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Fund Raising Opportunities

Fund Raising Opportunities
The Columbus Schools Special Olympics program offers many opportunities for a person and/or group to assist with fund raising. Fundraising efforts are conducted throughout the year which directly support the athletes and program. Below are some of our events and activities. We are always open to suggestions and new ways of raising additional funds.

During OSU football season, the Neil Avenue Center, 2571 Neil Avenue, is used to park cars for home games. Many people return each season to park in our lot since they know 100% of their money directly supports the Special Olympics program. The lot has become so popular that it usually is filled two hours before the game begins. There are season passes offered, which guarantees a prime spot up to one hour prior to the kick off time. Volunteers typically arrive at the building 3-4 hours prior to the game and everyone is home in time to watch it on TV. This is a fun, easy and enjoyable way to talk with OSU fans and help the Special Olympics program as a volunteer.

This fundraiser is usually held in August. It is open to the public and both individuals and four person teams are accepted. It is a full day which begins with registration and lunch. The format is a shotgun start scramble. At the end of the round of golf dinner is offered. Team awards are presented. Prizes are raffled and a silent auction is held. This is a day in which our unified golfers (pairs Special Olympics athletes with non Special Olympics partners) get to participate and enjoy the game of golf. If you know of a business who might be interested in playing, sponsoring one of the unified teams and/or donating raffle or silent auction items, please call the Special Olympics office for further information.

This event represents one of the largest fund raisers. The Cash Drop is similar to Charity Newsies in which we are issued a permit from the City of Columbus to participate in a roadway solicitation once a year. We are at various intersections throughout Columbus collecting donations from motorists. This continues to be a very successful fundraiser for our organization as long as we have many volunteers willing to assist. The event is typically held on a non-home OSU football game day in September or early October. On the day of Cash Drop, a person volunteers 4 hours of their time to be at the intersection. Obviously, the more volunteers willing to donate their time, the more intersections that can be covered.

During the month of October, orders are taken for our wreath and greenery sale. The orders are turned in and delivery is the week of Thanksgiving. Everything is delivered fresh and guaranteed. If you own a business that displays greenery during the holidays, this is a good way to support the Special Olympics program, by placing your order with us. The pieces are thoughtful gifts for relatives, friends, co-workers and even yourself. Assistance is needed to help unload the truck when it arrives and as people arrive to pick up their orders.

Market Day, which if held twice (June and August) offers a variety of good food that you purchase and our program receives a profit from the sale. Brochures are mailed to those interested in the sale. There are several ways to order the items: return your order form by mail, call in your order, or order on line. Items are paid at the time of pick up and Market Day accepts cash, checks and/or the Ohio Direction card. This is a fundraiser in which we need volunteers to assist unloading the truck, as well as prepacking orders and assisting with the sale as people arrive to pick up their orders.

Our Special Olympics program is always looking for corporate support to assist in funding one of our events, such as the Friendship Games, Columbus Sports Classic or Charity Golf Outing. Additional funds are needed to purchase equipment, uniforms and awards, or to pay registration fees for a State competition. We offer a variety of ways that your name can be visable; our newsletter published six times a year, signage at an event along with media coverage.

As a non profit organization, we are always searching for new and exciting ways to raise the needed funds for our program. An athlete is never charged to become involved in our program therefore, it is up to the organization to be sure the needed funds are available. Perhaps you have an idea of your own or know of someone that could assist our program.
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