"dinner for a cause," "run for a cause," etc. anyone?

@Cutie18f (9564)
Philippines
December 27, 2012 9:36am CST
I wonder if you have participated in this sort of activity wherein one buys a ticket for dinner. Of course, the price of the ticket has been marked up for the purpose of using the profit to support a certain cause. Personally, I do not find this activity really worthwhile. The same is true with run for a cause wherein participants also need to pay a certain amount depending on the number of miles or kilometers the participant wants to run. Organizers usually are able to raise good money here for nothing, I mean, for just making people run. I am opening this discussion because I will be spearheading a "ballroom dancing with dinner" in February. When I was asked if I am doing this "for a cause" like all the others, I said no. You see, in this sort of activity, you need to pay for the venue, food, and the dance instructors, apart from the promotional expense. During the past two ballroom activities I had spearheaded, ticket sales (not 100%) is not enough to shoulder these expenses, so I wonder how I can make this activity something geared towards a "cause." If ever, I would like it to be for the rehabilitation or feeding of street dogs or animals. What do you think?
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10 responses
• Philippines
29 Dec 12
I’ve participated in such event such as Run for a Cause or any event related to a “Fund-Raisers” it’s somehow taking part in helping a community or someone in need by doing some activities for them and in return generating some funds. It’s also a good way to socialize with other people who want to help and take part on such activities.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
29 Dec 12
Hi Heay! Yes, it is and it sort of breaks the monotony of daily routine.
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
In a way true, and the good thing is that we are helping someone in need.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
That's right, Heay.
@eagletrek2 (4854)
• Kingston, New York
29 Dec 12
Hi when I was younger I belong to the Jaycees My first project I chair Was a jail and bail for The March of dimes. with the help of Target We raised $ 7,000. When you do a cause Or better know as a fun Raiser, check your local And state laws to see How much can go For expenses. There Groups out there that do Causes,but some of them Only give 10% of what they raised and keep the rest
• Kingston, New York
29 Dec 12
Having trouble with my phone OK back to cause other states Say fundraiser are only allowed 20% of what they raised to go For all expenses.my Jaycees chapter Was good at donation from business So we were able to give most of The money to the cause. We maybe had to. Use like 5% for expenses. see what kind of clubs are in your area That in to.ball.room dancing. All look up your local Jaycees chapter sometimes Know as the JCI. The Jaycees are international club They like to have different project to do. And check the swing dance clubs out.to. OK have good new year.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
29 Dec 12
Hi, Eagle! Thank you for those helpful tips. I will try to look at the local Jaycee and other clubs which are into ballroom dancing and see how I can tap them.
@Rickmar (28)
• Jamaica
27 Dec 12
Well i have participate in a few charity events where I have bought dinner thicket and raffles and such. Even one time we had a concert where the proceeds would go to perform a heart surgery on a lady in my neighborhood. Well not all the proceeds all expense would first have to be deducted. You sound like someone that's interested in ballroom dancing. So next time someone ask you if you are doing for charity and your not; what your response could be is that you love ballroom dancing and that you keep these events to get more people interest in it or something like that. Or you could bring an animal shelter on board for your next dance with the idea of feeding all the homeless dogs.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
27 Dec 12
Yeah, Rick! I do I do love dancing in general. This is another one of my passions. I go crazy when I am on the dance floor. LOL. Thanks for the suggestion.
• Jamaica
30 Dec 12
Glad i could be of assistance.
@KrauseHome (32872)
• United States
31 Dec 12
Well, around here I know people who do things like this, and usually they are called a Fund Raising event. Where you might be doing like a Craft show, or event with a theme like maybe to help someone with Cancer, etc. so you might charge people to have a table there, and then maybe also do a Silent auction, etc. where a certain amount of the proceeds also going towards the event. Depending on how you do it, I know some people around here have done fairly well.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
31 Dec 12
Hi Krause. I will be doing it in the simplest way possible. The source of the funds would come from ticket sales and maybe some sponsorship.
@Shavkat (43865)
• Philippines
29 Dec 12
I do participated in this kind of event, but I am in the side of organizing the affair. It is quite stressful to have this kind of activity. But it is also overwhelming, since it can help other people who are unfortunate, depending on the target of the program.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
29 Dec 12
Indeed, it is a very exhausting experience.
@leeandrew (1226)
• Philippines
28 Dec 12
Well, as for me I do believe in doing "causes" thing specially those that comes from church. Every year depend on the months we normally have a dinner for a cause because we have this feeding with the street kids/children at our community, but since our budget seems getting low reason why we needed to raise fund. Dinner for a cause is better I think than just asking for money without the donor not getting anything.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
28 Dec 12
Hi Lee! You are so right.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
28 Dec 12
somehow i do not think this is worthless.. i participated one last February 5, 2012 it was for the Philhealth run and the cause was good.. and it was also fun. I have friends who also participated one for cancer patients.. what was good thing for us because it was the office who paid the registration and not personally..lol but it was a good thing,we were also able to meet new friends.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
28 Dec 12
Hi Jazel! Thanks for responding, now I am more positive to really push through with this event.
@rohanmona (160)
• India
27 Dec 12
You don't need to rely on others if you have a heart to do good deed. You can make a group of like minded people and collect money among yourself and do the work by yourself. Not only this would guarantee the right use of your money but give you a sense of satisfaction and good feeling. Hope this helps!
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
27 Dec 12
Hi Rohan! I'd been thinking of people who think like me, I could not think of anyone, lol.
@jambi462 (4599)
• United States
27 Dec 12
I've participated in a few things like this such as a recent dinner that I went to that raised money for an orphanage in India. I've also been in a few exercising charity things like walk for cancer and jammin jumpers which helped benefit saint judes hospital I think. I also did this mathletes thing in school that benefitted St. Judes hospital which was really great. I think that there should be more events like this. For example if every professional sports league even had one game where it donated all the money raised to charity think about how much they could help that charity out. Or if musicians and comedians got together and put on more free concerts or shows. Even people that don't have a lot of money though should be making small contributions as well. I think that we should all start participating in acts like this and it would make the world a much better place. Unfortunately economic times are tough and can make it hard to be able to help everyone out that needs it.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
27 Dec 12
Hi Jambi! Thanks for your response. I am glad to hear that you have participated in some of these activities.
@dodoazo (8219)
• Philippines
27 Dec 12
It is just a gimmick on how they call it just to be interesting or to be good for the ear. Actually, the main purpose of having such activity is to raise for money for a project, instead they use "cause" to sound like a begging which it should not be. Yours is better to say it as it is as ballroom dancing with dinner. So it is clear that the participants will have to do ballroom and will have to have dinner for a pay, of course. Actually the word for a cause is very derogatory. It is intended for the needy. Hope you agree with me.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
27 Dec 12
Hi Dodo! You have a point there. I agree with you and I even wonder if these organizers really use the funds for the purpose stated.