Reach for the Stars: The 2014 Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards Winners
Lang Bender definitely kicked the once-staid event up a notch, attracting more than 400 attendees. According to Sharon Cohen, board director at PLWV, the tight time frame made the increased attendance even more noteworthy. Overall, the event created major awareness of the organization and cast it in a new light for those who already knew about it.
Lang Bender's enthusiastic approach and her dedication to making the most of an already established event show the kind of verve and vision that make for a fundraising pro.
"Taking a fresh look at opportunity, creating a new vision and having the grit to make it happen is the recipe for a rising star in the fundraising sector," Cohen says.
We agree and will look for this rising star to continue raising the bar at special events in 2014 and beyond.
LIVE IT AWARD
It's hard to deny the personal dedication of someone who's willing to do yoga for the cause. At 8 a.m. Dressed as a carrot.
But that's just a small part of Gregory Ng's commitment to eradicating hunger in North Carolina. Jen Newmeyer, digital media manager at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, describes Ng as "a local social-media celebrity with a very simple life motto: Enjoying life, fighting hunger and trying to be the best dad in the world."
"As a stellar social-media ambassador for the food bank, a regular volunteer and a personal campaign fundraiser for our organization, he is living up to his motto at a tremendous level," she says.
Two years ago, Ng approached the food bank with a unique fundraising idea: a 24-hour telethon that streams live from the organization's warehouse in Raleigh, N.C. With Ng as host, this unique fundraiser has become the social-media event of the year in the region. In 2013, it featured a food truck rodeo, a social-media mixer, midnight volunteering, a 2 a.m. dance event, a 4 a.m. barbecue and 8 a.m. yoga in vegetable costumes, as well as a dunk tank, demos and a tasty treat of cricket brittle from the local science museum.