Planning A Community Event? Don’t Know Where To Start?

Have you always wanted to plan a community event?  Fundraiser?

Planning an Event:

Planning an event is more detailed than most people realize and depending on the event and size of the event, you may need nine to twelve months in advance to start planning.

Whether the event you are planning is for a personal nature or a third-party fundraising event, you need to sit down and scope out your plan.

  1. Plan your theme (brainstorm and come up with some ideas)
  2. Answer the following questions:
  • What is your objective for this event?
  • What is your dollar target or target of funds raised?
  • Where will you have this event? Are there costs associated for rentals, staffing requirements?
  • Who is your target audience? Children? Adults? Youth?
  • Are you fundraising or friend-raising?
  • Will you need sponsorship?

What are you passionate about?  There are many non-profits available in your community and always will welcome the idea of a fundraising event on their behalf. (This is third-party fundraising)

There is no better way to meet people and help out a great cause by organizing an event for a community group in your area!

A few ideas include:

  • Organize a food drive for your local food pantry
  • Raise money for an organization close to your heart
  • Collect clothing for various groups
  • Plan a bottle drive and donate the proceeds to a community group

Fundraising and getting your children involved at a young age teaches the importance of helping others and what it means to be a part of the community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at


9th Annual Whipper Watson Park Cleanup


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This past Saturday, May 3, 2014, my daughter Ashleigh and Melissa and myself met at the corner of Clearmeadow Blvd., and Carruthers Street in Summerhill, Newmarket, to help clean up the community park in our subdivision.   This was the 9th year that Ray Bielecki and his family had organized this wonderful event.

Each year, residents meet and work through the forests and Whipper Watson Park to collect garbage that has piled up since the previous year.  This year, an animal jaw with teeth were found, chairs, a chandelier and many other interesting items.

Every year, as the news of the event spreads, more Newmarket residents come out and give a hand at this annual event.  Thanks to Newmarket residents and to Ray and his family for making our community a cleaner place to live.

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