Less Complex Fundraisers

  • Chicago

We used to hold theater/dinner evenings.  We added an extra $10 to $20 to the cost of the show ticket and for dinner events made arrangements with the restaurant for a rebate from bar receipts. 

  • Dayton

We sell Mother’s Day Memorials. In April we send a letter out to our members, inviting them to remember special women in their lives, living or deceased, with a donation of $35. That donation will fund one layette. At the Memorial Mass in May, we read off all the living memorials and deceased memorials. In 2011 we made around $9,000.

  • Detroit

Our layette Appeal is a Mothers/Father’s Day appeal letter that goes to our full membership and patrons asking them to purchase a layette in honor of someone. We send a card to that special someone to let them know it was purchased in their honor.

We have a Christmas Walk where homes are decorated and put on a tour. This year we had 650 purchase tickets!  Tickets were $45 and include a light lunch at a country club with vendor boutiques available for shopping (vendor fee - $250 per table).

We conduct a $10,000 Raffle where 400 tickets are sold at $100 each and one winner receives $10,000.

  • Pasadena

We hold bridge socials and bunco evenings and sends out a direct appeal letter at Christmas and Easter.

  • Quad Cities

We conduct bottle drives as our major fundraiser. Members of a church take home a baby bottle that we supply.  The parishioners drop all of their change into the bottle for a period of a month.  At the end of the month they return the baby bottle to the church and the church gives us the money collected.

We also recently had a casual dessert/beverage/entertainment afternoon social, where partcipants brought coats, mittens, books, etc. to fill our red wagons.

  • Summit

Our major fundraiser is our annual baby shower and luncheon. In addition we have had a Rummage Sale that has done very well.

  • Toledo

In 2011, we tried a new fund raiser; selling garden statuary plaques and concrete figure creations of George Carruth to members, and friends for Christmas gifts. It was successful. In October we hold a Red Wagon Shower that collects diapers for our layette program.

  • Akron

Our members work with at major golf event selling hot dogs and water. We net up to $7,000 on this event. We get a portion of the profits from participating in– dine around at local restaurants, Macy’s sales, Easter Bunny Breakfast, Acme Receipts,  and a Garage Sale. We have also held reverse raffles.

  • El Paso

We send out invitations to our Christmas Coffee and ask for donations.

  • Milwaukee

We participated in a Barnes & Noble book wrapping ($1,000), Boston Store Community Day Booklet Sales ($4,000), United Way (charity write-in$3,000), Bay Shore donation based on parking meter income ($1,500), Gilles Custard ($650), and in 2006 a Garden Walk ($3,000).

  • Texas Capital Area

In the spring we hold an Evening for the Ladies- an evening for women only  - including dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. The Evening for the Ladies is open to the community and it is used as a way to get our name out in the community in addition to being a fundraiser. 

Our chapter has “baby showers” at the surrounding churches to request donations of layette items and our chapter participates in two craft fairs per year and a spring garage sale.

  • San Jose

We hold 20% return fundraisers at restaurants every few months. We recently held a fundraiser where fingerprints of loved ones were turned into jewelry and placed on bracelets and necklaces as charms. It was quite popular with mothers, daughters and grandmothers.

  • Cleveland

Layette Endowment cards are sold all year to honor or memorialize an individual.  Minimum donation is $5, but for each $30 donation, a card with the first name and last initial of the honoree is placed into a layette.  Mother’s Day and Father’s Day special cards are $30 each and purchase an entire layette. At Christmas, cards cost $5 and are sent to either the purchaser or mailed to listed individual(s) as gifts.

  • Pasadena

We have a variety of fun fundraiser’s including a Christmas Open House which is also a book drive, our Aces and Faces bridge tournament, our bunco games, and a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon and raffle.


More Complex Fundraisers

  • Cleveland

The Starlight Ball is our major fundraising effort. Each year, hundreds of people enjoy a fabulous silent auction; various raffle drawings, a wonderful dinner, and dancing to a live band. At this event we recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to our mission and our programs as the Christ Child Society Person of the Year. (see 2011 photos under NCCS web site Fundraising /Media)

The annual Red Wagon Luncheon held in September is our second major fundraiser. The luncheon includes a number of merchant vendors, a Chinese auction, bake sale and raffles along with a wonderful fashion show presented by an area retailer, using Christ Child members as models.

  • Dayton

Our Red Wagon Luncheon includes gourmet shopping, silent auction and a luncheon followed by a Vintage Bridal Show.

  • Northern Michigan

Our annual Summer Party saw 300 attendees enjoying a plated dinner, live auction, Chinese raffle and silent auction including themed Red Wagon items. This is our major fundraiser raising over $100,000 annually.

  • Pasadena

Our signature event is an Auction & Treasure Sale held the first Wednesday in February. The event features a luncheon and hard to find antique tableware, art and other unique items at reasonable prices.

  • Toledo

Our major fundraiser is Celebrity Wait Night held at 2 connecting restaurants with over 500 in attendance. All tips benefit our Chapter.

  • Washington, D. C.

We hold an Annual Gala is held in February of every year. The event is typically black tie and includes a basket, silent and live auction; also includes a direct appeal for the Red Wagon Fund which provides direct funding for our programs for children. We involve the local community by soliciting donations and underwriters for the gala.  We have a gala program which includes ads purchased by local businesses and community members.

We also hold an annual Red Wagon Luncheon in the fall of each year.  This includes a basket auction and direct appeal for funding for the programs.

  • Akron

We have a Christmas Boutique, luncheon and style show.  Members spend a year making items for the boutique- raffle items are all made by members – and a quilt is raffled off. This event includes a bake sale and a book sale.

  • Detroit

Our largest fundraiser is an annual Night of Angels dinner, raffle, silent and live auction at a local country club.

  • Phoenix

Our major fundraiser has been held every other year and it is usually a dinner and entertainment with a silent auction.  We did not have a dinner fundraiser in 2011 because we are alternating the fundraiser with a giving campaign. 

We always have a Red Wagon Fare luncheon in the spring and usually have around 300 women that attend.  We have the luncheon, some type of entertainment and a raffle and sometimes a small silent auction.

We always invite non-members to our fundraisers and try to make the local community aware of the Christ Child Society of Phoenix through articles in the local papers.  Our Red Wagon Fare usually has many non-members who come to the luncheon every year, either as guests of a member or because they have been aware of the work we are doing.  We also solicit donations for raffles and underwriting from the community as well as our members.

  • Cape May

We hold a Fashion Show /Luncheon in the spring of each year.  We hold an ‘off site” raffle twice a year at our Fashion Show in the spring and our annual Baby Shower in October. Raffle tickets are sold at local churches and grocery stores. The winning ticket is drawn at the events.

  • Western Reserve

We hold a Red Wagon Luncheon in April and The Daisy Classic Golf Outing in July.

Our two major fundraisers are our Red Wagon luncheon in April, and our Golf Outing in July.

  • Albany

In addition to our annual fashion show and luncheon, we have the support of many local parishes who gather layette and comfort bag materials, as well as serve as the site for bake sales.  In summer we host a jewelry party where a local jeweler purchases used gold and silver and donates 10% of the sales receipts to us.  Each member also tries to fill a baby bottle with small change.  Our youth auxiliary raises and distributes things on their own. 

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