LA SCCC Special Event Ideas:
Director/Manager Auction: Get your executive staff to donate one hour to your campaign. Auction off each executive to the highest bidding employee with proceeds to benefit your LA SCCC campaign. The executive then must take over the employee's job for the appointed hour.
Lunch Box Auction: Employees supply lunches to be auctioned. Encourage management participation. Display lunches. Give prizes for the most creative, nutritional, elegant, and humorous lunch. Tie in a speaker from a LA SCCC charity.
Leaders Lunch: Have your top management serve and bus tables at a luncheon. Sell tickets!
Casual Days: Sell casual day badges allowing employees to dress casually on certain days. Employees purchase badges for $5 each. Designate certain casual days as "crazy days" and encourage your employees to show their wild side, i.e., Silly Hat Day, Outrageous Socks Day, Sports Team Day, or Dress Up Day.
Baby/Pet Picture Match Game: Invite employees to try their luck matching baby and/or pet pictures of
management. Award the entry with the most right answers a paid holiday off or some other fun incentive. Charge employees $5 per ballot.
Car Wash: Employees donate $10 (or other amount) to have their car washed at high noon by their "boss." Charge extra for photos.
Balloon-o-gram: Sell balloons to employees to give to their co workers. Employees can purchase the balloon, include a brief note, and have it sent to their colleague. Employees get affirmation and your office gets decorated with colorful balloons.
Raffles: Gift certificates, parking spaces, clothing/mugs with your organization's logo, etc. The sky is the limit!
Beach Blanket Bingo: Decorate a conference room with beach items: beach balls, blow up rafts, fake palm trees, etc. Establish a dress code, no office attire allowed. Serve hot dogs, fruit, sandwiches and drinks. Award best outfit, play bingo!
Company Comedy: Have employees bring in their favorite jokes. Combine all the jokes into one volume. Sell the books at a comedy-themed lunch hour.
Don't Know Much About History: Employees come to work dressed in clothing from their favorite eras.
Employees decorate offices/cubicles according to the era selected.
Funniest Home Videos: Encourage employees to bring in their funniest videos, or to create new ones. Allot a time for showing videos. Establish a small entry fee. Funniest video wins grand prize of a donated DVD player.
Lights, Camera, Action!: Employees dress up as their favorite movie character or TV show personality. Best dressed wins and winner's favorite rerun or movie is shown during a kickoff lunch.
Office Olympics: Teams must be made throughout the office. Determine sign up fees. Teams will participate in events such as making paper airplanes to see whose flies the longest distance, dress for success relay, shooting crumpled paper into wastebaskets, department darts, etc. Encourage departments to enroll staff. Hold finals in the main lobby for all to see. Awards/prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Shhh! Silent Auction: Have staff bid silently on items such as VIP parking spots, casual days, etc. Money raised goes to campaign.
Sports Shorts: Organize a softball, basketball, touch football, or a bowling tournament. Staff will socialize outside of work, creating stronger bonds! Assign teams to pay to play!
Survivor: Create tribes to compete against one another, each containing one member from upper management. Hold physical and mental challenges each day where tribes compete for prizes such as an extra 30 minutes on lunch, tickets to shows, etc. Challenges can include office mini putt game, puzzles, quizzes, and
Tailgate Party: Have a Monday night tailgate during football season. Each employee pays $10.00 to attend. When work lets out, gather everyone together and serve hot dogs, wings, chips, and beverages. Rent a big screen TV, and watch the game as a team while enjoying great food.
Walk A Mile in My Shoes: Ask staff to come to work in their craziest pair of shoes prepared to have a wild and crazy lunch. Serve items such as FOOT-long subs, CORN chips, and SHOESTRING french fries. Play Blue Suede Shoes, Kicking You Out, Footloose, and Boots Were Made for Walking. Charge each employee for lunch with all proceeds going towards your LA SCCC campaign.
"Who Knows the Nose" Contest: Have employees take pictures of their noses. Hang the pictures on a
wall. For a small fee ($1.00) employees can guess the nose "owners." Employee guessing the most correct noses in the shortest amount of time is the winner. Winner takes half the pot.
