Hosting a Bald for Bucks event in Grad School

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy has been hosting a Bald for Bucks event for the last three years. Hear from their coordinators on why it’s important to get your school involved!

We begin planning our event very early.  In December, we recruited new members for our team through an application process. We take two members from the new class entering into the pharmacy school to ensure we always will have people from each class supporting and that each year we have people with prior experience who understand how the event is run from the year before.  By January, we had a date and location planned.  We hold the event in a local restaurant/bar.  Since we are a graduate program, most students are over 21 and the bar setting works out.  We are able to work with the location to offer specials to our guests.

The toughest part of planning this event is donation requests.  We sent out upwards of 100 requests to local businesses asking for a donation.  We use donations such as merchandise or gift cards to raffle off in the form of baskets.  This is where we make a significant amount of our money.  We had 27 baskets this year with a variety of great prizes.  Students, faculty and guests readily spent quite a bit of money for their chance to win a basket.

Each year we have held this event we have had a goal of $5,000. This year we raised about $3,600.  While we didn’t meet our goal, we still raised $3,600 more than would have been raised without the event.  We receive a great deal of support from the faculty and administration within the school.  It is a great event to not only raise money for a great cause, but to unite the school.  The sense of community felt at this event is overwhelming and it is a great way to take a step back from studying and to see how we can make an impact in the community in other ways.

We look forward to continuing this event next year and hopefully for years to come.  We are proud of what we accomplished and are happy to support the community.  My best advice to anyone looking to plan a Bald for Bucks event is to start planning early.  The earlier everything is done, the better you feel the day of the event. You can sit back, enjoy and watch everyone else enjoy the event that you have put together while simultaneously knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of those with cancer.

The next best piece of advice we have for anyone planning a Bald for Bucks event is to stay organized. Since we have multiple students on our Committee, we utilize Google Drive to allow each member access. We create documents with to do lists, raffle baskets ideas, donations requested and received, among many others! This ensures that places are not asked for duplicate donations and that everything gets done. The information is saved for the following year and provides a starting point to begin the planning of the next event!