Organise a ball, dinner or dance

Find out how you can organise a ball, dinner or dance for a glamorous way to raise vital funds to help us beat cystic fibrosis (CF) for good!

Balls, dinners and dances are a great way to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis, raise vital funds and have loads of fun with family and friends. We've put together some useful tips to help you organise your big night!

Take a look at our top tips

How to organise a ball

1. Planning

Balls take between six and 12 months of planning and careful financial management, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get everything done.

2. Save the date

Avoid bank holidays and national and local events like football matches and other sporting events. The earlier you book the easier it will be to negotiate discounted venue hire or a catering/drinks package!

3. Get support

Ask your Community Fundraiser for a 'letter of authority' so that you can raise money for the Trust at your event. Ask local companies to sponsor your event - you can feature them on your programmes or tickets, and ask for prizes and sponsorship in return!

4. Choose a theme

There are loads of themes to choose from, like a 'masquerade ball', 'Hollywood' or 'Under the sea' If you choose a theme, use it to inspire the food and entertainment. Don't forget to book your DJ, music or other entertainment in advance.

5. Speeches

Auctions and raffles should be preceded by a short speech, tactfully reminding people why the Cystic Fibrosis Trust is such an important cause, and why they should dig deep!

How to organise a ball

6. Marketing your event

Market your event by sending out a 'save the date' note early and asking friends and family to sell tickets/tables for you. You can also advertise your event on your local community notice boards or in local newspapers. And don't forget to set up a Facebook event page.

7. Volunteers

You’ll need plenty of on-the-night volunteers who aren’t afraid to pitch in - remind them what an important cause they're supporting!

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For event and fundraising enquiries, please call 020 3795 2176 or email [email protected].

Photographing your event

Brighten up your Just Giving and Facebook pages with images that show your hard work! We've put together some great tips for photographing your events.

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