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Fundraising News From Around the World

Welcome to the January 2018 issue of Fundraising News From Around the World. It contains summaries and photos of fundraising activities by other groups such as yours. Some are traditional, some are unusual, and some are totally bizarre! We hope that you will find each issue interesting. You can subscribe at the bottom of this page if you would like to be notified each time a new issue is published. If you later decide you no longer want monthly notifications or if you don't find our newsletter helpful, just click on the unsubscribe link at the end of each notification. You will stop receiving newsletters immediately.

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Odessa, TX - The West Texas North Pole Village raised around $50,000 during its first year open, which was used to provide toys and Christmas dinners to families in need around the Permian Basin. “This was our first year it was extremely successful and I think it will just grow every year that we have it and we’ll be back again bigger and better next year,” said Dr. Ann Wills of the Emergency Care Clinic, who helped organize the fundraising event.

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New Orleans, LA - Legendary chef and restaurateuse Leah Chase of Dooky Chase Restaurant is just days away from celebrating her 95th birthday. She's got a big party and fundraising event planned, at 95 years old, Chase says the only thing she needs to celebrate is helping others. Chef Chase's 95th birthday celebration, benefiting the Leah Chase Family Foundation, is set for next Saturday at the Hyatt Regency.

Clinton, NC - The United Way of Sampson County is well on its way to reaching this year’s fundraising goal, with this year’s Dine Out event proving to be a huge success. “We’ve currently raised 90 percent of our $175,000 goal,” said Nancy Carr, executive director for the United Way. “Everyone has been so generous and we are very thankful for the community, the businesses, individuals, everyone who has made this possible. All of our employee campaigns were very successful this year and we’re just appreciative.”

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Somerset, UK - In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Junior Poon in Hill Road held a fundraising evening in support of North Somerset Community Hospital. Alongside contributions made by owners Junior and Rena, the restaurant hosted a raffle and auction to raise 5,430. Junior said: “There were a few sleepless nights, lots of hard work and effort put into organizing the evening. The amount raised exceeds our expectation. We are overwhelmed with the support we received from everyone.”

Cuyuna, MN - A total of $3,370 was raised for area hospice patients through HomeHealth Partnership of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s annual Tree of Love fundraising event. The donations honored 255 loved ones. Lights will continue to shine on the Tree of Love outside CRMC’s Care Center throughout the holidays. Donations to the Tree of Love benefit hospice, a service of compassionate care for people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Hospice involves a team approach to expert medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support.

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Cupertino, CA - A fun-filled fundraising event, sponsored by Touch-A-Life Foundation to support homeless students, is set for Friday, at the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino and will feature kids' performances, an art exhibition, music and great food. The Santa Clara-based not-for-profit, established in 2012, strives to help homeless students overcome daily issues and stay motivated to continue their education to college.

Lewes, DE - Delaware's biggest fundraising event, Winter WonderFEST, is now open every day through New Year's Eve. The event raised over $100,000 for 17 local charities last year, and we're told they are looking to pass that this year. With a week and a half to go, the event has drawn more than the total attendance last year of 47,000. The Christmas Village and Light Spectacular are open 5 to 9 through New Year's Eve, with the Visit Delaware ice skating rink open from noon to 9.

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Kelowna, BC - Art lovers and community members with a passion for philanthropy gathered recently at Third Space Coffee for the Rebel With A Cause launch party and art auction. The fundraising event boasted more than 100 unique pieces of art from all different mediums, created by artists from across the province. The event was hosted as a way to introduce the new organization, Rebel With A Cause, a group of alternative and progressive artists from around the province with a big goal - using their art and the creative process as a means of healing and uniting the community.

Humboldt, SK - There were shenanigans galore at the Humboldt Golf Club as the Play at HGC returned for their fundraising performance of Blue Hairs, Financial Scares, and Double Dares. Original golf course player and playwright, Dave Hill, says the players are made up of people who want to support the golf club and who enjoy getting together to put on the fundraising shows. Hill wrote the script for the 2017 production with everyone getting in on making tweaks and contributing quips and jokes to the final script.

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Atlanta, GA - Premier sales and marketing company DMC Atlanta, headquartered in Georgia, held two fundraising events during November to support the work of the Movember Foundation, a nonprofit organization that collects funds to promote awareness and conduct research for testicular, prostate, and other cancers that affect men. In total, by holding these two events – and having the men of DMC Atlanta grow out their facial hair – the company outpaced their 2016 fundraising by 63 percent and also exceeded their 2017 goal of $50,000 to raise a total of $58,577!

