Successful Fundraising – Jim Gray Memorial Golf Tournament
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There are many perks associated with choosing our fundraising site to honor the memory of a deceased loved one, including gaining access to a robust list of free tools that will help you capture the attention of potential donors. For example, we offer a one-click email feature that makes it possible to message everyone in your address book at the same time.
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Jim Gray’s Story
Jim Gray passed away in 2010 from cancer, and his family decided that they wanted to do something in his honor to help celebrate the vibrant life that he lived. According to Jim’s son, RJ, he was a man who loved giving to others, so it made perfect sense to put together a memorial campaign in his memory.
“This summer will mark 5 years since I lost my Dad, Jim Gray, to cancer. That time of year tends to still be tough on my family and I. This year, instead of spending another year dwelling on the fact he is gone, I wanted to get friends and family together to celebrate his life. If you knew my Dad, you know his greatest attribute as a human was his willingness and desire to GIVE. “
RJ selected the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida as the recipient of their fundraising efforts. Instead of simply posting a DonationTo page, the family also organized a memorial golf tournament to be held on June 13, 2015, in Melbourne, Florida. This tournament is scheduled to become an annual event, and this will give Jim’s family and friends a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon his life while helping others in need.
Although it is very wise to host local fundraising events, the reality is that you can reach a much wider audience by posting an online campaign. RJ understood this, so he combined his efforts to make sure that the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida would receive the highest possible group donation. The online goal was set at $5,000. Within this total was the expectation that some people would pay for their golfing fees online, along with giving people from out-of-town a way to help out. As of June 12, this successful campaign had passed its goal by more than $1,000.
“Its great that you do this to honor your father and support and help so many others at the same time. Thanks for letting me be apart of it and I appologize ahead of time for my poor golf play!”
One of the nice things about giving supporters the option to donate online is that they can easily use their credit or debit card. Each contributor is also given the opportunity to pay for DonationTo’s minimal processing fee, which means that the campaign will receive 100 percent of the money that has been donated.
The Power of Support
At DonationTo, we understand that people who are raising money online need the support of their family and friends. To help make this possible, we have enabled a comments feature on each fundraising page. Every person who makes a donation can leave some words of support, and they are posted to the page for everyone to read. Matt Goodyear utilized this feature when he wrote “excited to celebrate the life of one of the best men I have ever known.” This type of comment is very touching, and it is certain to provide the family with some solace while they mark the fifth year since Jim lost his battle with cancer.
People who were unable to attend the golf tournament were able to put the comments feature to work to share some words of support. Craig Urquhart donated $100, and he also posted some very kind words: “RJ – I am sorry I can’t attend the event. Glad you are carrying on your father’s legacy and raising money for a great cause.”
Losing a loved one is always hard, and the anniversary of their death can be an especially difficult time. Jim Gray’s family decided to turn this time period into an opportunity to celebrate life and help others. Launching the First Annual Jim Gray Golf Tournament will bring family and friends together, and it has also raised more than $6,100 for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida.
Our fundraising platform provides numerous crowdfunding tools, ranging from a social networking integration to one-click emailing. Donors can make an online contribution via PayPal or WePay, and they will be given the ability to cover the processing fee so that 100 percent of their donation goes to a worthy cause.