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Organize an event

Organize An Event

Events are organized by outside parties to benefit Make-A-Wish® Nebraska. Event sponsors vary from individuals, companies and corporations, kids groups, community groups and just about anyone who has a great idea for a fundraiser.

Event hosts vary from individuals, companies and corporations, kids groups, community groups and more. Events include, but are not limited to, sporting events such as golf or fishing tournaments, silent auctions, percentage of sales, grand openings and much more.

When you are ready to begin planning, contact Emily Marston at [email protected] or call 402.333.8999 (toll-free, 800.760.9474) to receive your fundraising packet which includes the Special Event Form and License Agreement. 

Event Questions and Answers

Q. Who can run an event to benefit Make-A-Wish® Nebraska?
A. Anyone! Any individual or group (employees of a corporation, school/university organization, religious group, etc.) can host an event as long as it is approved in advance by Make-A-Wish Nebraska.

Q. How do I get approval to host an event?
A. Complete, sign and return the Special Event Form and License Agreement. Please allow two weeks for the office to receive and process your event. 

Q. What kinds of events do people hold? 
A. From golf outings to bowl-a-thons, wine tastings, sports tournaments and motorcycle runs, just about any event can be a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish.

Q. Is there a minimum donation required to host a fundraiser?
A. There is no minimum amount required to host a fundraiser. However, the amount of logistical support and materials you can expect to receive from Make-A-Wish will depend on the commitment to raise a certain level of proceeds. 

Q. I want to publicize this event through media outlets in my community. Is that okay?
A. Yes, we want you to get the word out about your event so it will be successful. All publicity materials (posters, invitations, email announcements, press releases, etc.) need to be approved by your Make-A-Wish contact prior to print and distribution.

Q. Can I solicit organizations, companies, stores, etc. outside Nebraska for donations, auction items or sponsorship for my event?
A. We ask that you refrain from soliciting organizations/companies/stores whose corporate offices are headquartered outside of the state of Nebraska. Make-A-Wish chapters are located throughout the United States and we do not want to impede on the territories of other chapters, thus distracting them from their fundraising abilities. Exceptions are occasionally made, so please check with your Make-A-Wish representative on a case-by-case basis.

Q. Can Make-A-Wish help me get a celebrity to attend my event?
A. As wonderful as it would be to have a celebrity attend all of the events that take place to benefit  Make-A-Wish Nebraska, we reserve the contacting of celebrities for wish granting purposes in the hopes that they will donate their valuable time to make our children's wishes come true.

Q. Where does the money raised at my event go?
A. The proceeds from your event go toward our mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength, and joy. If your event raises our Adopt-A-Wish levels of $2,500, $5,000, $7,500 or $10,000 there is an opportunity for your funds to go towards "adopting" a specific child's fondest wish!

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Make-A-Wish® Nebraska
1005 S 107th Ave.
Suite 102
Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 333-8999
Toll Free (800) 760-9474
Make-A-Wish® Nebraska, Lincoln Office
8033 S 15th St.
Suite B
Lincoln, NE 68512
(402) 475-9474
Toll Free (800) 760-9474
Make-A-Wish® Nebraska, Kearney Office
412 East 25th
Suite D
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 234-6612