A Benefit ConcertHolding a benefit concert in your area is a great way to get a large crowd out to support you. This type of event is mutually beneficial for the cause and the band involved. You get a larger audience of people who like the band but do not know about HD, and the band gets a larger audience of people who want to the support the HD fundraiser but do not know the band. Adding a silent auction or a dinner will also increase your attendance even more. In no time you will be rocking your way to a successful fundraiser.
Seasonal ActivitiesWhether it is celebrating the return of spring, the warm days of summer, the colours of fall or the first winter snowfall, seasonal activities are events that everyone can relate to! Plan a gardening fundraiser in the spring, an outdoor funfair in the summer, a craft show in the fall or a sledding event in the winter. Whichever season you pick, the event should celebrate the weather in some way and you should offer seasonal goodies for attendees to enjoy. Everyone can get on board with celebrating the seasons, and you can raise money for HD in the process.
Information SessionInvite a guest speaker from your community to talk about HD-relevant topics and hold an information session. Individuals who are affected by HD will attend to learn about new research, best care practices and new therapies, while people from outside the HD community will have an opportunity to learn more about what HD is. Offer snacks, a question and answer period and charge an admission fee to raise funds.
May AwarenessAll of May is HD Awareness Month. Most notably, this is the month that we try to #LightItUp4HD each and every day. The Light It Up campaign's purpose is to have monuments all over the world light up either purple or blue to raise awareness for Huntington disease and Juvenile Huntington disease. Communities also organize flag raisings and other awareness events. You can always plan your own May event and include a fundraising portion such as a BBQ, street fair, walk, etc. to raise funds as well as awareness.
Event ideas can range from silly to serious, small to large and easy to difficult, but there are several of them out there. This is only a short list of potential ideas that have proven successful in the past. If you would like to create one of these events or for more event ideas, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.