Independent Events

Steps to Organizing a Successful Event


First, decide what type of event you want to host. Here are some ideas. Next, work on the location, budget, goal, scope, date and any supplies you might need for the event.

Sign Up.

Contact our Independent Events Coordinator via email at or by phone at 203.652.0215. Once you have signed up for your event, we will contact you with approval within one week. Upon approval of your event, we will send you our logo to be used for invitations or other communications, a tax letter stating you are an official MMRF fundraiser and that proceeds from your event will be sent to our foundation, as well as a one page information sheet on the MMRF to be used at your discretion.

Build a Team.

Get in touch with some family and friends; ask for their help in making your event a success.

Set a Budget.

Determine your fundraising goal for this event. Establish expenses for the event and look for possible donations and sources of income. Click here to download a sample budget sheet.

Set a Timeline.

Put together a timeline from now until the day you send in your donation. This will help you to keep important tasks organized and ensure that your event planning stays on the track to success.

Spread the Word!

Invite everyone! Do not leave anyone out; you would be amazed how many people want to contribute. We can help you by adding your event to our Facebook page.


Host your event, have fun and enjoy knowing that you and your community are making a difference!

Collect and Send.

Within 60 days after your event, gather your proceeds and deliver or send a check to the MMRF at:

Attn: Independent Events
383 Main Ave
5th Floor
Norwalk, CT 06851

Thank your donors.

Send a thank you note or e-mail to your donors and participants for contributing to a good cause and helping advance a cure. See a sample "thank you" letter here.

Plan for next year!

Use everything you learned planning this event to make it an even bigger success next year!