Prize Donations

We’re always looking for businesses to jump on board our crusade to cure cancer. Outside of signing on as a sponsor, the best way you can help us is by donating a prize to the event. Your prize donation is 100% tax-deductible, offers you a tremendous marketing opportunity for your business, and will be used in one of four ways:
How Your Donation May Be Used
The Fundraising Competition
The Fundraising Competition is where we use the largest percentage of the prizes we receive because it’s where the campaign raises the most money. As an incentive for participants to raise money beyond their registration costs, we reward those individuals and teams that raise the most with great prizes collected from businesses like yours.

The prizes are used in several ways:

  • Prizes are designated and awarded to the Top 3 individual fundraisers and the Top 3 fundraising teams.
  • Individuals that reach certain fundraising milestones are entered into our fundraising raffle, where some donated prizes are awarded. An individual that raises $100 or more gets one chance, and individual raising $500 or more gets 5 chances, and an individual raising $1,000 or more gets 15 chances.
  • We may use prizes as incentives for early fundraising. In other words, we might say the person or team that raises the most money by such-and-such a date will receive a particular prize. This is helpful because the earlier we can get people started with fundraising, the more money we’ll raise.
  • Finally, if a business is willing to create its own milestone incentive for participants, we’ll gladly incorporate that into the competition and promote it. For example, if you owned a bakery and were willing to donate a free cupcake to all participants that raised at least $50 for the cause, we would add that to our list of fundraising milestones and promote it to all participants. For more information on this option, including total participation figures and promotion, please contact us.

Recognition: Prizes (and the businesses that donated them) will be advertised for all participants on our website as well as in Team Welcome Packets and in emails to participants during the campaign.

The Silent Auction
The silent auction at our event is another terrific way for us to raise last-minute money for the cause with your generous donations. All those in attendance at the event will be able to browse our silent auction tables and bid on prizes that interest them. We’ll oftentimes pair prize donations together in our Silent Auction in order to create larger, more valuable prize packages.

Recognition: In addition to the recognition received by first-hand observation of the prize on our silent auction tables at the event, the prizes (and businesses that contributed them) will also be listed and described in our Silent Auction program book, which is given out to all participants at the event.

The Philly Restaurant Pass (Restaurants Only)
In 2009 at our Philadelphia event, we realized that we could raise a whole lot more money for the cause by packaging all of the restaurant gift certificates we were receiving into one incredible prize and letting our participants sell raffle tickets for it as part of our fundraising competition. So, we collected 24 gift certificates of $50 or more from local restaurants (enough to eat out once every other week for a year) and created a prize called The Philly Restaurant Pass. We marketed it as “Dinner for Two for a Year at Local Restaurants.” The raffle campaign was a huge success raising tens of thousands of dollars for us and has been a staple of the campaign ever since. What worked in Philadelphia has also proven successful in Buffalo, and should continue to grow from year to year.

Recognition: All gift certificates and restaurants will be listed on The Philly Restaurant Pass page of this site, with links to each restaurant’s website. Additionally, all participants will receive a flyer listing all of the gift certificates and restaurants included in the prizes, which they can show to prospective buyers to help sell the tickets. We promote the raffle prize and the participating restaurants wherever possible.

Top Honors Bowling Prize
Though we dedicate most of our prizes to areas that help us raise the most money possible for the cause, there’s something to be said for recognizing the team that bowls the best at our bowling tournament. So, we’re on the lookout for a prize or two that we can give to an entire team of bowlers (prize must be able to accomodate a team of 6-10 bowlers).

Email Rachel Komitzky at LLS ( to find out how you can donate to The Dude!

Recognition: In return for your generous donation, we’ll advertise your donation on this website and in emails to participants leading up to the event as the “[Your Business Name] Championship Prize.” (with a link to your website)

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