Headbands of Hope Hosts 'The Worst Fundraiser Ever'

Third annual ‘no money’ charity event to benefit critically-ill children and their families
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Photo courtesy of Kate Pope Photography

Mission-driven brand Headbands of Hope, widely known for its one-for-one model benefiting kids battling cancer, has announced its third annual Give Gala, in partnership with the nonprofit organization, The Monday Life

Dubbed “The Worst Fundraiser Ever” in a cheeky nod to its unique donation details, the award-winning Give Gala raises gifts of kindness in place of dollars. Like any charity event, tickets are available in exchange for a donation; however, for Give Gala, donations are made by way of a service, gift or talent. Each attendee offers time or direct ability to improve the life of a sick child through action. Dreamed up by Headbands of Hope founder and motivational speaker, Jess Ekstrom; and by Joey McMahon, founder of The Monday Life; Give Gala was created to encourage others to make a big difference through small acts of kindness.

“Give Gala is a way for us to give back to childhood cancer patients in our community, but also shake up the stereotype of giving. Since we don’t accept cash donations, people get creative with how they give back and find a more personal connection to making an impact,” Ekstrom says.

Last year’s event brought together more than 500 people through simple acts of kindness.

PHOTO COURTESY OF Kate Pope Photography

Whether fulfilling a direct request made by patients, families or medical staff, or delivering a one-of-a-kind idea, Give Gala attendees will make a difference just by showing up. Headbands of Hope, along with its event partners, pairs guests with children and families in search of specific activities or experiences. Previous offerings have included everything from simple tasks like babysitting, dog walking and cooking, to extravagant gifts like sponsored birthday parties and week-long vacation rentals. 

The clever fundraising event will take place on Nov. 16, 7:30-10:30 p.m., at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. For additional information head to our calendar.


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