18 Songs to Kick Off 2018 Bald for Bucks!

We wanted to kick off this season of Bald for Bucks with a fresh and fun new playlist to take your upcoming Bald for Bucks event to the next level! Download the songs below, create a YouTube or Spotify playlist, and we guarantee that everyone will be dancing at your next event.

1. Havana – Camila Cabello

2. Good to Be Alive – Andy Grammer

3. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars

4. Cheap Thrills – Sia

5. Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars, Cardi B (Clean Version)

6. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (NOTD Remix) – Shawn Mendes, NOTD

7. Wolves – Selena Gomez, Marshmello

8. Friends – Justin Bieber, BloodPop

9. Something Different – Why Don’t We

10. Best Friend – Sofi Tukker, NERVO, The Knocks, Alisa Ueno (Clean Version)

11. One Foot – WALK THE MOON

12. This Girl – Kungs, Cookin’ On 3 Burners

13. Love On Me – Galantis, Hook N

14. Who Do You Love (Remix) – Seeb, Jacob Banks, Zac Samuel 

15. Glorious – Macklemore and Skylar Grey (Clean Version)

16. God’s Plan – Drake (Clean Version)

17. Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man

18. Thunder – Imagine Dragons

5 Ways to Boost Your Fundraising on #GivingTuesday

What is #GivingTuesday?

 

Giving Tuesday takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is an opportunity for people to give back and kick off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

 

1. Social Media

Use social media to tell your story about Goin’ Bald for Bucks! Why are you doing it? How can your audience get involved and help you meet your goal? We created some social media badges to post to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Use them to grab people’s attention and then share your story. It’s also a great idea to link to your fundraising page so it’s easier for people to donate to you.

You can also use social media to recognize those who have already donated to your campaign. Tagging a donor in a “thank you” post will make them feel appreciated, and it will give them the recognition they deserve for taking part in the fight against cancer.  We have also created social media badges for you to give to your donors to post. When your donors post about their contribution, they are increasing the reach of your Goin’ Bald for Bucks campaign!

2. Email

Sending an email to family members, friends, teachers, etc. is a great way to reach out to people in your larger social network. Be sure to come up with a creative subject to grab your reader’s attention- “Bald is Beautiful,” “I’m Going Bald!”  Once you have grabbed their attention with the subject line, tell them your story about Goin’ Bald for Bucks! Ask them if their company will match their donation or if they can forward your email to their contacts.

3. Ask for specifics

Being specific when asking for donations is essential on Giving Tuesday. Most donors want to see their gift have a direct impact on the cause, so it’s important to promote the facts about Goin’ Bald for Bucks in order to get the best fundraising results. Share this link or printed document with your donors to help them understand how their contribution is making a difference!

4. Track Your Progress

Make a goal for yourself on Giving Tuesday and create a goal tracker. Whether it’s a thermometer or social media updates, make sure there’s a way for people to see your progress.  If people see your thermometer increasing rapidly, they might become inclined to join the excitement! Or if somebody sees you are only $100 away from your goal, they may be willing to help you meet it.

5. Encompass the Holiday Spirit

After all, this is the season of giving. Many people want to give back around the holidays and this is your chance to help them.  Remind people of the holiday spirit and that their contributions will make a difference emotionally and spiritually to our patients during the Holiday Season.

Learn how Newfane Middle raised $23,000!

Newfane Middle School went Bald for Bucks for the first time in February. Their goal was to have a few dozen kids participate and raise a few thousand dollars for Roswell Park. Hear from their coordinator, Amanda Riggs on what made their event a success and how they raised an incredible $23,000!

  1. What made you want to host a Bald for Bucks event at Newfane Middle?

We just thought it was the right time to give it a try. As a school, we made it a goal to focus on the things that unite us. This was a perfect fit!

  1. How many kids did you expect to participate? How much money did you expect to raise?

I expected maybe a dozen or so to really commit, and I was hoping to raise a few thousand dollars.

