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Ideas To Get You Started

There are many different types of fundraising events that you could host. Your creativity can help you decide how you wish to help. Once you have decided, please complete the Event Proposal Form so that we can help ensure your event is a positive experience.

Pajama Day, Jeans Day, or Dress Down Day

Students or co-workers can pay a small amount for the privilege to wear pajamas, jeans or dress down for school or work.

Walkathon or Race

Organize a walk or run in your community.

Bake Sale

Get together with your friends to bake batches of brownies or cookies to sell during your lunch break or as after-school snacks.

School Dance

Raise money by hosting a dance! You can charge an entrance fee to collect money for the Manna Pantry while providing food and entertainment.

Sports Tournament

Organize a sports tournament such as touch football, kickball, bocce, whatever you like! Have friends and family create teams and pay an entry fee to play. Award a prize to the winning team and for other players such as Best Sportsmanship, Most Enthusiastic, etc.

Bowling Event

Hosting a bowling event to benefit Manna Pantry is a great way to bring family and friends together for a night of fun activities, great food and camaraderie.

Luncheon, Tea Party or Dinner Party

Host a luncheon, mother-daughter tea party or dinner party. Sell tickets, put out donation jars or combine with a silent or live auction to add to the festivities.


If you know musicians or a local band, ask them to put on a show to benefit the Manna Pantry of Big Rapids. Advertise the show in your community and charge attendees an entry fee or set up a donation jar.

Holiday Home Tour

Decorate your home during a specific holiday or season such as Halloween or winter and give tours to friends and neighbors. You can charge an entry fee, set up a donation jar or sell themed goodies. Get other families on your block involved for a neighborhood-wide event.

Other Events to Consider

Antique Fair, Craft Fair, Dance Marathon, Family Fun Day, Yard Sale, Talent Show, Car Wash