December 21, 2010

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The Year in Pictures

2010 has been an extraordinary year for PHA Special Events! More than 60 fundraising events were held in 21 different states, raising approximately $630,000 for PHA-supported research and a wide range of PHA community services — truly incredible! Thanks to all of you who made it possible. Take a look back at the collective effort of this past year in our special events online scrapbook. You may even recognize yourself among its pages! It’s never too late to submit pictures; send them to » Check it out 

Spotlight On...
    PHood PHight participants

Starting a PHood PHight Against PH: House Parties Pave the Way

Growing up, your teachers and parents likely forbade you to throw food at others, but who says you can’t have a little PHood PHight to put pulmonary hypertension in its place? » Read more

Pubcrawl participants

Pulmonary Pints Pubcrawl

On Nov. 13, 2010, the Second Annual Pulmonary Pints: Pubcrawl for PH took place in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, Md. The pubcrawl was planned by sisters Katy Hayes and Ashley Boehk, who were inspired by their mother, Kathy. » Read More

Planning Tools, Tips and Resources

Stu Berwick connecting online

New! Special Events Email Group

Planning a Special Event is fun, rewarding and meaningful, but it can also be challenging. You might need some support and encouragement along the way! That’s why, last week, we launched a Special Events email group especially for you, our event planning community. By connecting with one another online, we can answer one another’s questions, provide advice, share tips and suggestions... without having to reinvent the (fundraising) wheel! » Join our Special Events forum today!

    Denise Bradby

Special Events Mentorship Program 

If you’re new to planning events and want extra advice from a seasoned PHA volunteer planner who’s hosted a similar event, you’re in luck! PHA offers a mentorship program specifically for our special event organizers. » Learn more and meet a mentor 

    PHA staff members modeling the new shirts

New T-shirts are Here! 

PHA’s signature logo T-shirt has been re-designed with a special flair! Sporting a colorful flame on the back, the shirts are now available in men’s and women’s sizes in both white and black. The white shirts are provided free (up to 15) for event planners to hand out as the “official wardrobe” for their event volunteers. If you’re currently planning an event and would like to place your order, contact either or The shirts are also for sale. » Visit PHA’s online store to check them out


e-Learning Event on the Horizon 

Friday, Feb. 3, 3:00 p.m. ET
Mark your calendars! PHA’s Special Events team will host an e-learning event entitled Special Events 101: Planting the Seeds for a Successful Spring Fundraiser. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has taken a hiatus from event planning and wants to get back in the swing of things, or for first-time organizers who need some guidance on a plan of action. » Register now

    PHenomenal Hope for a Cure event planner Carol Lindstrom, left, and Betty Lou Wojciechowski, keynote speaker, right

Tip of the Issue: Silent Auctions

This “Tip of the Issue” comes from Carol Lindstrom, PH patient, support group leader and event planner from Bellevue, Neb. We asked Carol to share with us some of her strategies on conducting a fun and inviting silent auction. » Read more

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Upcoming Events

March 26, 2011
The Woodlands Crawfish Festival
The Woodlands, Texas

April 9, 2011
Walk 2 Cure PH Ellie Godina Memorial 5K Euclid, Ohio

April 9, 2011
(AZ) Spur a Cure for PH 2011
Phoenix, Ariz.

» Go to the Events Calendar


Determination in the Delta and Beyond
Watch Lil "Battle" Long triumphantly conquer the Mississippi River as she swam across it to spread PH awareness in an event she dubbed “The Long Battle for Nicky.”

Quick Poll Results

What has been most gratifying for you in planning a special event?

33.3% - Raising awareness for PH
33.3% - Raising funds to fight PH
33.3% - The overall feeling of making a difference

Stay tuned for another Quick Poll question in our next issue!

Don't Forget!

Ring in Spring with a Special Event

While most of us are bracing for winter, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to spring! Hosting a spring fundraiser is a great way to welcome the warm and sunny weather while encouraging better understanding of PH in your communities. For ideas on how to get started, check out one of our recent webinars that’s all about planning a spring fundraiser. Watch the video (presentation starts around the 16:30 mark), then sign up for our live e-Learning Event in February!

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