Fundraising Ideas

A Love for Life is dedicated to raising funds for pancreatic cancer research. The average survival rate for stage IV pancreatic cancer is a little over 6 months. We want to help change that number.

We have been incredibly successful in our fundraising efforts the last few years raising over $125,000 for the Abramson Cancer Center and Pancreatic Cancer Research. Each Paddler is responsible for raising a minimum $250 by race day, October 6th, 2018.  Each paddler will be set up with a personalized web page for an online method of tracking donations, you may direct friends and family to your personal website. If you have difficulty raising this amount, we will work with you on fundraising ideas as we are equally interested in raising awareness of this most deadly and hard to detect cancer.

Fundraising Levels for Paddlers
$250 - Paddler Level
$500 - Bronze Level
$750 - Silver Level
$1,000 - Gold Level
    
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Fundraising Ideas (click on idea to see detail):













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*Corporate Sponsorships
 
We continue to grow our corporate Sponsorships with your help we can continue this trend. This is a great way for business to gain awareness and name recognition while at the same time helping a great cause. There will be over 20,000 people attending the Dragon Boat Race. Ask your company, gym, doctor's office, family member to sponsor you. For more information on Corporate sponsorship please click here.

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*Sample Fundraising Email
 
Dear Friend and Family,

On October 3rd, 2015 I will be participating in a Dragon Boat Race to raise awareness and funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research. You might ask, What is a Dragon Boat Race? A Dragon Boat is like a long canoe that holds 20 paddlers, a steersperson, and a drummer. We race a 500 meter course on the Schuylkill River.

The organization I am racing and fundraising for is A Love for Life (http://aloveforlife.us/). 100% of the money raised will go to Abramson Cancer Center and Pancreatic Cancer Research. I have set a fundraising goal of $XXXX.00 by October 3rd, 2015 (race day). I am hoping you will be able to support me in this event and in the fight for a cure to Pancreatic Cancer. To donate via credit card please visit my personal donation page at www.xxxxxx.com or if you rather donate by check you can send it to me at (put your address) please make the check payable to "A Love for Life" and put my name in the memo.

I truly appreciate your support,

Best wishes, XXXXXXXXXX

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*Super Bowl Pool

How it works - this can be a fun way to raise money for A Love for Life and a few of your friends!
Step 1 - Take a piece of paper and draw  121 squares (See Graphic)



                                          You can click on the Graphic and Print it out.

Step 2 - Decide how much you want to sell each square for. For example $25.00 a square. $25.00 x 100 = $2,500
Step 3 - Decide how much you want to donate and how much you want to use for prize money, typically it is 50% for each, in this example $1,250.00 gets donated and $1,250.00 will be prize money.
Step 4 - Sell the 100 squares, some people will buy more then one square. When a square is sold you put the persons name in that square.
Step 5 - Once all the squares are sold you draw numbers out of a hat from 0 - 9. You put this numbers in the open squares at the TOP, left to right.
Step 6 - Again you draw numbers out of a hat from 0 - 9. You put this numbers in the open squares at the SIDE, top to bottom.
Step 7 - You decide which team score is represented by the TOP numbers and which teams score is represented by the SIDE numbers.
Step 7 - At the end of each quarter you take the last digit of each teams score and cross reference to the matching Square. If the score was 14 to 19 you would cross reference the 4 and the 9. This will determine the winner of the pool for the quarter. The winner will receive 1/4 of the prize money, in our example 1/4 of $1,250 or $321.50

Good Luck

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*March Madness Pool

Everybody gets excited in March during the College Basketball Tournament. Why not take advantage of this exciting time and do some fundraising. You can make your pool as simple as the above Super Bowl Pool, or as complicated as March Madness Bracket Pool. For more information on setting up a March Madness Pool you can visit this Web Site.

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*A Love for Life Apparel Sale

A Love for Life is focused on both fundraising and raising awareness of Pancreatic Cancer. One way to kill two birds with one stone is sell A Love for Life Apparel. A Love for Life will provide all of the stock. We have many different items for sale from Love for Life Car Magnets to Ties. Love for Life Hats to Shirts. Visit the Love for Life Web Site to see a complete list of items you can sell. When you sell one of these items not only do the funds you raise go toward your goal, you help get the Love for Life message out.

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*Wear a Love for Life shirt at another event

Do you have an upcoming, run, bike ride, even a walk? Why not do it while raising money for a Love for Life. Using your personalized web site (you get once you register for the Dragon Boat Race) you can solicit donations for A Love for Life for your up coming event. A Love for Life will provide you with a shirt to wear in the event.

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*Sale During Community Events

Last year several children did a few different community events. In these two examples it was children doing the fund raising though it could have been adults.
1) Movies in the Park - Snow Cone Sale - The children set up a snow cone booth and sold snow cones before the movie, donating all profits to A Love for Life.
2) Music in the Park - Ice Cream Sale - The children set up a Ice cream booth and sold novelty Ice Creams  before the music and between acts, donating all profits to A Love for Life.

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*Kids Birthday Parties

We have been amazed how generous kids have been in fundraising for A Love for Life. One great fundraising idea for kids is at their next celebration such as a birthday party. On the invitations they explain they are doing a Dragon Boat Race and are fundraising for A Love for Life, instead of a birthday gift they would appreciate a donation to A Love for Life.  They can receive the donation via check or point their guest to their personal fundraising web site.

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*A Love for Life Dinner Party
We have developed a dinner party event Kit
Simple request the kit through the A Love for Life Web site. You will receive:
  • Five over sized postcards invitations (you may request more).
  • Helpful hints on having a successful fundraising dinner party.
  • Information cards on:

    • Pancreatic Cancer.
    • Advances Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania has made.
    • A Love for Live Mission Statement.
    On the invitation you can put a suggested donation amount and ask for a check or point them to your personal fundraising page.
     
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    *Specialty Classes

    Many of our paddlers have special talents, such as Yoga, Zumba, Swimming, Chefs, Sewing, Knitting, etc.. A great and fun way to fundraise is have a free class, with a suggested donation amount (usually $10.00 - $20.00). Many times you can find a business that will donate a venue for your class in exchange for the free publicity.  A Love for Life would be glad to introduce you to others that have been successful with this type of fundraising.

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    Are you in a band, do you know a band, maybe you play an instrument or sing? Many local bars / restaurants are looking for local talent to perform in their restaurants or bars. This is a win / win. You agree to perform and the bar / restaurant agrees to make a donation to A Love for Life. This donation might be a percentage of the revenue from the night, it could be a set dollar amount, or a combination of both. In some case a cover is charged which is donated. This is another fun great way to fundraise.

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