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Special Event Planning Guidebook

This section will help you with Event Planning from A to Z. By following these steps you’ll find that planning special events is fun and rewarding. And while they take some time and effort, PHA will support you from start to finish.

Guidebook Contents

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Choose a Date, Time and Location

Create a Planning Timeline

Event Fundraising

How Volunteers Contribute to Event Success

Publicize Your Event: Online, Offline and through the Media

Want to learn more about special events planning from your peers? PHA offers a mentorship program tailored to your needs! We can help you connect with another event planner who can offer tips and advice based on their past experiences. Contact us at


Apply for the Central Fund

The Central Fund assists special event organizers in securing sponsorship for PHA-recognized special events. The Fund acts as one of many possibilities for event sponsorship.

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Eventful Times Newsletter

Are you planning or interested in planning a PHA Special Event? Sign up to receive Event-ful Times, our quarterly e-newsletter!

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Rich Vandiver Read suggestions from PH Support Group Leader Rich Vandiver on making your next event a great success!

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Special Events Forum

Connect with our nationwide network of volunteer special events organizers. PHA's Special Events Forum is an email group for sharing and receiving planning tips, advice and encouragement!

Join PHA's Special Events Forum (Requires a free Google account. Please allow a short delay while your group membership is processed.)

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