Worcester Team Rally & fundraising ideas

Written by on May 22, 2009 at 9:37 am

At a Worcester rally, team-building exercises and fundraising ideas were brainstormed and shared.

Earlier this spring, the the NMSS hosted a team rally in Worcester. About 18 people showed up from all parts of New England to meet each other and brainstorm fundraising and team-building exercises for all NMSS events, including the 50-mile Challenge Walk, the Worcester one-day walk, and the Cape Cod Getaway. In a variation on "speed dating", each participant moved from table to table, where they quickly exchanged ideas before moving to the next table of attendees. The evening culminated in everyone regrouping to share what they'd learned.

Beth Sansoucy of the Master Striders talked about the success her team has had approaching cars at red lights to ask for donations, similar to what firefighters do for Jerry's Kids. Not only is this a lucrative fundraiser, with over $7,000 raised in just four hours, but the number of people it takes to effectively cover several intersections makes it a great team builder as well and contributes to all its participants' fundraising goals.

Ken Gagne of the MSchief Makers suggested selling raffle tickets to one's co-workers, where the winner gets an extra vacation day. Though his particular workplace did not approve this fundraiser, his supervisor did contribute to his walk instead, so all was not for naught.

These were just two of the many ideas that were considered last night. Diane Fitzmaurice of the NMSS's Worcester chapter circulated an exhaustive list of 101 fundraising ideas, including bake sales, bowling nights, and "pajama days". What other ways can you think of to meet your goal?

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

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