BE LOUD Table Captains Raise Funds and Awareness

BE LOUD Table Captains Raise Funds and Awareness

The 2019 BE LOUD Breakfast is a few weeks away, but some of the participating teams have already begun reaching out to friends, family, and colleagues to help make their contribution to the Breakfast the strongest it can be.

One of these teams, led by three-time table captain Rebecca Drew, is proving fundraising for a cause they believe in can be fun -- and can really make an impact.

Rebecca said she signed up to lead a table at the BE LOUD Breakfast so that others can receive services that she herself was able to access following a sexual assault years ago.

“KCSARC was there for me when I felt I had no one,” she said. “I didn’t realize I was experiencing PTSD, and their trauma counseling helped tremendously.” Though her insurance didn’t cover counseling, KCSARC is able to offer it free of charge in part because of the support it receives from individuals, corporations, and organizations that take part every year in the Breakfast.

Rebecca and teammate Josh Blondo have organized several events to raise funds and awareness for KCSARC’s work in the last few years.

Drawing on Josh’s experience as a talent buyer for music venues and Rebecca’s project management skills, they successfully pulled off their first fundraiser in 2017 as a Breakfast team -- a benefit concert featuring local musicians and a raffle.

Last year, they decided to do something different: a BE LOUD Bingo. Held at the Machine House Brewery in Georgetown, the team found a comedian to emcee and call numbers, and solicited prizes from a number of local businesses. Not only did everyone have a great time, this team also made great impact, raising an extra $1,800 to their team’s Breakfast total.

               The 2018 BE LOUD Bingo, a fundraiser organized by table captain Rebecca Drew and Josh Blondo to help raise funds for KCSARC,
               was fun for all!

With that successful formula in place, Rebecca and Josh’s team is organizing another BE LOUD Bingo, once more at the Machine House Brewery the night of March 2. This year, comedian Alyssa Yeoman will emcee.

It takes a little planning, but the team brainstorms throughout the year and starts planning early.

“We start two or three months out to secure a venue and a date, then work from there” said Josh. “Then we work on finding a comedian with good energy, who will have appropriate commentary for the event.” Meanwhile, Rebecca works on getting prize donations from local businesses.  They promote the event on social media, post flyers at local businesses and in event calendars. Teammates and friends help increase awareness through word-of-mouth.

Their advice to other teams looking to try something new and fun to raise funds? “Don't underestimate the generosity of our community,” Josh said, noting that the venue, Machine House, even offered to donate half of bar proceeds to KCSARC that evening.

Raising funds is only part of why Rebecca and Josh’s team have chosen to organize events that they and their network can share with others.

“With our team’s fundraising events, we not only help survivors by raising funds, we also provide information and educate others who don’t know about KCSARC,” she said. “So many people have opened up to me about their own sexual assault experiences. While it was hard for me to share what happened, I wanted people to know they are not alone.”

If your team would like to share what inspires you to BE LOUD, or you are planning to try something different or unique this year to strengthen your impact, we’d love to know. Contact Madeline Read, KCSARC’s Events & Corporate Partnerships Manager, at mread@kcsarc.org.