Each month, we spotlight an inspiring story from someone in our Team DPF® community who is helping to improve the quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s by raising funds. Today we are happy to feature Jill Ater from Tacoma, Washington.
Which event did you participate in?
I hosted Pints for Parkinson’s at Odd Otter Brewery in Tacoma, Washington.
Why did you decide to join Team DPF?
I have benefitted so much from the Davis Phinney Foundation’s resources, especially from The Victory Summit® events and webinars. I want to continue to support the Foundation so others can have access to the same information and encouragement.
What’s been your best memory as part of Team DPF?
Most people who attended the event had no previous connection to Parkinson’s; so, when one young person said to me, “You’re not what I thought Parkinson’s was,” I was thrilled to be able to explain how I live well even though I have Parkinson’s.
What challenges did you have while fundraising?
I was under a bit of a time crunch because I wanted to have the event in April for Parkinson’s Awareness Month. That didn’t leave me with lot of time to plan. Also, Odd Otter Brewery isn’t a very big place, so I knew that would impact how much money I would be able to raise. But, as always, every dollar counts.
What are the most important actions you took that helped you reach your fundraising goal?
I made posters advertising the event that I put up around town. It helped, too, that we were featuring some great local music because people love coming out for that. I also asked people who couldn’t make the event to donate online to increase the impact.
What would you say to someone interested in joining Team DPF?
Every bit helps. Although we didn’t raise a huge amount, we built awareness and set the stage for future events. Plus, everyone had a great time. Fundraising doesn’t have to be some epic event. We all have pockets of influence in our communities that we can use to make an impact.
Do you have a Team DPF or fundraising story you’d like to share?
Your story, like Jill’s, could be featured on our blog and Facebook page so others can learn from your experiences. Submit Your Team DPF Moments of Victory® story now.
If you’re not yet part of Team DPF, but you’d like to join us in raising money to help people live well with Parkinson’s today, learn how to get started here.