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Fundraising Tip #12: A night at the movies

Written by on Jul 28, 2010

Everyone loves going to the movies. From Toy Story 3 to Predators to Sorcerer's Apprentice, there's something for everyone. So why not appeal to that broad audience for your fundraising by organizing a movie night?

Have fun and raise funds by inviting friends to your house to watch some movies. Charge a small cover price, or ask for a donation of their choice. You can even prepare some popcorn and soda and sell it for half the price that a theater would. With trips to the movies being so expensive, your friends and family will enjoy the opportunity to see their ticket prices going toward a cure for MS.

Film projectorOf course, you'll need some good movies to show, too! Start the evening with a family-friendly movie; save any anything for the adults (like a boring old romantic comedy) until after the kids are asleep. You can also try to theme the movies by showing films from a similar era, genre, or actor, while still providing some diversity. For example, Jimmy Stewart appeared in two very different films: Harvey and Vertigo, two classics that kids and adults, respectively, can enjoy.

If you're feeling particularly ambitious (or if you don't have a sufficiently large television or movie-viewing area), you can even organize an outing to the movie theater, complete with raffle tickets and prizes. Take a look at a similar fundraiser organized last year by team Gail Force at the Elm Draught House in Millbury.

So pick some flicks, call some friends, and raise some dough toward your MS Challenge Walk goal. We might have a happy ending after all!

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.