THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! 7th Annual Bowl-aThon was a huge success!

WE DID IT! Over the last few months, 310 stupendous bowlers surpassed all our expectations and raised more than $137,000 — which sets a new record for NYAAF and the National Network of Abortion Funds! We’d like to extend our most heartfelt THANKS to all of you who fundraised your hearts out these past weeks and brought all that awesome reproductive justice spirit to the NYAAF Bowl-a-thon on Sunday. We had a great time, and hope you did too!

In particular, we’d like to honor the RU 4-86ing Abortion Restrictions or What? for bringing the most impressive costume flair – what’s not to love about those Ruth Bader Ginsburg likenesses?

We’d also like to congratulate The Pills for being the top fundraising team, having brought in more than $17,000 in donations! Some lovely NYAAF canvas tote bags await them. Finally, we want to extend our warmest thanks to bowler and longtime NYAAF supporter Barbara Kass, who was the top individual fundraiser and who had the most unique donations for the 2016 Bowl-a-thon. We’re thrilled to award Barbara with 4 Super Vouchers to the American Museum of Natural History here in NYC.

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We look amazing! Despite lighting challenges!

Final Notes for Bowlers: 

  • Don’t forget to thank your donors!  We’d love their support in years to come, so send those thank you notes and emails!
  • The Bowl-a-thon site stays live through the end of April, so follow up with those stragglers who promised donations but didn’t get to it yet!
  • Treat yourself to something amazing for doing such great work for abortion access!
  • PIX! Do you have awesome photos of you and your team? We’d love to see your best Bowl-a-thon pictures — feel free to tag us on Instagram (@nyaafund),Twitter (@NYAAF), or Facebook (New York Abortion Access Fund), and use the hashtags #NYAAFbowl16 and #bowl16.
  • If you won a raffle prize but did not claim it on Sunday, please email nyaafbowlathon@gmail.com so we can get your prize to you!

We can’t thank you enough for being such FIERCE, FUN, and PHENOMENAL advocates for safe abortion access. We’re already looking forward to bowling with you again next year!

SPECIAL THANKS go to the volunteers on our Planning Committee: DoryJessicaJuliaMaureenSoniaNicoleMichelle, and Sara. Your hard work on this event was INDISPENSABLE. Thank you so much. 

Madly-Truly-Deeply Yours,

The NYAAF Board Of Directors

OMG, the Bowl-a-Thon is tomorrow! Here are the logistics for BOWLERS:

Hey hey, bowlers!! You might have noticed that we’re just $5,518 shy of our new fundraising goal of $130,000. We are floored at what you and your communities have been able to do to help NYAAF continue to serve those needing abortion services in New York. If each bowler raises just $20 more before tomorrow, we will reach our goal! Let’s do it, and then celebrate BIG on Sunday!

A few details for the event:

 

WHEN AND WHERE TO FIND US. As a reminder, the event is from 11 AM – 1:30 PM this SUNDAY, APRIL 10 at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, at Pier 60/23rd & W.Side Hwy, New York, NY 10011. This PDF map can help orient you to parking/pickup/dropoff areas nearby. The venue opens right at 11 AM, and we’ll be ready to check you in as soon as you arrive!

 

CANCELLATIONS OR NON-BOWLERS ON YOUR TEAM? So we can optimize your team’s lane assignment, please email us *ASAP*at nyaafbowlathon@gmail.com if you know that you or one of your registered teammates will not be attending the bowl-a-thon, or will not actually be bowling.

 

OFFLINE DONATIONS? WE’LL TAKE ’EM! Please bring any cash and checks you’ve received as part of your fundraising and we’ll get them processed — we’ll happily accept credit card donations onsite as well!

 

BRING BOWLING-READY SHOES. Since we are close to hitting capacity at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (way to go!), there’s a chance they may run a little short on bowling shoes. Just in case, we’d love it if you’re able to bring or wear shoes with light-colored rubber soles — especially if you know you’ll be arriving on the later side.

 

PRIZES PRIZES PRIZES!!! We’ve got lots of great raffle prizes waiting for you! You’ll get your raffle tickets when you check in, and you’ll then have until 12:30 PM to put your tickets in for drawing. The winner of each prize will be drawn separately, so you can allocate your tickets however you like for the items you really want. Be sure to check back at the raffle table after 1 PM to find out if you won!

 

NEED SOME MORE PRO-CHOICE SWAG IN YOUR LIFE? We’ll have some snazzy tees and tanks made especially for the 2016 Bowl-a-thon up for sale!

