Walks, rides, campaigns, dinners highlight months ahead

Our biggest fundraiser last year was our annual clam boil. It helped fund the walks of multiple members of our NETwalkers Alliance team.

Our biggest fundraiser last year was our annual clam boil. It helped fund the walks of multiple members of our NETwalkers Alliance team.

Six months of event planning

We have a wide range of events over the next seven months–culminating in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk at the end of September. Most focus on NET cancer, but in keeping with my determination to make even the training walks count, some other things get their innings.


January-February–t-shirt sponsorship campaign. If anyone knows a likely business…
February-early March–semi-annual direct mail campaign

Fundraising events

April Date TBA–Spaghetti dinner at Lyrics Bar & Grill in Tiverton, RI. Maybe a different date. Maybe clam cakes and chowder instead, Still working out the details with the owner. I hope to have that worked out by the middle of next week.

Last week in June or second or third week in July, Miniature Golf tournament at Caddy Shack in Dartmouth, MA. I have to wait for the owner to get back from Florida to firm up the date. Once I have that date, I’ll do a business mailing looking for tournament sponsors.

Late July to mid August–second direct mail campaign.

August 4, Hank Landers Golf Tournament, Bradford Country Club, Haverhill MA. A member of our Walk team runs this in memory of her dad. 1 p.m.-8-9 p.m. Banquet follows tournament.

October 15, Clam Boil at LePage’s Seafood & Grill, Fall River, MA 4-8 p.m.

Various Craft Fairs. I’m setting up my schedule for this later this month. If you have one within three hours of Fall River, send me the details and we’ll talk.

Apparently, the Grange is no longer available for our yard/craft fair. If anyone has thoughts on a new venue…

And we are always looking for new ideas for fundraisers. I’d ideally like to have one every month. Thoughts?

Walks for other causes

April 8–MS Walk–Team Deb “Awesome” August. Bishop Stang High School, Dartmouth, MA. 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. walk. 5K

May 6–Walk for Hunger–Boston Common 8 a.m. 20 miles.

May 12–Cystic Fibrosis Walk in Chelmsford, MA–McCarthy Middle School. Registration is at 9 a.m. Three mile walk starts at 10 a.m.

While these three Walks are not cancer related, I do them each year as part of my training–and because I know too many people who have dealt with these issues–or are dealing with them.

Cancer Walks & Rides

June 22-23–Relay for Life of Greater Fall River, Bishop Connolly, Fall River, MA. 3 p.m Friday-10 a.m. Saturday. We will do Stuffies and Chowder from the Food Tent and we will need help to serve that. We will also have people walking the track. The team will have a site on the track, but won’t use it as much more than an area to sit in. If people want to stay overnight, they can set up tents there Thursday night or Friday afternoon.

August 4-5–Pan Mass Challenge. We ride with Heidi’s Heroes. I will do the 50 mile Wellesley-Foxboro-Wellesley loop since I need to be in Haverhill Saturday for the golf tournament. Other members of the team are doing other routes–some on one day, some on the other–and some will try the whole thing over two days. Our team goal is $100,000. Sign-ups for this started in January. There is a substantial discount for signing up before March 1.

September 23–Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. My current plan is to do the entire route, starting in Hopkinton about 5:30 a.m. We also have people who start at 13.1 in Wellesley, 10K in Newton, and 5K at the Jimmy Fund Building. Our team name is the NETwalkers Alliance, which I captain. We are part of the #cureNETcancernow group, which I also head. Our team goal is $100,000. The group goal is $250,000. Sign-ups for this are supposed to start the first week in March. All routes end in Copley Square and trace the BAA course.

I would certainly love to have some training partners for the preparation involved in all of these events. Right now, I’m just walking, but I’ll be headed for the gym at some point soon–and getting on the bike as soon as the weather seems conducive.

Other bits and pieces

I meet monthly with our Marathon Walk contact and 3-in-3: The campaign to Cure NET Cancer in Boston at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The latter group includes the doctors in the NET cancer program and Hillary Respucci from the development office.

I’m also trying to set up with the City of Boston to do informational leafletting about NET on Boston Common a couple of days this summer.

Clearly, busy times ahead. I hope you’ll join in on one or more of the above efforts.

Pax et lux,

Posted by walking with jane on February 9, 2018

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