I have not hosted a Lupus Benefit but I helped put together the largest community cleanup in Arizona. We had a lot of press coverage and thousands of dollars donated in prizes along with money for two charity groups we were sponsoring. It was a lot of work for just two people but our desert is a cleaner place today from it!
We started by contacting our friends and family and letting them know what was going on, when it was happening and where it was. At that point we also asked if our contacts had any ideas on donations and products we could raffle off. We were bombarded with e-mails from everyone. We contacted every lead we had and not one person turned us away. People really want to do good when they are asked. I contacted restaurants in regards to them donating food and their time to out volunteers. They also were on board and we were able to furnish breakfast and lunch for everyone. Last, I contacted the media. That was the tough one. We e-mailed them every day!!!! News channels, local papers and radio stations. Finally we got our break and the local new here in Phoenix came out to interview us about the clean up. Once we had one media source under our belt the rest followed!!!!!
The key is communication with any event! Create a website just for the benefit. This will give everyone something to look at and it will give them a back ground to what Lupus really is! Depending on the type of benefit you want to have you may want to look into a silent auction. You could get local retailers to donate an item and that could go into the silent auction. You may also want to contact restaurants and see is any of them would donate a dinner and desert for the benefit. Also, figure out where you want to have it and more than likely because it is a benefit to raise awareness for a specific disease, they may give it to you for free or at a reduced price!!!!!
Do not give up!!!!! I think this is a great idea and just get the word out there. Tim and I were the only two organizing our even and we ended up with over 500 volunteers and hauled over 21 tons of trash from the desert!!!!! It is all possible and you have to remember that even when you feel like giving up!!!!! You will have so many friends and family members who will support you!!!!!!!! I am so proud that you are doing this and good luck!!!! You can always ask me questions through out the process if you want to!!!! Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!
As I grow to understand life less and less,
I learn to love it more and more.
Age 29, Lupus for last 7 years
Medications: Methotrexate, Lyrica, Celebrex, Flexeril, Theophylline, Bactrim, Xopenex, Lisinopril, Ultram