- Decide on a location and make plans for inclement weather. You can have a cookout in a backyard, campgrounds or a public park. If hosting at a venue other than a private home, find out what sort of grilling is allowed and what time the locale opens and closes. Plan food and beverages based on the number of people attending and provide cutlery, cups and plates. Set an entry fee/donation or fundraising minimum to attend.
- If you are able to host or plan a larger soiree, a gala is an ideal way to enjoy a night of food, music and dancing. Set a date and secure a location. Recruit friends and family to help plan the event, which may include hiring a caterer, DJ/band and event support team. Set a ticket price for the event. You may also organize a silent or live auction.
- Choose a location for your stand, whether it’s in your neighborhood, in a local park or near a beach, golf course or festival where people will be eager for refreshments. Set up in a shaded area and plan for weather, rain or shine, by using a cover or tent. Set up pitchers, cups, napkins and straws, encouraging passersby to donate by-the-glass through friendly conversation.
- Similar to a gala, a less formal party is a terrific way to socialize and raise funds for The Longest Day. Depending on the number of guests, you can host in a home or party venue. You can cook for the event or hire a caterer. You may also provide entertainment, such as a performer or DJ. Set an entry fee/donation for each guest attending.
- Pick this option if you have varied interests, or your friends and family want to do other activities. You can host a lemonade stand, knit, and draw on your own, or start an Anywhere Team so your friends and family can do what they love from wherever they are and no one is left out!
- Participants in The Longest Day can fundraise to fuel the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association in any way they choose. If you haven’t found an activity yet, don’t worry! You can always decide later and start your general fundraising today.
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Featured Fundraiser: No One Walks Alone
In 2016, Doug B. spent more than four months hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in honor of those facing Alzheimer’s disease. He carried with him the names of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends and loved ones that have been touched by Alzheimer’s. He turned his hike into a fundraiser for The Longest Day, raising over $33,000 to help fund the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Thank you, Doug!