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    Fund raising

    Hey gang,

    Every August I ride the Pan Mass Challenge to support the Dana Farber Cancer Inst. Each year the fund raising minimum increases and it is really becoming a full time job. I am "hooked" on the ride and can't imagine missing it. I was wondering if any of you have come up with new/different ideas on raising funds? I seek out matching funds, run raffles, etc. Just curious if anyone has any revelations. FYI - here is my web page in case anyone is interested: http://www.pmc.org/mypmc/profiles.as...eGiftID=CB0114

    Thanks for any advise!
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    I started with the PMC in 2006 as a volunteer, then did the Sturbridge-Ptown route in 2007 and 2008. With the economy in the dumper, I decided this year was not a good year to be trying to do fundraising, so I will go back to volunteer status. Breaks my heart not be riding this year, but I can't rationalize committing to $4200. I plan to return to riding in 2010 though. From what I have heard from other riders, I am not the only one skipping this year.
    As far as fundraising is concerned, one of the things I am planning on for next year is a block party. A couple of my neighbors came up with the idea. Get permits from the city, close down the block for 4 or 5 hours (I live on a small side street) and hold a fundraising party. Sell hot dogs, soda, etc, hold raffles, a giant tag sale, and so forth.
    Good luck with the fundraising...that's the hardest part of the event....

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    geofitz - thanks for the reply! I too came very close to not riding this year and a good hand full of friends have passed it up this year. I know the $4200 is going to be a stretch but I had a couple close friends have close calls and a cousin lose her battle; my motivation is pretty high this year. We lost the 9 year old son of very close friends in 2001 and the thought of not riding was killing me. I've been pretty fortunate this year so I figure, even if I only raise 1/2 the $, I'll cough up the rest. I like the block party idea. A big event that gives you that "critical mass" would be huge. I've been thinking about trying to get a band (I have a couple aquaintences) and having a charity concert. Living in Maine makes it a little tougher to raise $ for an out of state charity. Any way, thanks again and I hope to still be riding the PMC when you return in 2010!
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    Craig:
    The concert idea is a good one, if you can get the band to donate thier services.
    Also, there is a Western Mass rider who is holding a "comedy night" at a local nightclub. I don't know the details, but I think he got some comics to donate thier time for this.
    I was seriously thinking about taking a shot and was willing to personally "cough up" up to 50% of the minimum. Then my wife got laid off from her job. I'm really upset at not being able to ride this year, but I have to be realistic.
    Unfortunately, I too, have heard from a number of other riders who are skipping this year due to the economy. It's interesting to note that the two-day rides are not fully subscribed yet. If memory serves me, they were "sold out" by the first of February in previous years.

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    yea i'd like to ride in this this year as well... last year would have been great but i only got into cycling around june, by then its far too late. are there any spring-time rides that have a smaller donation minimum? raising $4,200 would nearly be impossible unless some partners can donate from my audit firm

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    In May, there is Kaitlyn's Ride in Amherst MA. Choice of 10, 25, 50, or 100 miles. This is a "spoke" of the PMC, and all money raised goes to the PMC/Jimmy Fund. Fundraising minimum I believe is only $300. It's a one day fully supported ride, and it has been heavily promoted by a couple of local radio personalities. I rode it three years ago, then did two years of PMC riding. This year, because of reasons previously stated, I won't be riding the PMC (I will be working as a volunteer), so I will be doing K-Ride again. Nice countryside, not overyly hilly, although there are a few. A great way to spend a Sunday. I belive the date this year is June 6 or 7.
    For information, go to Kride.com. Registration will open March 1.

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    Thanks for the thoughts and sorry for the delayed response - work has been crazy to say the least. I have also done a ride for the Brain Tumor Society (http://www.tbts.org/event/?Date=05/31/2009). It is well supported and a fun ride. I cannot possibly ask friends for more $ so 1 ride now gets all my attention.

    Geo - sorry to hear about your wife losing her job. This economy takes no prisoners. Best wishes for getting back on track. The PMC will be waiting for you next year!
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    I'll still be involved with the PMC this year...just as a volunteer for the weekend. Don't know where I will be yet, but I know I'll be working all three days.

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