 

HASHTAG LIKE IT’S GOING OUT OF STYLE. Your amazing team names are serious indication that there’s going to be some incredible spirit coming at us on Sunday — we even have prizes for the team with the best costumes. We’ll be posting photos of all your awesome bowling flair, but we’d love to see your great shots, too! Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and feel free to use that #NYAAFbowl16 hashtag liberally.

 

QUESTIONS? As ever, feel free to email us at nyaafbowlathon@gmail.com, and check our Facebook event page for any essential day-of updates. Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

 

Yours,

The NYAAF 2016 Bowl-a-thon Committee

 

Get Ready to BOWL!

Join us for NYAAF’s 7th Annual Bowl-a-thon!

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
11AM – 1:30 PM
Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60)
23rd Street & West Side Highway, NY, NY

It’s time for the New York Abortion Access Fund’s annual Bowl-a-thon! Every April, abortion funds all over the country host bowling extravaganzas to raise money to protect abortion access for all who need it. Can we count on you to put on some bowling shoes and come out for abortion access?

Last year, NYAAF broke the state and national record and raised more than $125,000! That’s right — thanks to the stellar energy and fundraising efforts of our bowlers, and the generous support from donors near and far, we were once again the #1 abortion access Bowl-a-thon in the country!

We need your help to make the 2016 Bowl-a-thon even better!! This year’s Bowl-a-thon is on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60 // 234d Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY). In addition to bowling, there will be a raffle, prizes, food and drinks, and a spirit of collective action as we gather as a community committed to reproductive justice.

Get your friends, families, colleagues, or community groups together, form a team, and register to bowl with us! Got some extra team spirit? Register as a team captain! No team? No problem! Register as an individual and we’ll match you up with other awesome bowlers.

–> REGISTER HERE! <–

We can’t wait to fundraise and bowl with you! Support NYAAF and meet other reproductive rights and bowling enthusiasts as we strike down barriers to abortion access!

Many thanks,
The NYAAF Bowl-a-thon Planning Committee

Today is the day to bowl your heart out!

It’s the day we’ve been waiting for!

It’s finally here!

The NYAAF Bowl-a-thon is today, and we can’t wait to welcome you to Chelsea Piers!

This has been an amazing year, and with your incredible fundraising efforts, NYAAF has broken the New York and National Abortion Fund records!We have now exceeded our goal by over $15,000! After all this hard work, we can’t wait to celebrate with you and strike down barriers to abortion access!

Don’t forget:

  • Chelsea Piers, Pier 60 (near West 23rd Street and the West Side Highway)
  • Doors open at 1:15pm, and bowling begins at 1:30pm!
  • When you arrive, we’ll check you in, and give you a lane assignment and shoes. Be sure to know your team name in order to check in!
  • If you have any offline donations (i.e cash or checks) turn them in at check-in. (Remember, all checks must be made out to the New York Abortion Access Fund, not NYAAF!)

Have any last-minute questions? Check out the Bowl-a-thon page to find out everything you need to know!

We want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your efforts along the way. The Bowl-a-thon is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and the opportunity to make an incredible difference in the lives of people who, without this help, would not have access to critical medical services.

You’ve helped us make this year’s Bowl-a-thon the best one yet. We can’t wait to see you this afternoon!

Sincerely,

Heather and the Bowl-a-thon Team

Everything you need to know to bowl on Sunday!

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As we make one last fundraising push, we’re also getting ready to celebrate the amazing work you’ve all done on Sunday. Here are all of the logistical details:

  • The Bowl-a-thon is at Bowlmor Lanes at Chelsea Piers. It’s at Pier 60, near West 23rd Street and the West Side Highway. It may be a little tricky to find, so we’ll have volunteers out front.
  • Doors will open at 1:15, and bowling will begin at 1:30.
  • When you arrive, you’ll check in with volunteers, get your lane assignment and shoes. If you have any offline donations (i.e cash or checks) this is where you’ll turn those in. Remember, all checks must be made out to the New York Abortion Access Fund, not NYAAF.
  • Drink tickets will be available for $5. They’ll be sold at the registration table, and we’ll have volunteers circulating with them, as well.

Most importantly, we may have exceeded our $100K goal BUT every single dollar raised is still so important! Don’t miss this last chance to raise a few more dollars and make this year’s Bowl-a-thon our BEST ONE YET!

Can’t wait to see you Sunday!
Amanda and the Bowl-a-thon Team

P.S. Are you or someone on your team unable to join us on Sunday? No problem! Just send an email to alison@nyaaf.org and let us know, so we can make lane assignments.

Pro-tip: YOU are the secret to Bowl-a-thon success!

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Hi, Bowl-a-Thoners!

