Psi Chi’s Austin Peay State University Chapter recently raised $2,200 by hosting a Veteran’s Day CrossFit competition called the Got Your Six Showdown! As you will learn in a recent magazine article about the event, it was a tremendous success with more than 150 people becoming involved. This includes numerous local vendors and veterans, each of whom gathered together for the event in a gymnasium space that was donated specifically for this occasion.
In today’s blog article, we asked the chapter’s president, Roxanne Hallisey, to tell us about how her chapter was able accomplish so much and to provide us with some sample materials that other chapters could customize to promote their own upcoming service and educational events.
Roxanne says, “We approached more than 40 area businesses, in person, to hang flyers, and that has been a great success! Talking about the event face-to-face allows them to see our excitement, which has led to some awesome connections. We asked sponsors, vendors, and chapter members to use our hashtag, #PsiChisGotYourSix when posting to social media and it created quite the buzz! Also, we featured each sponsor or vendor involved on our Facebook event page at consistent intervals. This kept the momentum going, and the groups involved got a chance to be recognized for their support. Below, are some sample materials that we used to promote the event.”
Sample Information Blurbs
Join us at Got Your Six Throwdown, a Veteran’s Day CrossFit Fundraiser, to benefit Warrior Expeditions and Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology at APSU, November 10, 2018, from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. at Always Strong Fitness! We’ll be there to help raise awareness for veteran’s mental health during the competition alongside local DJs, Food Trucks, Vendors, and Veteran Services. We hope to see you there! #PsiChisGotYourSix
Psi Chi Honor Society Chapter at APSU is hosting the Got Your Six Throwdown, a Veteran’s Day CrossFit Fundraiser, this November 10 from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. at Always Strong Fitness. Join us on the competition floor as we raise awareness for veteran’s mental health. All proceeds will benefit Warrior Expeditions and the Psi Chi chapter at APSU. It’s going to be a day of fun with local DJs, food truck, vendors, and veteran services! We hope you’ll join us in letting veterans know #PsiChisGotYourSix
Sample Email to Sponsors
A recent 2015 study showed that almost 1.15 million veterans have at least one mental health diagnosis (Trivedi et al., 2015). Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology at APSU, along with our supporters, wants our local veteran community to know we "Got Your Six" by providing a fun event, as well as resources. We want to give our local community a chance to show their support to veterans in the area!
Got Your Six Throwdown is unique! Every facet of this event: Psi Chi & Psychology Club of Austin Peay State University members, Always Strong Fitness, Home of CrossFit Clarksville, Warrior Expeditions, Willow Tree Counseling, LLC, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone, Brotherz From Another Mother, Natural Selection Meal Preps, event judges, and athletes support veterans or are operated by a veteran, military, or military family member. The strength of this community is apparent, and we are overjoyed to help bring awareness and fundraise for this exciting event!
Sample Email to Sponsors
Subject: Got Your Six, Psi Chi APSU Fundraiser Goes LIVE!
This morning Wednesday September 12, the Got Your Six Throwdown, a Veteran's Day CrossFit Fundraiser benefitting Warrior Expeditions and Psi Chi Honor Society at APSU is going LIVE on Facebook! Throughout the day, the school and local community will receive flyers to spread the word about this AMAZING event!
You are receiving this email because you are wonderful host, sponsor, vendor, swag bag donor, or volunteer! First, we want to say "thank you" for your generosity, time, and support of raising awareness of veteran’s mental health in our community. Our entire chapter is so excited to have you on board.
Second, we'd like to give you the opportunity to spread the word on your own social media accounts. You'll find attached the following documents:
1. Social Media Blurbs & Information Blurb
2. A Social Media Flyer
Please feel free to use these items to promote the event. If you are a brick and mortar business I will be around town tomorrow, and in contact, to drop off flyers to you ASAP.
To access the event on Facebook, please go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2084036784980265/
Or type in the Facebook search box "Got Your Six Veterans Day Throwdown." We encourage you to post regularly and invite your friends, family, and community to this event.
Don't forget to use our hashtag #PsiChisGotYourSix
If you have any questions or need our help in the meantime, please don't hesitate to reach out. Thank you again for all that you do. We are excited to see you on November 10!
Psi Chi President
Austin Peay State University