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Relay For Life Fundraising Ideas

Here are some fundraising ideas for events to help your team raise funds for Relay Of Life. Most of these can be put together by a single team or in partnership with other groups.

Fundraising Billboard

A unique idea is to put together a fundraising billboard in support of breast cancer research. People pay a reasonable fee, say $100, to add a name to a billboard list honoring women who are struggling with or have the lost the battle with cancer.

Dinner Dance

Put together a fun dinner dance with live music and good food. It could be a formal affair with catered food or a rocking good time accompanied by a pig roast. Use a one price covers all approach, then add a cash bar or wine tasting to raise extra funds.

Fashion Show

Fashion shows are always fun and, if well promoted, can draw hundreds of women. Charge admission and offer lots of other fundraising activities. Add silent auctions for donated items or services such as spa treatments or private lunches with top designers.

Pancake Breakfast

A good location with lots of road signage can really pack them in for a pancake breakfast. Costs are low and opportunities to add-in extras are abundant. Offer raffle tickets, silent auction items, and sell ad space or sponsorships on your placemats.

Mardi Gras Fundraiser

Great parties like Mardi Gras events attract a fun-loving crowd. Book a good band and line up some Cajun food for a buffet. Sell beads, glow necklaces, party hats, etc. Run a cash bar and auction off something big like a trip to New Orleans.

Shop For The Cure

Another good idea is to work with local merchants to put together a special shopping experience aimed at women. Host in a convenient space like a convention center, church meeting hall, or even a shopping mall. Try to get as many items donated as possible while keeping things a win/win for your merchants. Don't forget to promote it to men also as a good place for gift buying.

Cow Chip Fundraiser

A country-style fundraising event involving raffling $20 chances for winning a $5,000 cash prize. The fun catch is that the winner is determined by where a cow answers nature's call on squares marked off in a field. Add in live music, barbecue, and family fun activities and you've got the makings of a major success on your hands.

Casino Night

Put together a full-fledged casino where adults gamble with play money for a good cause or just make the main event a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament. Either one will draw a big crowd where you can add extra moneymakers like a buffet dinner, a cash bar, a whiskey tasting, cigar tasting, etc. Look to local merchants for partnerships and publicity.


Working with other Relay For Life teams allows you to pull off even larger fundraising events. Look to create a fun experience for just adults or hold a family-oriented Saturday afternoon event that offers entertainment to all age groups.

Work with local merchants to expand into offering silent auction items of donated goods and services. And most importantly, work hard to get advance publicity for your Relay For Life event from newspapers, radio, and television.

Kimberly Reynolds writes for national publications about donation request letters, Relay for Life fundraising and school fundraisers. Find more fund raising ideas