Commit to $100

 Ringing the bell at DM18 for raising $100

Ringing the bell at DM18 for raising $100

One of the most exciting days of our year starts at midnight. $100 day, a day devoted to giving UGA Miracle your absolute all by raising $100 (or more!) for our incredible cause in only 24 hours. For our organization, this day is hugely impactful for our final total as well as for our participating members. The energy in the air, constant inspiration and apparent dedication of our members make this day an absolutely incredible experience. On this day, we can move mountains. On this day, we can make miracles happen.

$100 day needs you. It needs your time, your effort and your commitment. UGA Miracle needs you to commit to $100.


How can you commit to $100 by meeting and exceeding your $100 day goal? Here are some quick and easy tips so you can attack the day FTK.

  1. Prepare your list of people you want to ask to donate ahead of time - this makes your life so much easier when you wake up on Thursday and do not have to think of who you can ask. Make different lists of who you want to text, email, or call!

  2. Write out your templates ahead of time - go ahead and write out templates for emails and texts, so that the morning of, all you have to do is change them up a little to make it more personal to the specific person you are addressing! Be sincere in your emails/texts by explaining your “why”. People love to know the reason behind why you are raising money for a cause. Take this opportunity to let your passion shine through and really showcase your love for miracle.

  3. Social media - Social media is crucial for reaching a wide audience of individuals you may not be super close with, but who could still be very interested in supporting our cause. Trust me, your mom’s roommate from college is a better resource than you think A great tip is to post in the morning explaining the challenge, and why it would mean so much to you to receive a donation. Post again in the afternoon with an update of how close you are to reaching your goal, because this always pushes donations to help you reach your goal!

  4. “If I raise $100, I will ____” - This almost always works, because everyone loves to see people do something crazy or give out a surprise. For example, ask your class to donate to you, and if 10 people donate, you will bring donuts to the next class. Post on social media that if you raise $100, you will wear a different full body costume to class for a week! You have to follow through with these, but they are a great way to motivate people to donate!

  5. Go to the hype room - there will be hype rooms in Tate 141 and 142 all day for everyone working toward their goals to be able to help and support each other along the way! If you are struggling, so are other people, and everyone that is in the room is ready to help! It also feels awesome when you receive a donation while in the hype rooms, because everyone will be so pumped for you!

Let’s get after it and commit to $100! Happy $100 day!


Zero Zeroes Day

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Today is UGA Miracle’s first big fundraising push: ZERO ZEROES DAY! What this means is that we want everyone’s donor drives to have some sort of number in it, whether that means you have $1 or $500. This officially begins fundraising for the year, and gets everyone into the groove of fundraising and asking people for money.

Going about Zero Zeroes day is easy. All you have to do is raise at least $1!

  • First things first, you have to do is make sure you are registered for dance marathon,

  • Personalize your donor drive, so that donors are more willing to donate because they’ll see your heart and passion for our organization.

  • The next step might take some getting out of your comfort zone, but you have to start somewhere: start asking for donations. Make a facebook post, post an instagram or on your instastory, make a snapchat stories, text a relative or family friend, etc. Explain what this day means, and why we are doing it, and what a donation to your donor drive would mean to you! Asking people always feel awkward, but people are willing to donate to a cause if you make the effort!

So GET PUMPED for the first big fundraising push and lets have ZERO zeroes on our donor drive!


Kickoff 2018 Recap

 Parker Grelecki with the UGA Dance Dawgs 

Parker Grelecki with the UGA Dance Dawgs 

On August 28th, UGA Miracle’s Kickoff marked the official start to miracle’s 24th year.  The doors to Tate Grand hall opened at 6 p.m. and people flooded in. The room was filled within minutes of eager freshmen and excited returners ready to begin their miracle year. An energetic performance by our very own dance dogs hyped up the crowd with UGA football chants and our executive board then introduced themselves with a quick introduction about what their committee does for miracle. The Grelecki family stole the show when they got on stage and told their story of what miracle has meant to them for almost 10 years. Their son, Parker, was being his normal self running around, hyping up the crowd while his dad was captivating the crowd with their story.

