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“Do It Yourself Fundraisers”

Do you enjoy throwing parties for family, friends and coworkers? Do good and have fun by turning your next event into a, “Do It Yourself,” fundraiser activity to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The possibilities are endless and you get to create your own unique fundraising experience to support the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Each year, individuals, businesses, and community groups plan and host, “Do It Yourself,” fundraising events and donate the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter. It is a great way to engage others to raise awareness and funds. Events can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish.

If you'd like to host your own DIY fundraising event, download our Event Guidelines and contact Nicole Gorski, Development Coordinator, to discuss the details and apply for use of the Alzheimer’s Association logo on your event materials. She can be reached at 410.561.9099 or


Event Ideas

Birthdays and anniversaries
Mark the celebration of someone special in your life with a memorial or tribute donation.

Dinner party
Ask your guests to donate what they would have spent on a meal and drinks at a restaurant.

Ask your foursome to donate to the Alzheimer's Association. By giving what they would already spend for a day on the links, they’ll enjoy each other’s company – and learn more about how they can become Alzheimer's Champions.

Share at your wedding
Ask guests to make donations in lieu of gifts at your wedding.

Have your own idea?
Host your own event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. Let us know your plans, and we can send you Alzheimer’s Association Fact Sheets and brochures for your event.

Be a champion at work
Show your support for the cause at work. There are plenty of things you can do in the workplace to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease. Click here for great ideas!  

A Friendrasier Indeed

Most people have heard of a fundraiser, but what about a friendraiser? A friendraiser is a DIY event developed by individuals or a group who have a personal connection to the Alzheimer’s disease movement and are looking to engage others and raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. The 2013 Youth Ambassador for the 2013 Greater Baltimore Walk to End Alzheimer's has shown dedication and hard work in friendraising.
Taylor Rhyne decided that, with the help of her friend Lauren Kiper, she would raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association as her senior project at the Baltimore Lutheran School. The Association has been close to Taylor and her families’ hearts for some time now. When she was seven years old, Taylor’s grandfather, John Hinder, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and he passed away by the time she was 10 years old.

Losing her grandfather had a huge impact on her life. “He will always be in my heart, and my memories of him will guide me throughout my life,” Taylor says. Unfortunately, her family has been greatly affected by the disease. All of her grandfather’s siblings have suffered from the disease. In honor of both of their grandfathers, Taylor and Lauren hosted a dress down day. All high and middle school students could donate $2 to the Alzheimer’s Association to participate. There were many people who went above the minimum donation, and both students and teachers participated. The event was a success, but they were still $40 short of their $400 goal. That’s when the Baltimore Lutheran School stepped in and donated the balance. The young women donated $1,075.
Taylor’s future goal is to reach out more to the community and to encourage younger kids to get involved early and understand the importance of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.

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