sales; another team is going to have a kick ball tournament; and yet another is planning an event with Karoake!
Participants in last night’s event discussed all these ideas and more, asking others who had already produced successful events for tips and contacts. Team captains also talked about:
- how long-term care facilities can build their family and friends teams;
- how corporate partners can grow their employee teams;
- how to get your story told, to draw in more donors;
- how to use Facebook and other social media to raise funds;
- how to re-energize teams that have been around for a while; and
- how to keep a team going after the loved one who suffered with Alzheimer’s has passed on.
Kindred Healthcare hosted this first event, providing truly delectable munchies (including my favorite, green chili wontons with guacamole) and a lovely space, as well as pleasant, live background music. I’m very grateful for Kindred’s continued, significant support to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Champp’s on Bullitt Lane behind the Ford dealership and Kohl’s in St. Matthews will provide free appetizers and the space for our next networking event, scheduled for happy hour on Tuesday, July 16. Whether you are the captain or a Walk team member driven to help your team do more this year to help end Alzheimer’s, this is an opportunity to listen, learn and share. I promise you’ll come away pumped up with ideas and inspiration to do more! So put this on your calendar.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t already, visit the http://www.alz.org website to register your team and create your own team fundraising page, from which you can send emails, create a Facebook fundraising message, send thank you’s to donors and use a variety of other easy, convenient tools.
Walk season is here! Let’s get going!