Host an Event

Two young girls who are visually impaired holding white canes and wearing red baseball caps and glasses. Both girls are smiling as they pose for a photo outside on the Perkins campus.

We appreciate your willingness to host an event on behalf of Perkins School for the Blind, whether it’s a local race you’re eager to run, a dinner party to introduce Perkins to friends or a bake sale at your place of work. These events are not only an enjoyable way to engage new people, they also benefit Perkins by raising awareness and funds for our many programs.

We're here to help

Interested in fundraising for Perkins by hosting an event? We'd like to know more about your event, so please fill out this form to get in touch with our Special Events team. We're available to support your event, provide information about Perkins and answer any questions you might have. Contact us or call Emily Goodman, Special Events Manager, at 617-972-7583.


Getting Started

If you want to plan and host an event that will make a real difference in the lives of children and young adults around the world who are blind, please review the following information to help you get started.

Choose an event

First, thank you for your interest in supporting Perkins and spreading awareness about our important mission. We can't do what we do without your help.

If you want to support Perkins, a good way to start is by brainstorming ideas. There are many different factors to consider, including your interests, your skills and the type of activity your friends and family would be most eager to participate in. Here are some suggestions…

 

Bake sale

Sugar cookies on a table spelling the word charge in blue frosting. A sign underneath on of the cookies reads 'Charge Set $1.00.'

A bake sale is a great excuse to share delicious treats with your community. Everyone loves to eat cupcakes and cookies—especially if each bite supports a good cause. Plus, a bake sale is easy to organize and run.

You will need to:

  • Gather a team of volunteer bakers to contribute a variety of different sweet treats.

  • Create awareness through emails, social media and signs.

  • Find a location with a lot of foot traffic, like a sporting event, company cafeteria or shopping area. Just be sure to get permission prior to hosting your event.

  • Gather essential items such as a table, tablecloth and chairs.

  • Create signs for pricing items and to highlight the fact that Perkins will benefit from the bake sale.

  • Bring a cash box to make change and keep track of the money you make.

 

Sporting events

Two women running a race. The one is front is blindfolded.

Running a road race is a great way to motivate others to support Perkins. It's also a wonderful way to honor the memory of a loved one. Just pick an existing marathon, 5k walk or run, obstacle race or other upcoming race. Whatever kind of race you choose, we'll be there to support you every step of the way.

To experience what it's like to compete in a race without the benefit of sight, consider running blindfolded with a guide. It's an exciting way to challenge yourself and inspire others to support Perkins and the children we serve.

Once you decide which race you want to run, reach out to friends and family and ask them to sponsor you. You can ask for a donation of a specific amount (like $25 or $50), or an amount based on the number of miles you run (like $2 per mile). Don't be shy about asking—most people are happy to support a friend or family member, while also funding a good cause like Perkins.

You will need to:

  • Find a race that allows you to achieve your athletic and personal goals.

  • Start a training program, if necessary.

  • Publicize your plans through email, on Facebook, via Twitter or other social media avenues, and direct people to your fundraising page.

  • If you will run with a sighted guide, tell the race director about your plans and see if you can secure a guide bib.

  • Update your community after the race. Thank them for their support. Let them know that you successfully completed the race, and tell them how much money was raised. Remind than that their donation will fund Perkins programs that empower children who are blind.

 

Dinner party

A dinner table set with china and silverware with a pink tablecloth and tulips.

Hosting a dinner party for your friends, family and co-workers is a wonderful way for everybody to enjoy great food and company—while also learning about the life-changing work we do at Perkins. You can make this dinner party even more memorable by providing blindfolds to your guests and letting them experience a meal using only their senses of taste, smell and touch. It's an evening they'll never forget.

You will need to:

  • Choose a location for your dinner party.

  • Make a list of friends, family and co-workers you'll invite.

  • Create a theme for the dinner party, and plan the menu and décor.

  • Invite guests, either with traditional invitations, via email or through online services like Evite.

  • Make arrangements with Perkins to forward all donations after the event.

  • Thank attendees for their support, and remind them that their donation will fund Perkins programs that empower people who are blind.

 

Other fundraising ideas

  • Ask for donations in lieu of presents for a birthday, holiday celebration or wedding. Collect the money yourself and mail it to Perkins with a copy of our printable gift form and have your friends and family donate directly to Perkins online.

  • Organize a dress-down day at your place of work. This fun event gives employees the ability to "dress down" in casual clothes if they make a small donation to Perkins.

  • Partner with a local restaurant to host an auction or raffle, and have a percentage of food proceeds donated back to Perkins.


What Perkins can do for you

  • Provide you with the official Perkins School for the Blind logo for your event materials.

  • Provide educational literature to share with attendees.

  • Provide tax acknowledgment letters for gifts made to Perkins.

  • If possible, provide an on-site representative from Perkins.

  • Offer planning expertise and ideas to make your event more successful.

And remember, if you have any questions about hosting an event to support Perkins just contact us or call Emily Goodman, Special Events Manager, at 617-972-7583. We're here to help!