The Dempsey Challenge: August Update!

It’s August, y’all! How on EARTH did that happen??

I know some of you will want to throttle me for saying this, but my fall-loving heart is giddy with anticipation for the first leaves to change and the first nip in the air to arrive, though I’m reminding myself daily that it’s too early to start wishing yet!

What it’s NOT too early for (do you like my segway there?) is amping up your Dempsey Challenge enthusiasm!!

The Cuppa Dempsey Challenge Team has already raised an AWESOME $2,025…I am SO proud of you guys!!! Seriously….amazing work!!

But let’s not rest on our laurels…there’s more to be done and we have a little bit of time yet!!

A few reminders:

The Dempsey Challenge is the weekend of October 12-13
– All fundraising efforts provide support services FREE OF CHARGE to anyone affected by cancer in any way {read more about the Center here}
– You can join the team as a “virtual member” if you can’t or don’t want to participate in the event
– If you join the Cuppa team, I will match every single dollar that you earn with product credit to use toward prints/albums/etc {read more about this here}…it’s not too late to get in on this action!

For those of you who have already joined the team and are working hard to raise money, a few tips:

Put your money where your heart is. Make the first donation yourself so that people see that you really believe in the cause.

Make it personal. Send handwritten or emailed messages to friends, family, and business associates. Ask them to ask their employer to match their donation, doubling their gift. Always send a thank you note to donors telling them how much you appreciate their support.

Share your story. Unfortunately, we all know someone who is living with cancer. If you feel comfortable, share your story and your connection to the cause with potential donors to show why this cause is so important to you.

Track your progress. Put up a chart of your training and fundraising progress thermometer in your workplace or community center. You could even put up a map of your route and auction off miles, kilometers, or sections.

Be visible. Customize your email signature by adding a direct link to your Personal Webpage. Ask to be featured in your company or organization’s newsletter or internal website.

Remember holidays and special occasions. In lieu of gifts, ask that a donation be made to your Dempsey Challenge fundraising effort. You can also put your donation link in holiday cards—it might inspire some added holiday cheer.

Use corporate team support. Ask a company executive in your office to send an endorsement memo announcing that he/she is participating in The Dempsey Challenge. Look into matching gift policies.

Get people involved – don’t take it all on yourself. Ask friends if they would be willing to sell raffle tickets, bake for a bake sale, or help otherwise. This is a great way for people who cannot make a monetary donation to get involved. If you know of an independent distributor (of houseware items for example), negotiate hosting a show at your home or office with a percentage of the sales being donated to your fundraising goal.

Know the cause, and be prepared to answer questions. Know who is benefiting from their donations: cancer patients and their families through The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Visit dempseycenter.org for more info.

Set your goal high – make it fun, be creative, and see where it takes you.

And finally…WE NEED T-SHIRTS!!!

Put any suggestions or ideas you have in the comments section. If your idea is chosen, I will make a $50 donation on your behalf to the team! I want to have them designed and ordered by September 15th, so start your brainstorming NOW!!!

If you can, take a moment to watch this…THIS is what you’re raising money for! THIS is something you can be a part of!

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