Bob Shapiro, with Kyle, Tammy, Kathy and Gary Perham
On Thursday, November 18, 2010, the Shining Stars Awards Dinner was held at the Four Point Sheraton in Norwood, MA. This event honors our top fundraisers (individual and team) for 2010.
There was an overwhelming response this year, with 275 people attending. Two cycling teams brought over 20 of their team members. Guests were treated to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, an introduction by Chapter Chairman Bob Shapiro, and an impromptu speech by Steve Gill.
The overall goal of this event isn’t just to honor our top fundraisers, but to inspire. Team Captains and individuals left the evening feeling closer to the mission, and a renewed sense of wanting to find a cure.
Thank you to everyone who helped make that evening a success!
Did you know there are literally thousands of ways you can help? People who want to contribute to the mission to end MS are invited to dream up and produce original events that raise money for research and care.
Every year, all over the country, volunteers organize and host golf, billiards and bowling tournaments, auctions and raffles, dinners, concerts, rummage sales, wine tastings, barbecues, motorcycle fun rides, skiing days and dances. Other events include a trap and skeet fun shoot, a bratwurst and bake sale, a boat show and a car show. A sailing party in Minnesota and the 7th Annual Bell Family Rabbit Hunt in Wisconsin each raised thousands of dollars. Holiday themes are also popular, such as Easter egg hunts or Halloween parties with a pay-to-enter costume contest. The types of benefits to create are limited only by the imagination.
“The idea is to turn someone’s passion into a fundraiser,” said Betty Ross, the Society’s Associate Vice President for Campaign Development.
These events may raise anything from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. There’s no minimum required and certainly no maximum, Ross said. And you don’t even have to create a brand-new event, she added. You can add a fundraising element to pretty much any existing occasion.
How much time it takes to prepare depends on how elaborate the plans are. They can be as simple as asking friends to pay a few dollars at the door to attend a private party. On the other hand, a large-scale gala might take four to six months, or even longer, to plan.
“We have a lot of cool Society events, but people have their own interests,” said Ross. “Community events reflect how you want to be involved.”
Have a great idea? Call us and ask for the Community Event Organizer Guidelines and the Community Event Information Form, or enter as a search term at nationalMSsociety.org.