Want to know something weird about charitable giving? People are actually more likely to give money to a single individual, rather than an abstract group. Luckily, your donors aren’t only giving to an awesome cause. They’re also giving to an awesome individual: YOU. What’s a fun and easy way to remind them of this? Personalize your Bowl-a-Thon page! (It’s sort of like decorating your locker in junior high school, if you went to a junior high school where your locker unleashed magical powers to fund abortion in New York.)

Here are some starters to help inspire your page’s amazingness:

▪  Step 1: Get some inspiration from NNAF’s “Bowl-a-thon Page of the Week” blog series (last week’s winner here!) or by simply clicking around the Bowl-a-thon homepage and perusing the pages of other teams/bowlers.

▪  Step 2: Find some imagery and text to use on your page! Some examples:

▪  A selfie of you with a sign saying why you support abortion funds (check out Lauren Rankin’s “I Fund Abortions” Tumblr for examples!)
▪  A series of animated GIFs telling a compelling AND hilarious story (may we suggest giphy.com as a good GIF search engine?)
▪  Custom memes via memegenerator.net
▪  Photos of you and your teammates making funny faces
▪  Personal stories about why you support NYAAF, abortion funding, or bowling.

▪  Step 3: Put it all together! Simply log in to the Bowl-a-thon site, select Edit Your Page from the menu on the left, and then select Customize Your Page. Here, you can post your memes and GIFs, manage your photos, change your fundraising goals, and edit your mission statement.

▪  If you need more help, you can contact the NNAF here, or just send us an e-mail directly. We’re happy to answer your questions, provide inspiration, and help you make your page the best ever!

▪  Step 4: Collaborate! Once you have your page ready to go, you can do other cool stuff, like…..

▪  Nominate your page (or your friend’s page, or your mom’s page) for NNAF’s Page of the Week
▪  Encourage others by commenting on the pages that you love
▪  Re-post your page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the community board at your coffee shop, your dog’s forehead, etc.

Again, the most important thing is to make your page a reflection of YOU. Many of the pledges that you’ll receive will be from those who already know and love you, but who may not know why you care so deeply about this work. Let your page be your opportunity to tell them.

As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions. Happy funding!

Many thanks,
Julia Jones and the NYAAF Team

 

Our Top 3 Bowl-a-thon Fundraising Tips!

Hey There, Bowlers! We know what you’re thinking – you’ve set up your team, you’ve got a fun team name, and you’re raising money – but you’re wondering what else you can do to surpass your goal. Well, we’ve got you covered with some great fundraising tips, and our Top Three Ways to Raise!

First things first, make sure you’ve snazzed up your page! Your donors aren’t only giving to an awesome cause. They’re also giving to an awesome individual: YOU. What’s a fun and easy way to remind them of this? Personalize your Bowl-a-Thon page with touching stories, selfies, memes, GIFs and more!

You’ll also want to make sure that you take a look at our list of great fundraising tips! From your first point of contact right down to the thank yous for all those donations, our guide has everything from the best way to reach out to getting into a fundraising rhythm. Check out our step-by-step on ‘How to be an Awesome Bowl-a-thon Fundraiser’!

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Top Three Ways to Raise!

  1. Organize an event! The possibilities are endless! Have a bar night, throw a house party, have a bake sale, or even host a stoop sale (weather permitting!). Think you have what it takes to organize a successful fundraising event, but need a little help connecting with the right folks to make it happen? Great! Send us an email to info[at]nyaaf[dot]org (subject line: “Events”) with your idea, and we’ll get in touch to help.
  2. Offer perks/rewards for donations! No time to throw an event? Consider offering perks à la Kickstarter for donations! Have a large social media following? Consider posting a tweet or blog publicizing your donors’ project! Have stellar cooking or baking skills? Make a meal or treat for select donors! The possibilities are endless and everyone has something awesome to offer.
  3. Use your talents! Are you a musician or an artist? Do you have amazing cooking/writing/social media/organizing/styling skills? Consider using your particular talents to offer your donors a free song, piece of art, consultation, or workshop. It’s a way to show your passion while incentivizing potential donors, all while having fun!

NOTE: Don’t forget to log your cash donations on your Bowl-a-thon page! Make sure that any checks are made out to ‘New York Abortion Access Fund’, instead of NYAAF. We want you and your team to get credit for all your hard work!

As we get ever-closer to the best Bowl-a-thon EVER, we want to thank you for being awesome Bowl-a-thoners! As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions.

Happy funding!

Heather and Julia
NYAAF Bowl-a-thon Planning Committee

Let’s BOWL!

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Hello amazing supporters! The NYAAF Bowl-a-Thon Fundraiser is back and better than ever!

Whether you want to help a great cause, support an existing team, or you’re eager to show off those bowling skills, find out more about the Bowl-a-thon here.

