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ADVANCING THE CAUSE special events Hosting a PHA Special Event: L e a r n t h e Key C o m p o n e n t s f o r a S u c c e s s f u l F u n d r a i s e r pHa 's Special Events Program is powered by community members just like you. In 2013, our volunteer event organizers hosted more than 60 events across the country, raising more than $1 million to support PHA's patient and medical support programs and research. In addition to raising these crucial funds, each event helped us broaden our reach and raise pulmonary hypertension awareness beyond our immediate community. Thinking about joining your peers in the fight against PH through Special Events? Here are some key ways to get started: Get Started Early Hosting a Special Event takes time. PHA recommends allowing for at least six months of planning for events such as walks, 5Ks and golf tournaments. A larger event like a gala requires an even longer planning period. Recruit Volunteers Planning and executing a Special Event is not a one-person job. Create a list of all tasks that need to be completed before your event, as well as the day of the event. Recruit volunteers in the early stages of your planning to serve as members of your planning committee and delegate the pre-event tasks among them. As the event day approaches, talk to your support group members, friends, family and local community service groups about volunteer opportunities on the day of the event. Fundraise There are several ways to raise funds through an event. Reach out to local businesses for event sponsorships. Even if sponsors decline to give money, don't rule them out! Their donated goods and services can be used for event refreshments and raffle or silent auction items, drastically reducing your expenses. You should also encourage event participants to fundraise by creating an online fundraising page and reaching out to their friends and family for support. Incorporate Awareness! Special Events are a great way to educate the general public about PH. Incorporate PH awareness in all of your solicitation letters, event posters, registration 28 www.PHAssociation.org forms, website, and the like. Schedule a local medical professional, PH patient or caregiver to speak at your event and share their story. Also make sure to include PH information for distribution at your event. Spread the Word Create an event flier or poster to publicize your event. Better yet - go green! Use social media outlets and emails to invite people to your event and share details and updates. Thank Everyone! During and after your event, be sure to thank all of your volunteers, attendees and sponsors. Handwritten notes, emails and logo recognition are just a few examples of ways to let your donors know that you appreciate their support, and this recognition will build the foundation for a continued relationship. These are just a few helpful hints to get you started on planning a Special Event for PHA. For more information, view our comprehensive planning guide at www.PHAssociation.org/SpecialEvents or contact us at Events@PHAssociation.org or 301-565-3004 x765. w By Leslie Mahaney PHA Special Events Senior Manager Attending PHA's 2014 Conference? Want to learn more about the different ways you can fundraise to fight PH? Join us for our Skill-Building Session - "Fighting Back through Fundraising" - on Friday, June 20. Members of our community and our development team will share tips and tricks and answer your questions. Pictured above: Panelists present at the 2012 Conference session. PATHLIGHT SPRING 2014 http://www.PHAssociation.org/SpecialEvents http://www.PHAssociation.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PHA Pathlight Spring 2014

PHenomenal Lives
Coping with PH
Health Matters
Ask a PH Specialist
Helpful Hints
Research Corner
Advancing the Cause
Support Groups
Special Events
Chapter Happenings
Persistent Voices
Community Classroom
Conference Preview
PHenomenal Youth
Family PHocus

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