- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015
I have created a family team this year for the March of Dimes walk in April. This is our 1st year our own team and we are looking to have a beef and beer to raise money. I have never planned a fundraiser on my own and I am looking for any advice.
I am able to have this at a VFW for $250 rental fee (50% off) and $10 per person for the bar package. I am going to charge $30 a ticket.
I am going to solicit businesses to either donate an item or a gift certificate which will be raffled or used as a door prize. Or they can donate specifically to the March of Dimes.
I created a letter to send to the businesses and would LOVE any feedback or corrections. When I print it is on 2 pages. I was told this was too long by one person but another person told me it was fine and the story made her tear up ~ which is what I am going for!
Our family is forming a March for Babies Family Team, Raes of Sunshine, to help the March of Dimes work towards the day when all babies are born healthy. We are writing today to ask you to help us!
We are forming our team in honor of our daughter, Jocelin Rae, who was born at 35 weeks. She was born 5 weeks too early with underdeveloped lungs. She was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit so we didn’t have the opportunity to bond with her when she was born. Fortunately for us, we only spent a week in the NICU but it felt like forever. We were warned that we would face some difficulties with developmental delays and possibly health concerns because she was a preemie. At 3 months of age, Jocelin became very sick. She spent 17 days at CHOP due to a respiratory virus. Jocelin was placed in a drug induced coma. She was intubated and hooked up to breathing machines because of her collapsed lung, had a chest tube due to fluid on the outside of her lung, had blood transfusions, and given several different medications. Due to the drug induced coma, we were told that she could face developmental delays up to a year. That was 8 years ago and over the years we faced several medical concerns and developmental delays like we were warned. Jocelin has had to have several dental procedures due to the medication she was given as a baby. She also suffers from allergies and asthma due to the issues with her lungs.
During my second pregnancy, I was again faced with preterm labor. Fortunately, the doctors were able to delay labor with medication and strict bed rest. Our second daughter, Layla, was born full term because of the progress that is being made with preventing premature births.
Ours is not the only story of frightening,touch-and-go days in neonatal intensive care with our baby. Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year. One in every nine infants, born in the United States, are born preterm. IN many cses, the cause of preterm labor is unknown. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. Birth defects pose another serious threat – taking the lives of many babies and cause lifelong disabilities for thousands more. So it’s important for us to help the March of Dimes help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
We are doing just that by participating in March for Babies as a Family Team. No one is working harder than the March of Dimes to understand the causes of prematurity and birth defects. March for Babies offers hope by raising funds for lifesaving research,education and innovative programs that offer hope for preventions and solutions for babies born too soon or with birth defects.
We are asking for your help today! We will be hosting a Beef and Beer fundraising event on March 22, 2014 at VFW Post (specific post will be entered here). We would appreciate your support with an item donation or gift card donation which will be raffled off or used as a door prize. With your donation, your business will be publicly displayed at our event.
If you are unable to send an item or prefer to make a monetary donation, just log on to my personal web page http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/t2108924 or send a check payable to the March of Dimes in the enclosed envelope. Every dollar makes a difference!
Please contact me at phone# for further information or any questions you may have. You can send your donation to address.
Thank you in advance for your support.
P.S. One day all babies will be born healthy. With your donation, we will get there! Thank you for your help.