An art auction fundraiser for cancer? Now that's a great idea.
Steven A. Rosenzweig, Ph.D., is a cancer researcher at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center who lost both parents to the disease at a very young age. On Nov. 2, he’ll be riding in the inaugural LOWVELO bike ride for his parents as well as HCC patients.
"I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the LOWVELO ride, raise money for research at Hollings Cancer Center, and raise people's awareness about cancer research at Hollings and MUSC,” Rosenzweig says. “My goal is to raise as much money as possible for Hollings Cancer Center. To that end, I chose the 100-mile route."
While fundraising is the ultimate goal, Rosenzweig also likes the health benefits associated with cycling.
"I was an avid runner and during my training for the 2018 Charleston Half Marathon, I experienced some issues with my back and had to hang up my running shoes. I am also using the LOWVELO ride to get back into shape," says Rosenzweig.
So, in an effort to stay active, raise awareness, and fundraise, he plans to share his artistic talents with friends, family, and anyone else by producing one-of-a-kind art pieces. For those pledging $150, Rosenzweig will do a charcoal sketch of your chosen subject. Watercolor paintings are available for a pledge of $200 or more. Examples of Steven’s art can be seen on his LOWVELO rider profile. The goal? To commission five original sketches or paintings to further cancer research!
Using a personal hobby to fundraise for a cause is genius, but if this idea doesn't fit your style, there are many more options to consider. Shannon Rice, manager of LOWVELO, has seen many creative ways that people are fundraising for the ride.
“I think the most innovative idea has been either a competition or challenge,” she says. “They get people involved.”
For example, tell your friends and family that if they help you raise a certain amount, you will dress up as a Disney character the day of the ride. This creates a fun, interactive way for people to raise money and promote the event.
If you're feeling stumped in the brainstorm department, here are a few more favorites to get you started:
Rice has three tips for those fundraising for LOWVELO: ask everyone, make a donation to yourself, and have fun.
“If you don’t ask, you’re not going to get anything,” she says. “Show people you truly do support what you’re doing. And have fun!”
But there’s one thing that every person fundraising and donating should remember. “The most important thing to keep in mind is that for LOWVELO donors are giving 100 percent to the cause,” she says. “We’re doing this for the greater good.”
For a more comprehensive fundraising how-to guide, click here to download the LOWVELO Fundraising Toolkit.
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