Hohmann describes the experience as an inspiring one for her office: “The actual experience has been inspiring. Last year, Marie met with many of the wish children to film a commercial for the 2015 Walk for Wishes. She still talks about what a life changing experience that was. Most recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing our first wish kid, Juliana. It was amazing to speak to her. I learned about her perspective and focus on family life, and how that has helped drive her to achieve her personal goals.” The Doylestown office has provided a stellar amount of community support for Make-A-Wish and has really thought outside the box with their fundraising. However, Hohmann added that, “CheapCaribbean.com [also] sponsors walks in Arizona, Philadelphia and Dallas allowing our employees, and friends and families to fundraise and to give back to their communities they serve.”
In order to get more employees from the office involved, CheapCaribbean.com hosts many yearly events, such as company barbecues, bake sales and auctions. At their Spring BBQ, they had a food truck catered, and even threw water balloons at their supervisors! Hohmann shared that, “Last month, we also hosted a pancake day. We charged five dollars a plate for breakfast casserole, bacon and pancakes. Few people can resist bacon and/or cookies.”
Scheduling yearly events can not only boost fundraising sales and interest, but it also provides more opportunities for staff bonding! Coming up with creative ideas is the best way to get more people involved! Hohmann recommends trying new things to get others excited, “You need to be constantly brainstorming for ideas and events that will reach out to all different types of people. Auctions are great. They cost very little and have a lot of appeal. There also are many online auction sites, and that adds a convenience factor.”
We are so grateful to CheapCaribbean.com for being our Presenting Sponsor to our 6th Annual Walk for Wishes and for giving us so many great ideas for helping other companies and team captains fundraise! If this post has inspired you with new ideas, post them on our social media (@philadelphiawish on Facebook; @MakeAWishPHL on all other outlets). Or, send any questions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for all your fundraising efforts!