The calendar says it is June. It seems just a blink ago that our development team gathered (virtually, of course) to brainstorm how to connect with our wonderful Buzzy’s Bees supporters when it looked like we would be unable to hold our annual spring mini-golf tournament – for the second year in a row. Thank you, no thank you, pandemic.
In 2020 we had a fun time and raised a few dollars with online Bingo and pub-style trivia games. With that in mind – and the enthusiasm and fresh energy of six committee members – the $10K in 10 Days series of events was built. It is honest to share that some of us were not sure the goal to raise $10,000 was reachable. It made for a catchy name, but we were truly going out on a limb.
Between April 22 and May 8 (a necessary reschedule from May 1) we held 9 fundraising events…most of them online. There truly was something for everyone. About 150 households participated in one or more event. We loved seeing so many familiar faces and meeting those new to our hive. Those who could not be with us showed their support and generosity with a donation. Our sponsors and in-kind donors allowed us to make sure every gift could be put to use for the Buzzy’s Bees mission.
Imagine our delight when tickets for events were selling out, donations were arriving, and we ultimately were able to raise about $11,500! We are beyond grateful for our supporters. We are thankful – 10K times.
It truly is more than about the numbers, though. The heart of Buzzy’s Bees is our families. Every gift contributes to our mission to provide financial and emotional support to those who experience the unfathomable unexpected loss of a young child. It is heartbreaking, but real, that more families will look to Buzzy’s Bees in the future. We will be here, thanks to the ongoing support of our hive.