October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it makes sense to plan and host a benefit or charity event this month. Beyond just draping everything in pink, there are plenty of things you can do to not only spread awareness and raise money for charity, but also create a warm, empathetic environment.
Different Fundraising Ideas
One of the easiest and most common ways to raise funds with a benefit is to charge for tickets to attend. In exchange, you offer guests entertainment and usually a meal—brunch and dinner are common options. You can also host a silent auction to raise funds, or sell things like t-shirts, bracelets, buttons and other accessories to raise money for the charity of your choice. Raffle tickets are a great way to raise money—choose some great prizes to offer up, and you’ll have no problem getting guests to participate.
Decorate with Breast Cancer Awareness Colors
Since the color for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is pink, it’s easy to deck out the space you’re hosting the benefit in. Since pink is a popular color for many different types of events, you’ll have lots to choose from depending on the theme you want for the event. From sequins to satin, neon to pastel, there are an array of different tablecloths, napkins, and accessories to create the perfect tablescape. You can also use textured and colored charger plates for the meal, as this adds another layer of the color as well as visual interest. Set up the napkins in a fold that mimics the breast cancer awareness ribbon, too—a great way to tie in the reason for the event.
Set Up a Memorial and Well-Wishes Banner
Unfortunately, with charity benefits, many of the guests have been personally affected by the disease they are raising money for, and breast cancer is no different. Setting up a place for guests to write down their well wishes for others who have been affected, or to memorialize loved ones they’ve lost is a good way to create a sense of togetherness and garner empathy among everyone in attendance.
Let us know some of your favorite ideas for planning a benefit or charity event in the comments!