By creating a public spectacle, you can raise interest, awareness and money. Choose events that will be moderately humiliating but will generate community interest in what promises to be a comical experience. As you plan, consider your audience and the capabilities of your organisation to set up and staff fundraising events.
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If you want to generate interest in the community, hold a mud wrestling contest. Instead of using half-naked women, however, choose contestants who have relatively high levels of prominence in the community. A religious organisation might have its head pastor and deacon step into a pool of mud, for example, while a university group might persuade the president and dean of students to compete. Invite the wrestlers to wear funny costumes and create characters to add to the hilarity. You can also schedule comical pairings, such as the tiniest and largest teachers in a school. Charge an entrance fee and allow audience members to forecast the winner.
Skirt Chaser Race
On a male-oriented holiday like Father's Day, sponsor a skirt chaser race in which each of the participants must dress up in skirts to run--even the men. Start planning the race at least six months in advance to ensure you can secure the necessary permits and road closures necessary to close off the course. Go with a 5K race distance but also include a "fun run" to make the event accessible to a wide range of people. In your advertisements, broadcast prizes for the shortest skirt, best outfit, best male skirt and best female skirt. Charge entrants a registration fee and solicit volunteers from your organisation to staff the event; ask local businesses to donate items for race packs and refreshments.
If you are targeting adults for donations to your organisation, hold a flashback prom where guests must attend in outfits that would have been appropriate at their senior prom. Create the prom experience by holding it in a school gym, decorating with crepe paper and balloons and playing popular music from decades past. Host a prom court competition, award prizes for the best dressed guests and have a local photographer take pictures of couples. Charge for admission and refreshments to raise money for your group. This type of event will give adults in your community the chance to relive a beloved high school tradition and flash back to their glory days.
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