Hong Kong - More than 100 Morgan Stanley senior executives and managers enjoyed a special moment as they donned Santa hats, reindeer headbands and red scarves and gathered on stage at the balcony of Hong Kong’s tallest building, the International Commerce Centre. They were assembled for the 15th annual Morgan Stanley Directors’ Choir performance. The participants, who had been sponsored to sing by their colleagues, were drawn from 10 departments and split into five groups for a Christmas song contest. Also on stage were 30 students from the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children. The event marked the grand finale of the banking giant’s fundraising efforts for Operation Santa Claus, the yearly festive charity campaign held by the South China Morning Post and RTHK.

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Fresno, CA - Derek and David Carr, two of the San Joaquin Valley’s most well-known athletes, will visit Fresno for a fundraising event that will give fans an inside look into professional football. The event, “Inside the Huddle,” takes place Feb. 17 at Saroyan Theatre in Fresno. Fans will hear the Carr brothers analyze the top five plays of the Oakland Raiders’ 2017 season. Derek Carr is the Raiders starting quarterback. David Carr is a former National Football League quarterback and No. 1 draft pick. He is now an analyst for NFL Network.

East Lansing, MI - Support the only tri-county maternity shelter with a fun afternoon of bowling at the Annual Hannah’s House Bowl for Babies! The fundraising event will take place on Sunday at City Limits in East Lansing. The cost for bowlers is $30 for adults (18 and older), $15 for students, $65 for a family of 4, and free for children under 5. Hannah’s House is a Christian maternity shelter for homeless expectant women.

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Quinnesec, MI - The Almost Home Animal Shelter will be having a Valen-TAILS fundraising event Feb. 17 at Oak Crest Golf Course in Norway. There will be door prizes, a plated meal, cash bar, cash drawings and a silent auction. For the cash drawing, tickets are $5 each for prizes totaling $1,000. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets will be available for sale at the upcoming Midtown Mall Craft Show on Friday and Saturday and make great stocking stuffers for Christmas.

Midland, MI - A nine-year-old Michigan girl with a big heart and creative mind has come up with fundraising idea in hopes to fund a cure for cancer. Fourth grader, Kari Graebner, is setting up shop at her schools craft fair, using her special skills to make duct tape flowers and sell them. Her driving inspiration behind her idea is her grandfather who has terminal cancer. She said all of the money raised is going to go toward research for her grandpa's cancer.

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Lafayette, LA - Faith House is proud to announce this year's annual fundraising event to benefit survivors of domestic violence: An Evening of Hope - A Tribute to Prince. Tonight, an epic battle will take place between local teams competing to raise the most money and perform the best lip sync tribute to Prince. You can vote for your favorite Prince tribute and support survivors of domestic violence at the same time. Every dollar donated is a vote for your favorite team.

Athens, OH - It’s time to bring your A-game. The Ohio University Extra Life team is calling all gamers to be part of the organization’s semiannual 24-hour gaming fundraiser Saturday. Extra Life, an online gaming and livestreaming movement, helps benefit sick and injured children through the power of video games. With 24-hour tournaments and fundraisers happening year-round, gamers, also called heroes, raise money by collecting donations through the internet. Extra Life has raised more than $30 million to be donated to children’s hospitals around the country since its inception in 2008.

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Corsicana, TX - In the beginning of September in Richland Chambers, RE/MAX Lakeside Dreams hosted its annual Fuel the Firefighters fundraiser event, featuring a poker run on land and water, a silent auction, food and drink, and live entertainment. RE/MAX has calculated the total funds raised by the event, and on Dec. 6, a check to the tune of $25,000 was presented to the Volunteer Fire Departments of Navarro County.

Wilton, CT - Wilton Library will hold its first-ever mini golf fundraising event, presented by Bankwell, on Saturday. There will be food (each player will receive a free hot dog), exciting drawings, fun activities, and much more. Players of all ages are welcome; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Putters and balls will be provided. Proceeds from the event will support the library’s ongoing mission as the cultural and intellectual center of Wilton. Sponsorships and in-kind donations are also being accepted.

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Altadena, CA - Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy in Altadena is holding its first Annual Winter Festival Fundraiser Friday, with free activities such as an obstacle course, craft station, cookie decorating, face painting, a petting zoo, balloon animals, tattoos, a cake walk, a Frisbee challenge, ring toss, stomp rockets and much more. The whole family can enjoy food such as pizza, tamales, Round’s Food Truck, popcorn, cotton candy, Kona Ice, and more.

