Topic: Organizing a Fundraiser in Memory of My Grandmother

My beautiful grandmother lost her battle with CC two weeks ago (9/11/13).  She LOVED bingo and we are setting up a tricky tray/bingo event the day after what would have been her 80th birthday.  Any ideas or suggestions is welcomed.  I am new to this, but I want to be an advocate, raise money and awareness.  I loved her dearly and watching her suffer through this horrible disease was extremely painful. I will look to do this December 14, 2013 in the NY/NJ area.  Any suggestions are greately appreciated.

Have a blessed weekend.


In loving memory of my beloved and cherished grandmother who fought until the very end. Loving you forever abuelita...

Re: Organizing a Fundraiser in Memory of My Grandmother

elsyr....I hope for others to come forward and share their thoughts on this.  Our Barbara is holding an annual fundraising event.  I will ask her to share her thoughts on this board.

Additionally, this link will lead you to our fundraising page:



Re: Organizing a Fundraiser in Memory of My Grandmother

Hi Elsy,

I live in Basking Ridge, NJ and would gladly help, if my schedule allows, in organizing your fundraiser.  I will definitely attend to help bring awareness to cholangiocarcinoma.  It would be such a great tribute to your grandmother and she will be there in spirit, so proud of you.

Take care,

Re: Organizing a Fundraiser in Memory of My Grandmother

Hi Elsy,

What a great way to honour the memory of your grandmother and my thanks to you as well for doing this. A bingo night would be a great idea and seeing as your grandmother loved bingo I am sure that she would love that idea too! Hopefully others nearer to you will have some input here and I so look forward to hearing how it all goes. I know others who have organsised fundraising type events have used their facebook pages to help promote their events to friends and families etc and maybe that is something that you could look at if you are on facebook. And of course, you can let everyone here know all about it as well! Hopefully they will have some advice for you here on doing that. Good luck with it all and thanks once again.



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Re: Organizing a Fundraiser in Memory of My Grandmother

I had a fundraiser in a local restaurant that had meeting rooms. Perhaps you can find one of these, or even ask a bingo hall if you could use theirs. Then it would be much bigger if some of their regulars heard about it.
I went to locally owned bars and restaurants to get door prizes. The chains are harder to get. They have more rules.
If the weather is good, I hope I can make it up there. It depends on the time, etc. because its almost 2 hours away.

"Don't just have minutes in the day; have moments in time."
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Re: Organizing a Fundraiser in Memory of My Grandmother

Hello Elsy,
First I want to say that I am sorry for the loss of your grandmother. I lost my husband, the love of my life, my Jacques, 6 years ago this November 10th. I am organizing my 2nd Annual Memorial Silent Auction Benefit and I thought I would share a few things with you that may help. When I first started planning for the 1st Benefit - I was originally going to do something like what I think a tricky tray is. Is this where you have items and people purchase raffle tickets and then put the raffle tickets in the bin that is for the item they hope to win? If it is - that is a good fundraiser - but to raise more money it is much better to have a Silent Auction - this is where you have bid sheets in front of each item and people put their name and the amount they want to bid on the sheet - as the night goes on others can out bid them. You set a time for the bidding to stop and collect the bid sheets - and then announce the winning bidders. Many people may wind up with winning bids on several items - but they only have to write one check. You will need help to compile the bids and collect the money. Last year was the first time I held a Benefit and I raised $5,000. My 2nd Annual Event is coming up on October 26th and it is going to be bigger and better. I know that you are doing this in conjunction with Bingo Night, which is great because your grandmother loved Bingo. My benefit is held at a restaurant and  will consist of a Silent Auction, appetizers, cash bar, and entertainment (the band is donating their time and the restaurant is charging $15 per person for some pretty amazing appetizers that will be passed all night - Tickets are $25 - so $10 per person goes to the CCF.  People really love it as they come and bid, dance, and reminisce as we honor and remember my Jacques. This year we are also honoring Becki Mignogna who lost her battle with cholangiocarcinoma in January - her son Rob is very involved helping with this fundraiser. Tickets are $25 per person. The success of this Benefit depends on the creative and interesting items we receive as donations. We get many items from local businesses and also family and friends such as: Gift Certificates to local restaurants, stores, florists, spas, tickets to shows, sporting venues, local attractions, toys, tools, vacation packages, hotel stays, handcrafted items, sporting goods, electronics,  Theme baskets etc.
Don't be afraid to go to the chain restaurants in your community - they usually have a department that deals with donations and it only takes filling out a form - the ones I have dealt with were done online.
If you have any questions - feel free to email me. I can tell you that organizing a Benefit is a lot of work - but the feeling of contributing and making a difference is all worth it and everyone that attends will have a great time for a great cause.

Re: Organizing a Fundraiser in Memory of My Grandmother

I live in New Jersey, too. If the weather permits, and I'm not too zonked out from chemo, I will try and make it. I've never been to a bingo event before. Please update us on the details as soon as you have them hammered down.