Stop Out and About | May 2017

Prevent Foodborne Illness + Support Victims With a Fundraiser this Summer!

Walks, Runs, Dinners, Raffles + More = Help Save Lives

One very meaningful and fun way you can help Stop Foodborne Illness do more to prevent the devastating impact of foodborne disease is by holding your very own fundraiser.

And with summer now upon us, it’s an especially fantastic time for one!

Warmer weather really helps bolster interest in events like walks, runs, and other outdoor activities that get people excited to get moving and socializing while supporting great causes. Of course, there are many other options for simple, engaging fundraisers that give you the chance to show your passion for preventing foodborne illness, educate others on food safety, and raise critical funds to keep our life-saving work going strong.

Fundraisers You Can Hold to Help Stop Foodborne Illness

While our list below isn’t meant to be exhaustive, we hope these different types of fundraisers you can put on this summer (and beyond!) serve as inspiration for you to say “YES!” and put some wheels in motion.

  • Walk, Run, or Bike Event: Plan a walk, run, or biking event in your neighborhood and raise pledges with your friends, family, and colleagues.
  • BBQ or Dinner Party: If you love entertaining, this is the event for you! Invite friends and family over for a BBQ or dinner party and ask guests to make a donation to Stop Foodborne Illness. We can provide you with an informational video to play at the party along with educational materials to make it a night of education and inspiration.
  • Auction or Garage Sale: Plan your own auction by inviting people you know to donate antiques, art, sports memorabilia, gift baskets, or other items people like to bid on. Or, select a weekend and hold a day-long (or two) yard sale. Share food safety factsheets, and let browsers know that all the proceeds are going to Stop Foodborne Illness. We all have friends and relatives who want to simplify and reduce. *Remember: One person’s junk is another person’s treasure!
  • Bowling Event: Plan a fun day or evening out bowling with friends, family, and colleagues. Funds can be raised through participation fees, a silent auction, and raffles.
  • Restaurant Night: Partner with a local restaurant to donate a portion of the proceeds from the night.  Promote this opportunity to support us to your friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Raffles: Each person who donates $20 (or another amount) receives an entry into a drawing for an exciting prize. The could be a gift certificate to a popular restaurant or shopping venue in a generous amount.

Tips for Making Your Fundraiser a Big Success

  • Organize your fundraiser IN HONOR or IN MEMORY of a loved one who’s been affected by foodborne illness. This is a very special way to pay tribute to someone you care about while raising funds for a cause that helps others avoid the pain and suffering they’ve gone through.
  • Use fundraising sites like crowdrise.com or www.gofundme.com to easily raise funds online.
  • Wear themed t-shirts or other apparel to help promote the message of preventing foodborne illness. You can create these and sell in advance of your event.
  • Promote your fundraiser via your social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to drum up lots of interest and support.

Have Questions?

If you have questions or would like a little help getting your event organized, please reach out to Stanley Rutledge, Community Coordinator, at srutledge@stopfoodborneillness.org. Stanley will walk you through some ways that we can assist with making your fundraiser a wonderful success.

Thank you so much in advance from all of us at Stop Foodborne Illness!

 

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