The Bowl-a-thon is what allows NYAAF to continue our vital work. It’s the event that keeps NYAAF’s services available to those who need it most. That’s why we need your help!

This year, we’re aiming to break Bowl-a-thon records & raise an amazing $100,000! Will you help us achieve that goal?

We’ve compiled this handy list of FAQs, but if you have additional questions feel free to reach out to us, so we can get you bowling! Click the jump to read more.

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Join us for NYAAF’s 6th Annual Bowl-a-thon!

Sunday, April 26, 2015
1:30 – 4:00 PM
Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60)
23rd Street & West Side Highway, NY, NY

unnamed-2At last year’s Bowl-a-thon, we raised more than $80,000. Thanks to the support of more than 240 New Yorkers, we were the #1 abortion access Bowl-a-thon in the country!

We need your help in making the 2015 Bowl-a-thon an even bigger success! This year’s Bowl-a-thon is on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, Pier 60/23rd & West Side Hwy, New York, NY.

We’ve set the bar high this year, and our goal for the 2015 bowl-a-thon is $100,000! We need you, your best friend, your great-Aunt, and the person next to you at the office to join in! This year, each individual bowler will need to raise a minimum of $100. We promise: you can do it! We will provide tons of support, tips, fundraising ideas, and motivating emails to help you get there. We can do this together!

Interested in bowling but don’t have a full team? We welcome individual bowlers and small teams. Contact Sarah Rosenthal at Sarah.Bowl@nyaaf.org to get connected or partnered with other bowlers.

We can’t wait to fundraise and bowl with you! Support NYAAF and meet other reproductive rights and bowling enthusiasts as we strike down barriers to abortion access!

Help us make NYAAF’s 2015 Bowl-a-thon a success:

  • Register your team on the NYAAF Bowl-a-thon page. Can’t attend? Then consider donating to support an existing team or individual.
  • Tweet to let your friends know that you’re excited for this year’s Bowl-a-thon by clicking here or using #NYAAFbowl15!
  • Spread the word! Share the link to NYAAF’s Bowl-a-thon page (http://bowlathon.blueskysweet.com/fundpage.asp?BranchID=97)!

Many thanks,
The NYAAF Bowl-a-thon Planning Committee

This Bowl-a-thon is gonna rule. (Seriously.)

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Hello, bowlers! See that picture up there? That’s the sweet venue where the Bowl-a-thon is taking place in less than 3 weeks! Food, drinks, bowling, abortion funding… what more could you want?

On a more serious note, we put a lot of effort into making sure this year’s Bowl-a-thon is the BEST ONE YET… and thus we present some important things you should know:

  • PRIZES!!! Yes, indeed. We have some awesome prizes in store for 3 categories: Top Fundraising Team, Rookie of the Year, and Best Costumes. People go all out for the Bowl-a-thon & we want to honor your efforts. Plus, we want to see who can top last year’s robot squad team ensemble (ABORITON 3000 activate!)
  • NEW VENUE!!! We booked this new Bowlmor location specifically because it’s all on one floor and therefore more conducive to socializing and generally having a great time! At its core, the Bowl-a-thon is a celebration and we want that to come across. The Bowl-a-thon is also longer than it has been in past years because what’s the fun in rushing to bowl? We’re here to enjoy ourselves!
  • SPEAKING OF FUN!!! What’s more fun that having some drinks & eating food? Not much (besides bowling) and there will be plenty of all of that at the Bowl-a-thon! Also, for the first time ever, we’ve booked a DJ to provide some sweet tunes while you bowl. We heavily encourage you to get your dance on, but be careful – those bowling shoes can be slippery!
  • WE’RE KICKING BUTT!!! That’s right. Not only are we OUTPACING last year’s fundraising but we are WAY ahead as far as number of bowlers registered! This says a couple things to us: people are recognizing the importance of supporting abortion funds and they’re willing to do what they can to help – and we couldn’t be happier about that. As we shared with you, we are pledging more than ever before and it is fundraising events like the Bowl-a-thon that make our work possible. Thank you!
Bowling in NYC is freakin’ expensive! Because of our bigger, better venue, we’re spending a bit more this year. Each bowler costs us $50 (vs. last year’s $40). So please try to raise more than $50 so we don’t lose money! :)
Huge congrats to Jenna J. of team “Spare Me!” Jenna’s fundraising efforts last week won her a $100 credit + private shopping party at Bhoomki, a fabulous boutique in Brooklyn that specializes in environmentally & socially responsible brands! Awesome job, Jenna!
Be the best bowler you can be! If you’ve hit your fundraising goal, raise it! If you’ve been meaning to ask that one friend for a donation, go for it! If you know someone who needs to register, remind them to! We have only 20 registration spots left! Let’s do this!