Parker was treated at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta when he was born, suffering from Hydrocephalus, a condition in which 98% of his skull was filled with fluid and only 2% was brain matter. Mr. Grelecki explained that while Parker is a happy, healthy and energetic young 9-year-old boy today, his condition was life-threatening and extremely dangerous, Parker would not be alive without the dedication of Children’s doctors and nurses. Mr. Grelecki went on to say that UGA Miracle has played a pivotaol role in Parker’s childhood and has had an incredible and lasting impact on their family. While Parker is currently healthy, his condition at birth has made it so that he develops at a different rate than children his own age. To other nine year olds, Parker is different. However, because of UGA Miracle, Parker doesn’t feel “different” he feels special. Every year, he gets to interact with college students who think he is the coolest guy in the room, who adore him and laugh at every single one of his crazy antics. UGA Miracle’s impact on Parker and their family will last for a lifetime. Mr. Grelecki went on to encourage every individual sitting in Tate Grand Hall to get involved, and stay involved, because not only is UGA Miracle raising money for an incredible hospital, but UGA Miracle literally saves lives.

 After the incredible Grelecki family left the stage, the entire room was presented with UGA Miracle’s year-long theme. It began with a hype video presenting numerous goals for this year... supporting our families, surpassing our fundraising goals, changing lives, sharing their stories...and so much more. In the end of the video, only two words remained: “WE WILL.”

Our theme for this year will not be a number goal, but instead “WE WILL,” as in we will do everything in our power to make this the best year possible for the families and for our school. This year is not about a fundraising number, but it is about the difference we want to make in the lives of our families, our campus and our hospital. WE WILL. 

10 Tips for a Successful Freshmen Year

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  1. Get involved- Finding your niche on campus is crucial to your experience, joining an organization (like miracle!!) surrounds you with people who have a common interest to you. It is a source of immediate friendships and a sense of belonging.

  2. Make new friends- Do not limit yourself to just your friends on your team, sorority, or dorm hall. Talk to the person beside you in every class, and you never know what kind of friendship will come out of it! Everyone is new to freshmen year, just like you, so do not be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone by meeting new people.

  3. Go to office hours- Teachers LOVE when students make the effort to come to their office. They take time out of their busy weeks, even though students rarely show up. They are so willing to help, and will definitely remember that you made the extra effort.

  4. Do not be afraid to eat alone in a dining hall- Everyone has to do it, so you just have to get over your fears of being alone. Sit with a stranger! Make a friend. Study. Read a book. Not only is this SO normal, but you may even enjoy your time and space alone!

  5. Remember to call your parents- They are just as scared as you! You do not know how much a quick phone call in between classes means to them. They need an update on your life every once and awhile. 

  6. Walk to class- The buses at UGA are so great, but walking to all of your classes will help you avoid the frightening freshman fifteen. Also, why not enjoy our beautiful campus?

  7. Study ahead of time- I'm going to tell you right now, all-nighters don't work. Preparing a couple days or weeks beforehand will greatly increase your grade and keep you sane. 

  8. READ- If your teachers assign readings, they mean it! It can be tedious, but it will turn what would have been a B into an A.

  9. Go to as many events as possible- Being a broke college student you have to monopolize on one thing: FREE FOOD!! Besides that benefit, you will love all of the people you will meet and experiences that come with it. Speaking of...New Kids on the Block is WEDNESDAY, August 15th!! Free food, puppies AND you get to meet and hang out with other freshmen. Good time guaranteed!

  10. Give back- Joining a philanthropic organization on campus will allow you to give your college career meaning and give back to something greater than yourself. Find a cause that you are passionate about, and spend your college days making a difference. For more information about what UGA Miracle does and how we give back to our hospital and community, check out ugamiracle.com. 

10 Ideas to Dominate Summer Fundraising

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Summertime: School's out, the sun is shining and students everywhere are enjoying mom's home-cooked (free!) meals once again. It can be easy to forget about the incredible organization called UGA® Miracle you were obsessed with only 4-months-ago. However, the summer is a great time to get a jump on fundraising and spreading the word that you are a part of Miracle. 

Here are 10 easy ways to keep your summer #ftk. 

