National Psoriasis Foundation

 

Events, sales and competitions to help find a cure

Try organizing one of these fun events, sales or competitions and raise money to help the Psoriasis Foundation find a cure!

You could organize any of these events as a community service, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, or school service project!

Events

Car Wash: Enlist the help of some friends or a school group to hold a car wash with the proceeds going to help kids with psoriasis.

What you might need:

  • Sign/flyer to promote car wash
  • Sponges/rags to wash cars
  • Carwash soap
  • Towels/chamois to dry cars
  • Hose/water

Ice Scrapers or Window Washers: When snow and ice hit, gather a group of friends to scrape car windows at school for teachers and staff in exchange for a donation to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Or during warmer months, wash the windshields of teachers’ cars for a donation

What you might need:

  • Warm gloves, hat, and scarf
  • Ice scraper
  • Sign advertising services
  • Window cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Squeegee

Jeans for Genes: If you wear a uniform to school, work with your teacher or school principal to designate a Dress-Down Day where students can pay $.25 and teachers can pay $1.00 to wear jeans or casual clothes to school. Keep it up over several weeks to raise more money for kids with psoriasis. If you don’t wear a uniform, try a Spirit Day where students pay $.25 to dress according to a theme – tie die or the school colors, for example.

What you might need:

  • Sign/flyers to promote the event
  • Jar or can to hold money collected

Dress Closet: Collect dresses that were worn once for prom and sell them for a very low price to benefit youth with psoriasis. Offer people who donate dresses a discount coupon for the Dress Closet to encourage them to shop for their next dress!

What you might need:

  • Sign/flyers asking for dress donations and promoting the date of the Dress Closet event
  • Space for your event – try to find a space with areas for dressing rooms, such as the school gymnasium and adjoining locker rooms
  • Tags to mark the prices of dresses
  • Racks or hangers to display the dresses
  • Cash box to collect payment for dresses

Gift Wrapping: Set up shop in your local mall or shopping center during the Holidays and wrap gifts in exchange for donations to the Psoriasis Foundation. Gather your volunteers ahead of time to practice wrapping and making bows.

What you might need:

  • Gift wrap (buy it in bulk rolls to save money)
  • Ribbon, tape, To/From tags and scissors
  • Sign/flyers to promote the event
  • Jar or can to collect donations

Dunk Tank: At the next school carnival or community celebration in your town have a dunk tank and sell balls for a small fee for a chance to dunk teachers. Charge a little more for the chance to dunk the school principal or the town mayor.

What you might need:

  • Dunk Tank
  • Hose
  • Baseballs or beanbags to throw at the Dunk Tank target
  • Sign/flyers to promote the event
  • Volunteers to be dunked

Bottle/Can drive:Talk to your teacher or principal about setting up recycling bins in the hallway or cafeteria at your school to collect bottles and cans. When the bins are full, have a parent or teacher help you take them to a recycling center to turn them in for cash, then donate the money to the National Psoriasis Foundation or your local Walk to Cure Psoriasis.

What you might need:

  • Recycling bins for the bottles and cans
  • Sign/flyers that state who the fundraiser is benefitting (the National Psoriasis Foundation)

Ice Cream Social:Sell scoops of ice cream for $1 at a sporting event or during the intermission of a play or concert.

What you might need:

  • Table for your sale
  • Sign/flyers promoting the event and who the fundraiser is for
  • Ice cream and toppings
  • Paper cups and plastic spoons
  • Napkins

Dog Wash: Enlist the help of some friends or a school group to hold a dog wash with the proceeds going to help kids with psoriasis. Advertise at Doggy Day-Cares, Dog Parks and area pet stores.

What you might need:

  • Sign/flyer to promote dog wash
  • Pet shampoo
  • Towels dry dogs
  • Hose/water

Sales

Lemonade Stand: Set-up a lemonade stand at a baseball or soccer game or on the sidewalk in front of your house to raise money for kids with psoriasis.

What you might need:

  • Location for your lemonade stand (your front yard, by the local pool, at the local t-ball or soccer field)
  • A table and chairs
  • A cooler or pitcher for holding the lemonade
  • A sign to tell people how much it will cost and who the fundraiser is for (the National Psoriasis Foundation or your local Walk to Cure Psoriasis)
  • Paper/plastic cups
  • Lemonade (lemonade mix, water and ice)
  • Flyers
  • Something to hold money

Garage Sale:Hold a garage sale or enlist your classmates and neighbors to get involved in a "block sale." Donate the money you raise to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

What you might need:

  • Sign/flyer to promote saleItems to sell (clothing you can't wear anymore, household items your parents no longer need, toys you have outgrown)
  • Masking tape/marker to note the sale price of items
  • Jar or can to hold money collected

Bake Sale: Round up a group of friends to make baked goods and hold a bake sale to benefit kids with psoriasis.

