The Christmas season may be over, but many people are still living out its spirit well into January. According to a report from the New Jersey Herald, bikers around Ogdensburg braved the freezing weather to attend a fundraiser on the first day of the new year:
“The below-freezing temperatures did not deter about 150 motorcycle riders who participated in this year’s 40th annual Dale’s Chilly Chili Run, put on by the Blue Knights Chapter IX.
The annual tradition was started by Dale Lewis as a way to clear one’s head after New Year’s Eve, said Lewis’ son, Elliott Lewis, of Franklin Lakes.
It began with only a handful of guys, he said. “Then it started growing.”
After Dale Lewis’ wife, Claire, passed away 25 years ago, the ride turned into a charity event that benefits Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in Newton.
“Even though we’re funded by Medicare,” said Quinlan’s executive director, Cecelia Clayton, “there’s a lot of people who don’t have insurance.”
According to Clayton, the event usually raises $5,000 for the hospice.”
You can also start the new year generously by staging your own fundraiser. A simple way of doing this is would be to organize a live charity auction. There are even ways you can spice it up and draw more support:
Add an extra layer of suspense by auctioning off several sealed boxes with various prizes inside. To generate further interest in the mystery boxes, inform auction attendees of some of the more desirable charity auction items ahead of time.
You can request attendees to bring a bottle of wine or any other collectible to the auction and donate it at the registration table. After gathering all the collectibles, present them onstage and inform everyone that the donated items are now one entire collection that everyone can bid on.
Whether you decide to hold a live auction in a physical venue or through an online charity auction website like eBay Giving Works, be sure to have a great set of items. Try to toss in special prizes such as an all-expense-paid vacation or a romantic dinner for two, as well.
Additionally, do not limit yourself to auctions if your time and resources allow it. You may also stage raffles, fun runs, and other fundraising events to help set a tone of generosity for the new year.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Bikers ride for a cause in annual New Year’s Day fundraiser, The New Jersey Herald, January 3, 2014)