Largest Fundraising Events in The US
Across the United States there are enormous fundraising events that happen every year. These events raise an impressive amount of money in one day. The events help raise money for a variety of different causes. This article will touch upon the most successful fundraising events in the US.
The Pan-Mass Challenge is a bike-a-thon that rides through forty two towns in Massachusetts. The event brings in around 6,200 cyclists from around the country to participate in various routes. The challenge provides one and two-day biking routes. Experienced bikers and beginners alike participate in this event. All proceeds from the challenge go directly to cancer research. Last year, the Pan-Mass Challenge raised over 51 million dollars for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute making it the largest athletic event fundraiser in the United States.
Pelotonia is another bike-a-thon in New Albany, Ohio. The movement was founded in 2008 in a stride to fund cancer research and preventative treatment. “Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.” Pelotonia ranks right underneath The Pan-Mass Challenge in size and amount raised. The ride takes place in early August. Pelotonia offers a variety of courses for people to take. The courses range from 180 miles to 25.
Bike MS is an organization raising money to fight multiple sclerosis. Bike MS holds events almost all year around the country for people to participate in. With events going on for more than half of the year Bike MS is able to raise a significant amount of money. The courses include up to 150 miles of biking. Bike MS prides themselves on the number of people who participate throughout the year. Bike MS encourages people to come out to their events even if they cannot participate in the race. Bike MS encourages camaraderie and family to all who are involved.
THON is the most impactful student-run fundraiser in the country. THON raises money for pediatric cancer and hosts an event on Penn State’s campus every year. THON was created in 1973 by former IFC president Bill Lear. Since then the numbers of student participants and money raised has been increasing. In 2017 THON raised over ten million dollars for pediatric care and research. The event is held one weekend out of the year and includes many different activities. Dancing is the main activity for the event bu has added a 5K run, games, and raffles to their arsenal.