Rich Wingate has captained the “Win With Wingate” Muscle Walk Team for the past two years. He has been a top fundraiser both times, and has been successful in reaching his goals by using a combination of the online Muscle Walk website, and a letter he sends out to family and friends that showcases his team spirit and passion for fighting back against neuromuscular disease.
“My disorder is ‘MG” (Myasthenia Gravis) Rich writes in his letter. “It used to be fatal, but now I and other patients have help!” In the letter, He also describes a visit to the MDA summer camp at Gretna Glen: “We saw the joy of those handicapped and wheel-chair-bound kids! It made us vow that part of our April, 2015 Muscle Walk would help to support the MDA Camps for the coming summer! You can join us in making this happen!”
His letter also challenges potential donors with specific fundraising levels, from $13 (one dollar for every muscle it takes to smile) to $146 (a dollar for every muscle it takes to plant a kiss one someone’s cheek), while emphasizing that gifts of every size are welcome and needed.
Rich then gives donors instructions for making online donations, and also includes a pre-addressed envelope for people to use to send a check.
What are other creative ways teams are raising money in the closing weeks before the walk?
Could Rich’s letter idea work for you? Even donations that come in after April 18th can be credited to the 2015 Hershey Muscle Walk!