Have Breakfast on Us: Contributors to the campaign are honored at a "Have Breakfast on Us" affair. Senior management and supervisors wear cook's clothing to fry eggs, flip flapjacks and tend to the other serving chores for breakfast "on the house".
A piece of the tie: One campaign coordinator wears the same tie during the campaign week. Each time an employee turns in a pledge card the employee cuts off a piece of the tie. Not only is it great fun for the employees, but it is a great conversation piece that motivates employees to turn in their pledge cards.
Heavyweights: Guess the combined height and weight of the “Heavyweights” (management). Entry fee per guess with prizes for winners.
"Show Your Spirit Day": One day during the campaign encourage employees to share their spirit by digging into their closets and pulling out their letter jackets, team jerseys, and old uniforms. They could also wear their children's jackets and jerseys. On that same day have your LA SCCC meetings, a potluck, or some sort of special event allowing the employees to interact and share.
Mascot Contest: Start the LA SCCC campaign with great energy and enthusiasm by having a mascot contest. Departments or individuals can design a mascot that will be used at your company all through the campaign. Mascots can be on paper, three dimensional or even life-size! Offer prize to the designer(s) of the chosen
Penny Wars: Each department is given a jar, or some other container. The object is to have the most money in your jar. Pennies are added to the total and silver coins, the nickels, dimes and quarters are subtracted from the total. One department can sabotage other departments by putting their silver into their jars. A department will retaliate by putting more pennies in their jar and putting silver in the other department's jars. This will go on throughout a designated number of days. The jars should be kept in a central location where they can be monitored by a neutral party, most likely the campaign coordinator. At the end of the designated time - the neutral party will total the jars and the department with the highest total receives a prize or incentive.
Card /Board Game Tournament: This event can take place during lunch breaks and can consist of a number of board and/or card games to be played. Set an entry fee and acquire prizes for this event. You can make the event more interesting by introducing teams and/or interdepartmental competitions.
Chicken Wing Eating Contest: For an event like this, there are usually anywhere from 4-7 teams, consisting of one male and one female. Each team is responsible for raising pledges for their team, either per wing or a flat rate. You will likely have to find an out of office venue for this event. There may be an opportunity for your venue to sponsor the event.
E-mail Bingo: Bingo cards are available for purchase at any bingo supply store and other party planning businesses, or make your own! Assemble prizes that are of interest to your coworkers- sports or special event tickets, underground parking for 1 month, etc. Send out an e-mail announcing the event and inform your co-workers how and where to purchase cards. Start the game by posting 1 number per day via email. If the game is short or there are more prizes, play again! Play straight line, two lines, X across the
card, and/or full card to make it more interesting.
Pirates of the Caribbean: For those who don’t want to grow up like Peter Pan, this event will be a lot of fun. Decorate meeting room or lunchroom with cut out palm trees, starfish, waves, etc. Bring in shells and fishnets to add to the decor. Bring in a chest with a key that will be your treasure chest, fill it with secret prizes. Otherwise make a treasure chest out of a large cardboard box with gold and silver foil pasted on the outside. Employees purchase a key (either real or cut-out cardboard keys) from a volunteer dressed in a pirate costume. Cutout keys are numbered and the winner of the treasure chest is determined by a drawing. Real keys are tried in the lock, the winner being the person with the actual chest key. Make a treasure map and mount it on the wall. The display shows the progress toward campaign goal with a pirate ship crossing an ocean, in search of desert islands, with an “X” to mark the spot (goal).
Tricycle Races: Create teams each with three to four riders. Teams are named and publicized in advance, allowing employees to make pledges or bets on the winning team. Team members ride large tricycles (rent or arrange to borrow from a cooperating store) through a predetermined course through the office. Possibilities include: through hallways, lunch/break rooms, around cubicles, chairs, and in and out of offices. Have course marked with signs or tape on the floor. Fans are at different areas around the office. The race is designed as a relay. Team members may pass off a flag, pinwheel, teddy bear or similar item to their succeeding team member. Remember to take pictures for the company bulletin board or newsletter!
Idea: Use completed pledge forms as entrance fees into events or prize drawings!
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