What you might need:

  • Table and chairs to display baked goods
  • Signs/flyers announcing event
  • Baked goods

Flower Sale: Purchase flowers at your local grocery store or florist and bring them to a graduation ceremony, sporting event, concert, etc. Sell the flowers to raise funds for kids with psoriasis.

What you might need:

  • Flowers (carnations, roses, tulips)
  • A bucket of water (to hold flowers before they are sold)
  • Sign/flyer to promote event

Jewelry sales: Design and purchase bracelets or pendants with psoriasis handprint, sell at school events and donate the proceeds to the Psoriasis Foundation. Or, collect old jewelry from classmates and their parents and have a “wear-it-again” sale.

What you might need:

  • JewelrySign/flyers that state who the fundraiser is benefitting (the National Psoriasis Foundation)
  • Table or booth at school or community event for sales
  • Cash box or jar to collect money

Candy-Grams: Have your parent or teacher help you organize a candy-gram sale for the next holiday (works well on Valentines Day, Halloween, etc.). Buy lollipops, candy-bars, etc. and sell them for $1 each to be delivered with a note during class on the holiday. Send flyers home to parents so they can buy candy-grams for their children to increase fundraising!

What you might need:

  • Sign/flyers to promote the event
  • CandyTo/From note tags
  • Ribbon or tape to attach the tags to the candy
  • Jar or can to hold money collected
  • A volunteer to deliver the candy-grams during classes

Used Book Sale:Ask your school or community library to donate outdated or worn books for a used-book sale to benefit the Psoriasis Foundation. Ask students and teachers to donate their old books, too! Publicize your book sale at community centers, the local libraries and book stores.

What you might need:

  • Space to hold your used-book sale
  • Sign/flyers that state who the fundraiser is benefitting (the National Psoriasis Foundation)
  • Bags or boxes for people to carry away their new books in
  • Cash box or jar for payments
  • Masking tape or tags for listing book prices

Competitions

Change with Change: Talk to your teacher or principal about setting up a bucket or tub in the hallway at your school. Every day your classmates and teachers can put some change in the tub. At the end of the month or year count your money. Or, have each class place a tub in their homeroom and have a contest to see who can raise the most money.

What you might need:

  • A container for the change.
  • Bring something fun to put the change in, like:
  •    A wheelbarrow
  •    A kiddie swimming pool
  •    A bucket
  •    A trash can

Video Game or Board Game Tournament:Organize a video game tournament (football, PlayStation II) with brackets and a prize for the winner. Charge a small entry fee to participate and raise funds for children with psoriasis. If your friends are more into board games, you can organize the same kind of tournament with Monopoly, Scrabble, or Yahtzee, for example.

What you might need:

  • Flyers or an advertisement top promote the tournament services (contact your local paper to see if they will donate ad space for you)
  • Television sets
  • Video game systems (PlayStation II, Nintendo, X Box)
  • Board games
  • Chairs
  • Poster to create a bracket
  • Snacks for participants

Battle of the Bands:Round up the student bands in your school and ask them to play for charity – ask them to publicize the Battle to their fans. Let the audience choose the winner and donate the money from ticket sales to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

What you might need:

  • Space for your Battle (school gymnasium, local theater, community center, etc.)
  • Tickets
  • An Emcee or host to announce the bands to the audience
  • Sign/flyers to promote the event
  • Prizes or gift certificates for the winning bands

Faculty vs. Students sporting event: Gather a group of student athletes and challenge your teachers to a game of basketball or volleyball. Sell tickets to your classmates to watch the fun! Increase your fundraising by combining the event with a bake sale or pizza sale so your spectators don’t go hungry. A 50/50 raffle is another easy fundraising idea to add to this event.

What you might need:

  • Gymnasium for the big game
  • Sign/flyers that state who the fundraiser is benefitting (the National Psoriasis Foundation)
  • Baked goods or donated pizzas to sell
  • Raffle tickets

Dance-a-thon: Plan a dance-a-thon in your school gymnasium, community center, or church recreation room. Choose a fun theme (the sixties, swing, etc.) and have each student collect pledges for participating in a 30 minute dance session. Award prizes to those who dance the longest! To increase your fundraising, sell “shout-outs” during the dance-a-thon: for $1, a dancer can have the DJ shout out a message to a friend.

What you might need:

  • Space to hold the dance-a-thon (gymnasium, recreation center, etc.)
  • Sign/flyers promoting the event
  • Pledge sheets for participants
  • A DJ or sound system and CD’s
  • Adult chaperones
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Themed decorations
  • Shout-out forms and jar to collect money

Talent Show: Plan a talent show, Karaoke competition, or American Idol-style sing-off in your school gymnasium, community center, or church recreation room. Sell tickets and have your audience vote for their favorite performer. Increase fundraising by selling snacks and soft-drinks.

What you might need:

  • Space to hold the competition (gymnasium, recreation center, etc.)
  • Sign/flyers promoting the event
  • A karaoke machine or sound system and microphone
  • Snacks and drinks

National Psoriasis Foundation Our Mission: To drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.