Host a Virtual or Live Event
The power of fundraising is within you! Community events empower our advocates to share our mission and raise funds that provide transformative time for families facing cancer. We can provide you with the digital tools needed to jump-start your wildest virtual fundraising ideas while safely adhering to the CDC guidelines. We also help corporations host fundraising events, too! Here’s a link to our FAQ’s so you can learn more.
Read some of the ideas below and download your toolkit found at the bottom of this page. Welcome to the FPS family!
Every year, more than 100 organizations and individuals hold external events to benefit For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation. External events are hosted and fully orchestrated by supporters of For Pete’s Sake, and many of these supporters are past Travelers from our program!
Ranging from a lemonade stand or virtual trivia night to a Bouncing or Bumping for a Break or school/office dress down day, these activities can involve your school, office, sports team, neighborhood and friends, and can be as creative and fun as you imagine! If you’re hosting a virtual event, we can provide you with complimentary technology to bring your friends and family together online. Here are some of our most loved community event ideas (all can be modified for virtual or in person):
Cornhole for Cancer
The Pandemic has made cancer even more isolating for families and has also made fundraising events difficult for our charity. So, we created Cornhole for Cancer that allows communities to gather in a safe way and raise funds for families facing cancer! Learn more at https://www.cornholeforcancer.org/
For Pete’s Sake, Play!
Sporting events like golf tournaments, bowl-a-thons, fitness challenges and tournaments are a great way to get people involved! To make it virtual, host a video game tournament! One of our favorites is a model called For Pete’s Sake, Play! You can download a toolkit here and we have worked with supporters to focus on volleyball (Bumping for Break) and basketball (Bouncing for a Break). Any sport can be used to make a difference in the life of an FPS family!
Host an evening of competition and fun, with a virtual game night. Choose from a simple game of Charades or Pictionary. Take it up a notch and organize a virtual scavenger hunt, trivia night, or a murder mystery dinner. The options are endless!
Open Mic Night!
Everyone has talent, whether you’ve shared it with others, or not. Come together for a virtual Open Mic Night to showcase your writing skills in a poem, your humor through jokes, or express yourself in song. The more talents shared, the better!
Lemonade Stands and bake sales are a favorite way for our youngest supporters to support our mission! Simply set up a stand and sell the sweet treats for a donation to FPS. You can also sell baked goods via facebook fundraisers or collect donations on venmo (FPS has a venmo account you can utilize), and then deliver your treats locally to your supporters!
Corporate and School Ideas
Is your business back in person? Sign up for Jeans Day, Sweatpants Day, Sports Jersey Day or anything else that will make dressing for work a little more fun and relaxed! In the summer months, we offer Flip Flop Fridays in which employees pay a small donation to wear their favorite flip flops to work. This dress down model can also work well for school fundraising! We list many more ways corporations can give back on our Pete’s Partners page: click here!
Take a Break Club
Students are the future of our country, and more importantly, the future of For Pete’s Sake! Our Take A Break Club seamlessly integrates the FPS mantra of taking a break from the stresses of life, and teaches students how to become compassionate, philanthropic leaders. Although our respite program is geared towards cancer patients ages 24-55, we often have patients with teenagers who travel. This club is our way of reaching even more of our community!
Bumping for a Break
At For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation we believe in using the power and influence of sports to build players as people on and off the court. Through this fundraiser, players and family learn the value and importance of giving back to the community and working as a team, all while directly helping adult cancer patients to take a break from cancer. Will your Bumping For a Break be an all-day tournament with multiple teams? Or, will it just be a game versing one other team? If so, think about doing the fundraiser against your biggest rival so the game is even more exciting.
We Are Here to Help!
Planning and coordinating a fundraising event can be an exciting and challenging experience and we are here to help! To get started on your fundraiser, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Alisa Tammaro, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 267.708.0510. Please download our list of fundraising ideas and Statement of Understanding.