Some of my best friends decided a few years back to start a fundraising party to raise money for Relay for Life. Instead of just asking friends for donations, they decided to have a party to raise money. My friends love to have a theme or a reason to get together, so why not party for a cause! This year, my husband and I are considering doing a similar event to raise money for a charity near to our hearts, Operation Smile, which supports cleft reconstruction surgeries for children in third-world countries. We began brain storming unique ideas to bring everyone together and came up with the following list:
Beer Pong Tournament
I must admit, this one wasn’t my idea; this is what our best friends do every year for Relay for Life. They purchase the meat for a BBQ and everyone brings a side dish. There is a $30 entrance fee per team, and the profits, less the money for the keg, goes straight to the charity. The tournament is a single elimination, and the winning team walks away with a $50 prize while the runner up gets their original $30 back. Most winners opt to donate their winnings back to the pot, making our annual total donation around $1,000. Making up that number also is the shot wheel of death, where people pay $5 to make their chosen victim spin a shot wheel and take the item they land on. Sometimes it’s water or lemonade, sometimes it’s vodka or tequila.
This is the top contender for my husband and my event this year. We are looking to structure it similar to the beer pong tournament, with a $30 entrance fee and prize money of $50 for the winner $30 for the runner up. We plan to have three sets of bags going at once, so the party doesn’t take two days!
Clothing Exchange for a Cause
I’ve talked about clothing exchanges with my girlfriends in previous blogs; however it might be fun to add a twist to this closet cleaning exercise and make each guest donate for the items they take home. Set a fair price that fits into everyone’s budget; say $5 for pants, $3 for shirts, $2 for accessories, etc. This is a great way to not only clean out your closet and come home with new items for your wardrobe, but also to raise a little money for charity.
Charity Cook Class
I love to learn new recipes and love to get together with my girlfriends. Consider throwing a charity cooking class where each of your friends is the expert chef. Have each participate come with the ingredients and instructions to make one of their favorite dishes and teach the rest of the group to make the dish. Print out extra copies of the recipe so everyone can take home a recipe book from the night. Charge an admission fee for the evening, say $10/person, and donate that money to charity. At the end of the night, you will walk away with a recipe book full of new meals and have enjoyed a great meal for a good cause.