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Welcome to the Official Site of The Y in Central Maryland Turkey Trot Charity 5K! We are excited to have you join us for this Thanksgiving morning tradition.

Adults, children and families from across the region come together to not only run (or walk, jog, stroll), but to raise funds so that children living in poverty in Central Maryland have access to Y programs that will forever shape their lives.

Thank you for being part of something good on Thanksgiving Morning!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How to Raise $500

Fundraising for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K is underway! Everyone who registers for the event is asked to help more children in their communities by raising $100. This $100 will help children remove income as a barrier to things like Y Preschool, Y Camps, and Y Before-and-After School Enrichment. These funds will give these children the opportunity to learn and play right beside their more privileged peers. $100 is a great starting amount and to show you how manageable we think it can be, we are going to show you how you can raise $500 in two weeks!

  1. Claim your online fundraising page here and donate $25 yourself, this will help motivate others!
  2. Ask ten of your friends for $10. These are the friends you see from time-to-time, not your closest friends. Ask them with an email, private message, text, in-person request, or a phone call (not a Facebook blast).
  3. Ask five of your friends for $20. These are your best friends, those you see most often. Send your request with an email, private message, text, in-person request, or a phone call (not a Facebook blast).
  4. Ask you employer for a $75 donation. Most companies set some funds aside for charity asks from their employees.
  5. Ask you Facebook friends to help you raise $50 just from them.
  6. Ask your doctor and dentist for $25 each. Like your employer they most likely set aside funds for these requests. A letter or hand written card are a nice way to place an appeal.
  7. Ask the businesses your frequent often for $25 each. These are places like your hair stylist, your bank, your coffee shop, your insurance agent. You support their businesses and endeavors they will be happy to support you and your community. Send them a hand written note or a typed letter.
If you do not hear back from these requests, follow up with a phone call a couple weeks later. You may get some "no's" but you are bound to get more "yes"s. Giving feels good and people will give! When they do shower them with thanks and praise!

Good luck. Let us know if you have any ideas!

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