I have great news. I'm just going to blurt it out because I'm so excited. We (me and my uber fabulous girlfriends) raised $1,229 on Saturday night! Cha-ching!! You might remember me talking about my plans for our girls night out fundraiser in my last post and I have to say -- all the planning paid off.
So what made it so successful? All of the smiling faces above (minus the random dude who jumped in our photo). All of these ladies selflessly stepped up to support me and to help make a difference in raising awareness and funds to find a cure. Their caring, fun and outgoing personalities were a big reason for our success. It takes some guts to wear this kind of attire and to walk up to complete strangers to strike up a conversation. But, we did it and it worked!
We started our night around 7 p.m. at Ryleighs in Federal Hill, Baltimore (yes, I live in Philly, but I have a special spot in my heart for Baltimore where a few of my besties live). While we were having dinner, a few people took notice of our signs and approached us with donations. I even received $1 from a lady in the restroom! Ryleighs partnered with me and ran a shooter special (below) that brought in $300.
We then traveled around to six or seven more bars around Cross Street from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. to promote our cause and ask for donations. We met many generous people who pulled out $10 or $20 bills and shared heart-wrenching stories that proved how prevalent breast cancer is today. I knew we would run into a few negative nelly's, but thankfully those were few and far between.
This event has obviously been my biggest fundraising success to date and I think the key takeaway is to use your assets (no pun intended) wisely. What I mean is that a girls night out pub crawl fundraising event made perfect sense for me... given my age, my familiarity of the bar scene in Baltimore, and that I had a group of girls who were interested in helping me make a difference, etc. My mom, who works in a dentist's office, has done well in raising money by asking sales reps, other dentists and even some patients for their support. Others who have kids find success with lemonade stands or penny wars at the school, for example.
Together, Mom and I have to raise $4,600 to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure. And, with a little more than three months to go... we're only about $500 away from reaching this goal. YAY! I owe a big, huge, gigantic THANK YOU to all of my donors and especially to the eight ladies who helped rake in more than $1,000 in one night...you girls are truly angels, thank you! XOXOXO
I'm a spontaneous list-making northeast country girl who has a love for life, especially my husband, good food and a glass of wine. I'm walking 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-day because I can...because I want to make a difference...because I want to see a cure in hopes that my unborn children will be able to live in a world without cancer.