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Approximately half of our annual budget is raised through fundraising events and activities such as bake sales, walkathons, dinner parties, galas, concerts, and more. These events not only raise funds, but are also fun ways to help introduce new people to El Hogar.

Examples of creative fundraising ideas include:

Friend a Child

The Friend a Child program involves inviting supporters to donate in the name of a chosen child. It involves posting a photo of each child and including their name by the photo and on an envelope provided. Donors are invited to pick a particular child, donate any amount using the envelope included in the display. For more information about holding a Friend a Child event, please email info@elhogar.org.

Walkathon

This event invites participants to walk (or run) a prescribed distance in a group, soliciting sponsorship dollars for the walk, and raising awareness of El Hogar Projects through advertisement of the event and visibility of participants.

Bake Sale

Often a Bake Sale is a feature of another event such as a Flea Market or Christmas Bazaar.

Pub Night

An evening of music and song with volunteer musicians and performers to take place in a local pub or restaurant involving an entry fee or cover charge. Fee should cover all costs associated, provide the participant with a drink and offer a profit on each ticket sold.

Coffee House Music Night

An evening of music and song with volunteer musicians and performers to take place in a church hall or event venue involving an entry fee or cover charge. Fee should cover all costs associated, could include the cost of the first drink and offer a profit on each ticket sold. A charge can be levied for additional drinks if it is preferential to keep the cover charge to a minimum. Alternately, a lower entry fee to cover expenses and the use of a cash bar/beverage centre could be examined.

Soup Lunch

A post church service soup lunch open to the Congregation and based on a free-will offering. This event would take place in the church hall following service. A free-will offering is suggested as experience has shown that participants are more generous and profits greater than an established ticket price. In addition, free-will allows participation by church members who may not have money with them but will make it up at a later date.

Gala Dinner

An evening of music, food, and dance, this event can be set up in many formats. Past events have included a backyard pig roast, a tented backyard with food stations and wine tent, a golf course clubhouse venue with food stations, a more formal sit-down dinner followed by dancing, an interactive dinner having guests participate in the dinner preparation. Creative minds can conceive of any number of ideas and themes although any event should include food, music, wine/beer, and participation games in order to engage the guests. In addition, a speaker should be involved to promote awareness of El Hogar Projects. Slide shows or videos can be incorporated to offer a visual presentation of the schools and the children. Décor is important to promote a festive atmosphere and theme. A Silent or Live Auction significantly improves fund-raising potential.

Celtic Dance

An evening of music and dance with volunteer musicians and performers to take place in a church hall or event venue.

For more details or ideas, please contact us at 781-729-7600 or via email at info@elhogar.org.