  1. Were you surprised at the outstanding fundraising that came out of your event?

We were beyond amazed! We knew it would be worthwhile, but we had no idea how well we’d do!

  1. What kinds of things did you do at Newfane Middle to encourage kids to sign up?

We held a small kick-off assembly with each grade level to stir up interest and send information home.  Then we continued to promote it through our morning announcements.

  1. Did you do any school-wide fundraisers?

We set up an online booster with Custom Ink and designed and sold t-shirts to raise extra money. We also held a dress-up day where students paid to wear certain things, like pajamas.

  1. Do kids and teachers at your school have a strong connection to cancer? What about Roswell Park?

We have a staff member who is a cancer survivor, and we currently have two 8th grade students that are cancer survivors. Our district has also has a family that lost a child to cancer several years ago.

  1. What advice would you give to a teacher that wants to get Bald for Bucks started at his/her school?

Just jump in and do it! There’s a lot of support and guidance along the way, and you can really make the event work anyway you’d like to suit your school.

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10 Things to Remember to Have the Day of Your Event

As your event approaches, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch! So in order to help, we’ve made a checklist of 10 things to have the day of your event.

  1. Permission Slips & Offline Donations

Make sure that you’ve collected permission slips from all of the students participating in your event. We want to make sure that parents know what their child is doing for cancer research! Also collect any offline donations and keep a list of who’s handed in what so you have grand totals for each student.

  1. Confirm Hairstylists

If you haven’t already, ask hair stylists to volunteer to shave heads at your event. Let them know what time the event is at, give details of where the event is (ex: your school’s gym, cafeteria, etc.) and other information they may need (where to park, if they need to check in). In case you’re having trouble finding stylists, we have a list of past salons that have participated in Bald for Bucks events.

  1. Give Power to the Razor

This one is easy to forget but most important to remember! Have extension cords and power strips so stylists can plug in their clippers.

  1. Tables & Chairs

You’ll want to have tables set up for checking students in. When they check in, make sure they’ve handed in all their donations & let them know when they’ll be shaving their head. If you’d like a Bald for Bucks representative at your event, have a table set up for them to help hand out certificates and incentives! You should also set up chairs for individuals to sit at while they get their head shaved. Make sure the chairs can be seen from the audience.

  1. Forms for Pantene Beautiful Lengths & Plastic Bags

Participants that have chosen to donate their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths should fill out the donation form before cutting their hair. You’ll also want to have hair ties or rubber bands to secure the hair in a pony before cutting and Ziploc bags to place the hair in (1 gallon size bags work best).

  1. List of Participants & Total Raised

Creating a list of participants is a great way to keep track of students & make sure everyone has checked in. You’ll want to add in the total amount of money they’ve raised so you know top fundraisers and guarantee everyone gets their incentives.

  1. Clean Up

At the end of your event, you’ll need a broom and dust pan to help clean up the hair. If you’d like, when you set up the chairs, lay down tarps or table cloths underneath to help minimize clean up.

  1. Volunteers

Decide if you’ll need volunteers to help you throughout your event. Ask faculty or students to help out with checking students in. If you have other fundraising events going on throughout your event such as a 50/50 or basket raffle, ask volunteers to help facilitate.

  1. Find an MC

Have a teacher or student MC your event. They’ll be in charge with speaking & calling participants up to shave their heads. If available, our Bald team will ask DJ Anthony from Kiss 98.5 to come and MC your event!!!

  1. Create a Rockin’ Playlist

During the actual shaving process, it’s a good idea to have a playlist ready to have some tunes playing during the event. This will keep students engaged and avoid any awkward silence!

These 10 things will ensure that you’re prepared and better yet, make your day a huge success! If you have any other questions as your event approaches, please feel free to reach out to our Bald for Bucks team at 716-845-8788.

 

 

20 Songs to play at your Bald for Bucks event!

Are you looking for a rockin’ playlist for your Bald for Bucks event? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Either download the songs below, or use our YouTube playlist, and we guarantee the participants will be dancing in their seats!