  1. Find your whyBefore you do anything, take a minute to reflect. Ask yourself why you are in miracle, What this cause mean to you, and why do you want to bust your butt to raise money for kids you have never even met. Everyone's’ why is different. Your why will drive you through those difficult fundraising dry spells, fill you with passion and energy, and be your motivation to fundraise harder than ever before.
  2. Personalize your donor drive - Change the default photo to a fun, miracle-related photo of you, write your miracle story: how you got involved, your experience with dance marathon, and what the organization means to you. It is okay and, honestly, encouraged to be mushy here. This is where you convince people to fall in love with the organization you love so much, and then choose to support it.
  3. Social Media Posts - Facebook is a great first post, because of all the moms, extended family, aunts and uncles who are not really aunts and uncles- you can reach a myriad of humans who LOVE seeing your life updates.Get mushy, but do not make your post a 5 paragraph essay. Keep it short and sweet while conveying just how much this organization means to you (enough to start fundraising eight months early!). Re-post updates from Children’s and from UGA® Miracle to keep your followers updated on what is going on this summer. This will also remind your followers this organization is worth donating to, even when it isn’t the school year.
  4. E-mail, E-mail, E-mail - This tactic can be super effective! Send it to aunts and uncles, grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends, older cousins, professors, people who have always donated in the past, etc. This is where you can get personal and write more than you would in a Facebook post. Write about last year’s dance marathon, your goal for this year for fundraising, and your WHY. Make sure to have the link to your donor drive with some instructions (because grandparents can get confused). Be sure to send individual emails and personalize them to the recipient. You want your donors to know that you don’t just see them as a $$ check $$, and that you are reaching out to them because they are important to you.
  5. Letter Writing - Now this might seems super tedious, but it truly shows your motivation. Write a letter thanking past donors past donors for their donations last year. Explain to them where their money went last year, tell them how much we raised in total, include pictures of you at Dance Marathon and pictures of the miracle kids. Explain your new and improved goal for this year and your why, and give the link to your donor drive, or tell them where they can send a check.
  6. Garage Sale - This is one of the easiest ways to make money. Go through your closet or room to find things you no longer want (we all have so much stuff we could sell). You could either sell them to a store that buys them from you and donate the money to your donor drive, or you could have a little sale at your house! Advertise that the money is going towards a good cause. This is an easy way to get through your summer de-junk, and get some money in your donor drive!
  7. Canning - Take a little time out of your day and hit the streets (or the cubicles) to ask for some cash #ftk. Or, set up a can at your place of employment and see if anyone feels inclined to donate.
  8. Dress-Down Fridays - Ask your boss if your fellow employees can buy a dress-down pass for $5, and have that money go towards your donor drive. Advertise the purpose behind the dress down pass and hey, everyone loves wearing jeans to work! Double bonus!
  9. Percentage Night - Work with a local restaurant or store to setup a percentage night for your local neighborhood. Ask them to donate 10% of their profits from one night towards your donor drive and in exchange, get all your friends and family to attend and get them some business!
  10. Yard Work - It’s summer, it’s hot. The last thing anyone wants to do is work on keeping their lawn pristine. Volunteer to mow your neighbor’s lawns or plant their flowers in exchange for a donation to your donor drive! You’ll be surprised how many donations you can get from just small acts of service like these.

With these tips, your donor drive will be off that $0 well before we all get back to Athens. Happy Summer Fundraising and we can’t wait to see everyone back in August! 

Making Miracles with Marjory Stoneman Douglas Dance Marathon

 Photo taken from Dance Marathon at MSD Facebook page.

Photo taken from Dance Marathon at MSD Facebook page.

Dance Marathon has always been about making a difference. Making a difference in a community, making a difference in the lives of a family, making a difference in the life of a child. This past weekend, the children’s miracle network hospital nation watched as Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school banded together an entire community to make an incredible difference in the lives of thousands.
 
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, hundreds of students, alumni and faculty at MSD stood in honor of the kids who can’t. This inaugural event was a long time coming. Originally planned for February 21, 2018, the students had to postpone the event in the aftermath of the tragic shooting that occurred on February 14, 2018. That tragic day took the lives of 17 of their classmates and instilled within the survivors an incredible desire to make a difference in their community, nation and world. On Saturday, these incredible students did indeed make a difference. They surpassed their original goal of $12,000 by over $54,000 and at the end of their 5-hour dance marathon, these students and their community had raised over $66,000 for children being treated at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.
 
We at UGA Miracle are so incredibly inspired and proud of the students at MSD for their commitment, heart and passion for this cause. It was a truly amazing experience to watch the entirety of the CMNH band together to support MSD in its inaugural dance marathon. We are so happy to have been able to support them by sending sellable UGA Miracle merchandise as well as sending encouraging words and support. It was an honor to stand behind them and watch them achieve miracles. We cannot express how much this mini-marathon means to us and our CMNH community.
 
The students of MSD stood for so much more than just the kids. They stood for their 17 classmates who will never stand again, and for the hope that never again will any child have to fight for their life. This is why we have mini-marathons, this is why we spend countless hours fundraising and connecting with our miracle families. We do it to make a difference. We do it to change lives.

From UGA Miracle to MSD Dance Marathon, congratulations on an incredible and inspiring inaugural dance marathon. Your resilience, strength and passion motivate us to courageously pursue impossible goals, continually push past inconceivable obstacles and be confident in our ability to make an incredible difference. Thank you for the inspiration and thank you for making miracles.