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Spring ahead to another fun festive fundraising idea!

Mother's Day Truck Convoy blog
The weather is warmer, the sun stays out a little longer, and we’ve all been cooped up inside due to this chilly weather for quite some time now. It is time to get up, get outside, and do some good in the world. Nothing shouts, “SPRING IS HERE” better than a barbecue! Is there a better way to welcome spring than a barbecue fundraiser where you can connect with friends, family, and neighbors, create memories, all while doing something good? We don’t think so!

One of the many benefits to hosting a barbecue fundraiser is that it leaves massive amounts of room for creativity to truly make this fundraiser one of a kind and one that everyone, who attends, will never forget! Let’s talk details, friends; here are a few ideas that you can sprinkle with personal touches, help them to thrive with your creative thoughts, and watch them blossom into an unforgettable festive fundraiser!

1)  Location: The weather is looking up and it is time to get outside and enjoy this spring breeze! What better place to do this than a local park? There are so many benefits to having your fundraiser at a local park. One of the perks is being able to utilize a pavilion. This helpful spot gives your fundraiser-goers a place to take refuge from the sun if it’s a warm day, as well as a place to escape the rain, if Mother Nature decides to shower her flowers with some love. It is always good to be prepared for both situations and pavilions at parks will help you do this. You know what they say, “April showers bring May flowers!”

2)  Food: Let’s talk food! What is one of the main reasons people attend barbecues? Answer: To fill their bellies with delicious food. At a barbecue, it is important to be prepared and have a variety of foods! The traditional favorites for barbecues are your typical barbecue foods, like hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, and fruits. You can also decide to go a different way and be innovative by doing lunch meat sandwiches, peanut butter and jellies (or strictly jellies for those with allergies), grilled cheeses, pizzas, and chips! It is entirely up to you, so make this fundraiser your own! Don’t forget, desserts are a food group too and one that EVERYONE will enjoy.

3)  Games Galore: Entertainment at a fundraiser can play a large role in whether or not your fundraiser was successful. The sky is the limit when your fundraiser is outdoors! Contests and games can really be a great addition to your barbecue fundraiser. A barbecue game favorite, like a corn hole, will win your crowd over and help to increase your overall raised amount when you charge a few quarters per game. Another great idea is to create brackets, where teams pay to play each other and the winners get a prize. This is another way to ensure everyone gets a chance to play. Your kiddos might be entertained with games for a few minutes and then settle down. A great alternative for the young ones is a coloring station under the pavilion. When putting your fundraising plan into action, plan for all ages!

Remember our 28th annual Mother's Day Truck Convoy is only 6 Tuesdays away so you still have time to sign up, fundraise and get involved! Join us 
May 14, 2017 at Burle Business Park!

To learn how you can participate in the Convoy or for more information about the event, visit: philasv.wish.org/convoy

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