As long as I can remember my company, ddm marketing & communications has participated in the annual March for Babies in April. Though our ddmers were rising in numbers, our participation largely remained flat (boo… boo…). Three years ago a few of us took a stand, established the MOD SQUAD
and brought the baby competition into the office. Our “season” begins in March and generally runs through the end of April, culminating at the March for Babies event, on April 26.
We devised various activities through a creative brainstorm that has since fueled fierce competition, trash talk and a nice amount of funds raised. Some events were a success others felt like a failure (lottery for babies, not so much, beer and wings for babies, nope…), but each year we review and consider what will be worthy of our inner-office competitors.
So how is this done? Glad you asked, let’s review shall we?
We have three partners at ddm: Mark, Mike and newbie Jordan. Jordan’s introduction to his rookie year (MOD 2013) as team captain was done through a pie-throwing contest, which had gone horribly wrong. (see photo). But now he’s a leader and even in his rookie year his team took top honors (we are still reviewing the numbers.)
As each year passes we learn from our mistakes, 2013, too many events, too quickly. People were overwhelmed. This year, MOD 2014, brings in a level of familiarity with three mainstay events and a new toss up.
1. Potluck Cookoff – March 28
(more on this in my next post)
2. Silent Auction for Babies – April 18
(babies are not being auctioned, non-ddmers are encouraged to participate, online bidding will be available.)
3. March for Babies – April 26
(help me become the ultimate overachiever. Or just come and join us!)
4. NEW to us… Bowling for Babies – Early May
(we will not use babies to bowl.)
Our process is simple, if you are a ddmer you are automatically assigned under one of the three teams, blue, gray, or purple. Your donations, tips, personal fundraising count toward your team’s total.
The team with the highest total will be hailed victorious and the losing teams will have to take the ultimate trash talking.
Through various means of fundraising, both inner-office and personal, ddm has raised between $4,000 – $7,500 each year. We are pleased with the results and hope that each year our fellow ddmers will embrace this tradition of saving babies through fierce competition. Check back with me to see how our events roll out and what results they yield.
To learn more about how the March of Dimes is helping your community and its families in need, please visit their website for additional information.