  1. Firework- Katy Perry
  2. Can’t stop the Feeling- Justin Timberlake
  3. Raise Your Glass- P!nk
  4. Closer- The Chainsmokers
  5. Hands Clap- Fitz and the Tantrums
  6. Uptown Funk- Bruno Mars
  7. I Got a Feeling- Black Eyed Peas
  8. Cake by the ocean- DNCE
  9. The Walker- Fitz and the Tantrums
  10. Applause- Lady Gaga
  11. Shape of You- Ed Sheeran
  12. Fight Song- Rachel Platten
  13. Stronger- Kelly Clarkson
  14. Lights- Ellie Goulding
  15. What Makes You Beautiful- One Direction
  16. Shake It Off- Taylor Swift
  17. Happy- Pharrell Williams
  18. Best Day of my Life- American Authors
  19. Rather Be- Clean Bandit
  20. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

 

How to go Bald for Bucks: 5 simple steps to help in the fight against cancer

Looking to make a difference in the fight against cancer?  Join us as we snip, clip and shave our way to cancer cures! Goin’ Bald for Bucks is a fun way to raise money for cancer research and honor patients who have lost their hair to cancer treatments. Rocking the bald look is easy and we’re here to show you the way.

Start with the basics

Once you’ve decided to Go Bald, pick a date and time for your event. Decide if you’ll go bald at a hair salon, at your house or maybe you and your team can pick a location where everyone can come and watch!

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Register online

Register online at www.baldforbucks.org. You can create a team, join a team or register as an individual. Your online page is a great way to track all of your online donations. You can personalize your page so everyone can read about why you’re Goin’ Bald! Once you’re registered online, keep an eye out for an email from our Bald for Bucks team and we’ll send you some neat supplies to help market your event!

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Share your mission

Use social media to get word out about what you’re doing for Roswell Park. You may be surprised by how many people are affected by cancer, so don’t be afraid to ask people to support your cause! Be sure to check out our tips & tools on our website for more ideas on how to promote your fundraising efforts, making it even easier to reach your goal.

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Go Bald!

Give yourself time to prep for your event on the day of. Make sure you have check lists of things you need to do. Be prepared, but most of all, have fun with it (and take lots of pictures)! You are doing something so brave and bold in honor of cancer patients!

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Enjoy!

Once your event is over, soak up all that you’ve done in the fight against cancer. Be sure to say thank you to those that helped you and give yourself a pat on that bald head of yours for a job well done!

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Five fun ideas to help spice up your Bald for Bucks event!

There are a lot of different ways you can raise additional money at your Bald for Bucks event. There’s a chance not everyone in your school or organization will want to go bald, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help you reach your fundraising goal! Check out these ideas and tips to see how you can get everyone involved in helping Roswell Park find cancer cures!

Basket Raffles

Ask local shops and restaurants or even friends and family members to donate items to make baskets to raffle off. You can sell tickets throughout the event so spectators can browse the baskets and see which ones they’d like to win. Towards the end of the shaving, pick winners & have volunteers help give out the baskets.

50/50

A 50/50 Raffle is a fun and simple way to raise money during your event. Ask students or have a volunteer walk around and sell tickets to audience members. You can keep track of how much you’ve collected throughout the event and make announcements so everyone knows about the growing jackpot! When you’re nearing the end of the event, take the grand total of the money you’ve collected from selling the tickets and divide it in half. Pick a winner and he/she will receive half of the total while the other half will get added to your total funds raised!

Nail Polish Station

We understand that not everyone wants to shave their head, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help make a difference in the fight against cancer! A nail polish station is a great way to get girls involved who may not want to shave or donate their hair. You can have volunteers set up a table during the event and paint nails for a donation. You can decide if it’s a set amount or if any donation will work.

