Saturday, September 20, 2014
Penn's Landing, Philadelphia
Click here to see the video from last year
PLEASE HELP US TO RAISE FUNDS FOR
PRO-ACT RECOVERY WALKS! 2014
Whether you're an individual, a team captain, a team member, or just "thinking about it," there is something you can do NOW to begin raising funds. We need your help not only to defray the expenses of the Walk but, importantly, so that PRO-ACT can continue to serve the recovery community with our advocacy efforts and services designed to help people access and sustain long-term recovery. A contribution to PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! is a good investment! We will use more than 80 cents of every dollar you raise or donate to:
We're Offering Two Prizes for Team Captains
The First Prize will be awarded to the Team Captain whose team raises the most in donations. They will earn:
Deadline for the winning team donations total is the day of Recovery Walks 2014, September 20. The winning total will include all donations made up to and including the day of the Walk. The names of the winning team captain and team will be announced from the stage on September 20.
Congratulations to last year's winner, Christina Reice, on the left, who is very excited that she'll be throwing out the first pitch at the Phillies vs. Miami Marlins game on September 12 (we'll be selling tickets shortly). Her team, The 12-Step Fighters, on the right, worked very hard to push their total ahead of every other team so that Christina could win.
The Second Prize of a $100 Gift Card will go to the Team Captain of the largest registered team on September 20.
Your first step could be to write out a list of everyone you know: family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, book club members, community officials, teachers, etc. Each contact you have during any day can be an opportunity for you to talk about the Recovery Walk--you'll find that many of them have been touched in some way by substance use disorders.
Whether you ask in person or by phone, email or letter, the sooner you ask the easier your fundraising process will be. You could even make copies of the Recovery Walk flyer (click here) and add a personal note to it. It's very important to describe the purpose of the Walk, how the funds will be used, and not make an assumption that someone can't or won't donate.
Remember to tell everyone that their donations are tax deductible!
Persevere--do you know that the average person needs to be asked SIX times before they make a donation? Many people from past annual walks have been touched by the support they received when they shared their story. Let people know that it's not only OK to talk about substance use and recovery, but by breaking the silence we can reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and recovery so those who struggle will find the strength they need to seek help. Recovery is real.
Over the years, we have learned creative ways to supplement your donation gathering. Be sure to look through the Team Captain's Walk Kit for plenty of ideas and other useful information (click here to access it and copy as you wish).
What To Do With Collected Donations
As September 20 (the day of the Walk!) approaches, and you have gathered all the donations you can, there are a few ways for you to turn in your collection to PRO-ACT:
If you are a team member, turn them in to your Team Captain.
If you are a Team Captain or an individual:
REGISTER to walk, form a TEAM,
SPONSOR the event, make a DONATION, join the HONOR GUARD, or volunteer to help by clicking HERE