Friday, November 1, 2013

Fundraising Friday: The Final Update

It's been awhile since I posted one of these and I feel like it's only fitting to do one final update now that I am seven days out from Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend.  This time next week, I should be just landing in Orlando.

So excited for this weekend to finally be here.  I know it seems silly to be excited as I haven't even been back home two weeks yet.  But I've spent a long time thinking about this race, and put a lot of effort into it. Obviously, not so much the training, but a lot of time thinking, planning my attack for a short trip, how to maximize a short trip and get everything done, like shopping, hoping to track down my elusive Vera Bradley, get some Jack Skellington for the boy, some princess things for the girl, buy another 2 place settings of our new plates, bowls, etc.  Yes, we bought plates, several, and will be buying more, it was our little farewell gift to us as we left.  I talked about them a bit here in my first official post on DisBroads...Anyway, I digress, I also need to save so time for this half marathon there too.

What does this have to do with Fundraising Friday?  Everything.  If it wasn't for my St. Jude Heroes fundraising, I wouldn't be planning any of this.  When I first signed up to be a part of team Will Run for Wine, I was scared, I was so not sure that I would be able to accomplish my fundraising goal of 3500.00, even factoring in the company match, it still was daunting.  Being mostly shy (believe it or not) the thought of approaching people, even people I knew well, scared the living daylights out of me.  After all, what is fundraising?  Working with people, asking people for things, in this case, money.  Cue the social anxiety here.

I came up with a few fundraising ideas, I auctioned off a fab custom tutu from my fave tutu maker, Atutudes.  A bag of bits from energybits, and some headbands from Sparkly Soul.  As a group we had a Garage Sale.  Some of which is still residing in our garage...oops.  I also had two Thirty-One parties and a Scentsy Party.  I reached my goal thanks to a lot of friends that I haven't met yet, but will in seven days.  I also met my goal by utilizing my company's Matching Gift program.

After I met my initial goal, I decided to go for a stretch goal, just to see if I could do it.  I'm proud to say that I did.  I couldn't have done any of this without my friends support.

So excited to say that I've raised $4,000.00 for the kids and families of St. Jude.  Fundraising may have been scary for me, but it's nothing compared to what those children and their parents deal with on a daily basis.

I also will throw in that Will Run for Wine, ended up being the top fundraising team for this event.  That's pretty awesome as well.

I have learned a lot about myself in this process.  There were bumps in the road, but that happens sometimes and you just have to keep on focusing on the goal.  I can be more persistent than even I thought capable.

I still think I do a charity race again.  Hello, Dumbo Double Dare/Disneyland Half, I'm looking at you.  But for now, I'm going to sit back and know that I did a tiny bit of good for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and enjoy spending some extra time back at Walt Disney World and run Wine & Dine Half with some of the most fun people I know.  

Thanks all for going with me on this journey.