I want to host a fundraiser for the Honeysuckle Foundation for Children with Cancer (www.honeysucklefoundation.org) in September one in South Carolina and one on Long Island. I already know the month since it is national childhood cancer awareness month, a little known fact in this country, but I am not sure how to get started. I have a lot of experience running other fundraisers, golf outings, cocktail parties and school sponsored events, but I am clueless on how to host a run. I have an incredible volunteer, as are all my volunteers, who is not only involved with Honeysuckle, but she is the driving force for a run. She is a runner! It was her idea and it is her enthusiasm that tells me we can get this done so I have faith in her convictions and will immerse myself in getting this thing done. I am very lucky to have people who step up whenever the call is made to work hard, devote countless hours for an event that raises money for us to provide things to families battling cancer. I need help however, as we enter an arena we have never been in before.
The economic downturn has hurt charities just like everything else. Every dollar raised now has even more meaning and impact as the usual sources of funding and donations have dried up. I have a belief however, that no matter what the circumstances people still want and will do anything they can to help. If I didn’t believe that I would have closed up shop a long time ago. I know that what we do makes a difference, and while we are not a huge powerhouse not for profit with staff and real estate to manage, our work does make a difference as does the countless small-scale charities throughout the country. So the Honeysuckle Foundation is looking for help, ideas, donations and guidance as we embark upon our next big fundraiser a 5k/10k run. We will research, organize, ask, implore and shout out loud in order to get this event executed. We have faith and hope that we can raise not only funds but awareness to the plight of kids battling cancer and hopefully one day get the national support and attention so desperately needed for the future of our country, our children!