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It's easy to create something fun at home, with your kids, in your community and in your workplace - with the benefits going to an important cause like Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementias. When you raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, you help provide vital support, education and care to local families affected. Thank you for your support.

How to do a fundraiser

Step 1: Decide what type of fundraiser you’d like to host. Consider ideas such as how many people you will invite, where you will hold the event, what resources you’ll need. Check out the helpful info package here.

Step 2: Fill out a Fundraising Event Application form, and submit it to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary either by email – info@alzheimercalgary.ca, mail or in person, at our office – 201-222, 58th Ave S.W. Calgary, AB T2H 2S3.

Step 3: Wait for approval.

Step 4: Sign the agreement.

Step 5: Plan and execute your event.

Step 6: Provide funds collected to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary.

Step 7: If time permits, come into the office so that we can thank you personally.

Ideas to get you started...

At work

Wine Survivor: Ask staff to bring in a bottle of wine and $10 to participate, then choose a date to hold a draw. Keep the fun going by extending the draw another week or two; each week participants want to stay in the draw will cost them an additional $5. The winner wins all of the bottles!

Wear Jeans to Work day: Everyone loves the opportunity to dress down at the office. Schedule a work day and send out a message to co-workers, inviting them to donate a specific amount in order to wear jeans to work for a day. 

Potluck Lunch: Decide a date and location to hold your potluck. Ask co-workers to prepare and contribute a meal, and ask them to donate a specific amount (e.g. $10) to take part and sample all the delicious dishes people have brought with them. 

At home

Coffee/Tea Social: Select a day and time, create an invitation and invite friends and neighbours over. Have fun with a theme such as Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea, traditional high tea; coffee and cake sampler, etc. Interested in hosting a Coffee Break® event? We can help. Ask us for more information about this fundraiser.

Yard Sale: You can do this by yourself or collaborate with your neighbours to host a larger event. Purge items you are no longer using. 

In your community

Bingo Night: Decide whether you want to host the event at your local community hall for a larger group, or in your living room for a smaller group of friends. Select a night, send out an invite to friends or advertise it in your local newsletter. Print out bingo sheets and calling cards (there are lots of web sites offering free ones for download), then make your own bingo balls or purchase them from a party store. Charge a specific amount per game (e.g. $2), or offer unlimited games for a larger amount (such as $30).

Host a Bake Sale: Set a date, create a fun invitation and invite friends, neighbours or colleagues to sample or contribute their favourite baked goods. To make it even more fun, offer prizes for categories such as ‘healthiest cookie’, ‘fanciest’, ‘tastiest’, etc.
Holiday Gift Wrapping: Organize with your local mall to set up a wrapping station around the holiday season, then ask for a specific donation amount (e.g. $5) to wrap presents for holiday shoppers. Ask friends or family members to lend some time to help wrap gifts.

Golf Tournament: Host a tournament for friends, colleagues or customers at your local golf course. Solicit food, prizes or auction items from local vendors.

Trivia Night: Host a trivia evening, and print out trivia questions and answers (there are lots of web sites offering free downloads) or use a board game such as Trivial Pursuit. Ask guests for an admission donation (e.g. $5). 

For kids

Video Game Fundraiser: Host a video game party for your kids and their friends. Create a video game-style invitation and ask friends to donate an entry fee. Then gather some treats, and have a fun evening. 

Lemonade Stand: A great way to spend a sunny afternoon! Get the kids involved and set up a lemonade stand in your neighbourhood.

Car Wash: Choose a time and location, and set up some basic supplies (buckets, hose, water, soap, sponge). Advertise your event on local bulletin boards and use social media to spread the word to family and friends. 

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