Hong Kong - Jogging in a heavy costume can get hot and uncomfortable, even during winter in Hong Kong, but that did not deter some 250 participants from joining the “Run for a Claus” fundraising treasure hunt. This was the second year that accounting giant KPMG held the event to raise money for Operation Santa Claus, the annual charity campaign organized by the South China Morning Post and RTHK. A total of 46 teams of four to six members gathered at the company’s Causeway Bay headquarters on December 1. Some participants wore Santa outfits or festive costumes, appearing as Christmas trees, elves and reindeer. Others played famous characters such as Elmo, Cookie Monster and the Super Mario Brothers.

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Sonoma, CA - Lael Keane of Healdsburg was standing next to American celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse in the packed lobby of the Jackson Theater Sunday evening when the famous New Orleans-based chef spoon-fed her a bit of Cajun caviar, harvested from bowfin fish in Louisiana. The fish eggs were part of a dizzying array of fine food and wine offerings assembled for the Rise Up Sonoma fundraising event for local residents affected by the North Bay fires. More than 600 attended the event at Sonoma Country Day School, which featured 60 of San Francisco and Sonoma County’s finest chefs and restaurants, and 40 local wineries.

Naples, FL - Even in paradise, there are seniors suffering from loneliness, financial distress and hunger. The sunshine state has a large population of seniors that need help. That’s where Naples Senior Center at JFCS steps in. To support the organization and continue to expand services, Naples Senior Center at JFCS hosts An Evening for Better Tomorrows fundraising gala annually. This year’s gala theme is A Night of Motown Magic featuring the Shadows of the 60’s, paying tribute to the legacy of the Four Tops, Temptations and Supremes.

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Dimapur, India - The Golden Crown Theological College organized a fundraising event – Winter Fest – at the college premises here on December 2. The event included a buffet-style dinner with a host of other activities like live music and games, according to a press release. The students of the college set up stalls selling local delicacies, gift items and winter apparels. Apart from its focus of raising funds for the college, the event also aimed to bring friends and well-wishers to celebrate the “glorious season”.

Napa Valley, CA - Exertec Health & Fitness Center will host a Napa Fitness for Relief fundraising event on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will include different fitness classes, a workshop and nutrition Q&A. Admission is free, but donations will go to Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. The Napa Animal Shelter will also be at Exertec that day for an Adopt a Pet event.

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Lincoln, NE - The 26th annual Kampout for Kids fundraising event for Community Action will be Friday and Saturday at Spikes Beach Bar and Grille. The event will be broadcast live by sponsor 104.1 The Blaze. Community Action fights poverty in Lancaster and Saunders counties. Event participants can bid on a silent auction item, make a monetary contribution, drop off a new unwrapped toy, purchase a raffle ticket, or eat at Spikes, with a portion of the proceeds going to Community Action.

Stevens Point, WI - Hundreds showed up in an outpouring of support for ninth-grader Pax Robinson, the 2017 recipient of “Crafting for a Cause” - an annual fundraising event held on Dec. 6. In 2010, a group of Stevens Point school alumni gathered to put together a small holiday craft show. However, before the show, one of the mothers had to rush her daughter to the hospital after becoming ill. Jill Nemeth’s daughter, Hope, was soon diagnosed with Meningitis and Encephalitis - and a lengthy hospital stay followed. What also soon followed was the idea to make the craft show into a fundraiser, and they haven’t looked back, since.

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Darby, MT - “Stepping UP for Sunshine” is a semi-formal New Year’s Eve Prime Rib fundraising dinner and dance at the Darby Clubhouse to raise funds and community spirit for Darby graduate Jake “Sunshine” Sanders in his battle against lymphoma. Music for the New Year’s Eve event will be provided by Jim Pearson, who volunteered his services. Auction items include a two-night cabin rental at the Stock Farm Club, a fly fishing trip with Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures with the Bitterroot Fly Company, lift tickets to Lost Trail Powder Mountain, a two-night cabin rental at Corber Cabins, jewelry, art work, and other products

Clinton, TN - Several fundraising events are planned for the Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue, including a memorial service Saturday for the animals who died in the Dec. 4 fire. People are invited to come to the Clinton zoo for a noon memorial service on Saturday. The memorial will be followed by a white dove release and a temporary re-opening of the zoo. Prior to the noon memorial service, there will be a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. at Longhorn Steakhouse.

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