My friend's little baby was born 10 weeks premature and has severe eye problems resulting in blindness in both eyes. Yes, heartwrenching stuff. She will have surgery in November to give her a 50/50 chance of partial vision recovery. Worse is that my friend was laid off from her job b/c she was 4 weeks from maternity leave eligibility. Friends are banding together to do a beef/beer type benefit in november.
If you have been to a benefit for ANYTHING, what kind of cool thing or raffle or basket or whatever did they have that stood out in your mind as a good idea or detail? Planning to do gift baskets for raffle, gift cards. Is the "in" thing for charities still a plastic bracelet? Trying to think of a simple item (sports bottle) that we can sell for like $2 that could bring in additional donations.
If you have run a benefit (bonus!!) any ideas on getting the word out, dealing with local businesses or connecting with larger charities?
Any thoughts are appreciated!