Coin Collection

Do you have a ton of change lying around your house that you’d like to get rid of??? Having a coin collection during your event is a different way to gather extra funds to go towards your grand total. Grab a bucket and pass it around during your event so viewers can toss in their spare change. You can make an announcement about this before your event so people know to bring in their nickels and dimes.

Bake Sale

Who doesn’t love a little snacking with their shaving? Offering something sweet is another great way to make extra money at your event. Ask parents or teachers to make some baked goods that you can sell during the event! Some schools have even done popcorn sales during their Bald for Bucks events and it’s added over $1,000 to their grand total!

As you can see, there are tons of different ways you can make your event interactive & help you raise more money. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and add a unique twist to your event and help us as we snip, clip & shave our way to cancer cures!

How to Use Facebook to Fundraise

 

Post on your personal page

Share with your friends and family what you’re doing by posting about it on your Facebook page. Letting everyone know what you’re doing is a great and easy way to spread the word. You can post about why you’re Goin’ Bald for Bucks and add before pictures so everyone sees your head of hair before the shaving. You can even link your fundraising page from your Dashboard page at www.baldforbucks.org!

Create an event on Facebook

Creating an event on Facebook is easy to do and you can invite friends and family to attend. This is a great way to keep everyone who is coming up to date with where, when and other details as the event gets closer. Add a before picture as the event’s photo and don’t forget to include your fundraising page to the event details so even those who can’t attend are able donate!

Share, share, share!

Sharing is such a great way to reach people on Facebook. Imagine if just 5 of your friends shared your post about Goin’ Bald for Bucks. You’d not only reach all of your friends, but also all of the 5 people’s friends who posted about it as well! Ask your friends and family to simple hit the share button on the bottom of your post so more people can see the amazing thing that you’re doing to find cancer cures! And remember, ‘sharing is caring’ so don’t forget to share posts from others that are Goin’ Bald for Bucks and share the fun photos and videos that the Bald for Bucks page posts too!

Be visual

In a recent study, researchers found that Facebook posts with images received up to 2.3 times more engagement than those without. Doing something as bold as shaving your head to honor cancer patients is no small feat. Make sure you show everyone your before and after shots so they can see your wonderful transformation! Your fundraising page will still be available for donations after your event and sometimes showing off your new-do can inspire even more donations to come in!

Say thank you!

Use your Facebook page as an easy and effective way to say thank you to everyone who donated and supported your cause. You can tag friends & businesses to show your appreciation!

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Five things to remember when planning a Bald for Bucks event

 

Mrs. Dunn and Mrs. Gorczyca present Roswell Park with their donation from 2016!

Jennifer Dunn and Katherine Gorczyca have been planning the Bald for Bucks event at Forestville Elementary for the last six years. Their event is top notch, and always an exciting day for all of the kids that are involved. If you are looking to start your own event, or maybe improve an event at your school, you are in the right place! We asked Mrs. Dunn and Mrs. Gorczyca to tell us the five most important things to remember as you plan your event. Here is what they had to say:

 

  1. Get participants excited about the event, especially if you’ve never held one before. These are a few ideas that worked for us:
    1. Allow students to watch teachers/principal shave their heads.
    2. Have a coordinator or “cheerleader” advertise the event to all students, making it sound exciting.
    3. Discuss how it raises money and awareness for cancer research.  This is an easy way to make a connection because almost all students will have someone in their life that’s been affected by cancer.  If they are shaving for someone, find a way to share their story.
    4. Share with other faculty and send information home about the event to get everyone involved.
  2. Get parent permission for ALL students.
  3. Get the audience involved in the event.  It can be tedious for people to watch multiple students get their heads shaved.  Have upbeat music, encourage clapping, dancing, etc.
    1. We let each class pick out a song for our playlist and have them get up and dance when it plays!
  4. Be organized!  There is a lot of paper work and money so develop a system.
  5. Publicize the event.  Get the information out in the community through the use of flyers, newspaper articles, call local news channels, live stream the event, etc.