Monday, October 13, 2008

Celiac Disease Awareness Month Activity

The following is an excerpt from the CSA's Awareness Month Packet about Fundraising ideas for the Month of October.
Raise awareness and funds at the same time! Here are some ideas to get started:

• Entertain your friends with a gluten-free meal, morning coffee, or a wine and cheese evening etc. Ask for donations in support of the CSA chapter or the CSA Research Grant Program.

• Propose a “hat or cap day” at school – charging everyone a fee (dollar) to wear a cap or hat for a day, with proceeds going to celiac disease research or a CSAcamp scholarship.
• Have a penny campaign to assist in celiac disease research. Place collection canisters throughout the community.

• Bake gluten-free goodies and ask for donations in the office. Distribute CSA awareness brochures in the coffee lounge.
• Do a blind tasting test – which cake tastes the best and see if the gluten-free ones win. Charge a donation for the privilege!

• Arrange a meal at a local celiac-friendly restaurant.
• Get fit and help raise money too! Organize a sponsored walk or bike ride. Check with your local police and city government for local regulations, etc.
Don’t forget to contact the local newspaper, radio, TV, and cable channels about your fundraising efforts!

Any money raised for Celiac Sprue Association national projects should be sent as a check made payable to Celiac Sprue Association and will be distributed in accordance with IRS regulations and the donor’s preferences.

Request the manual, “CSA’s Fundraising for Success”, from the CSA office for fundraising ideas and projects by calling toll free 877-CSA-4-CSA or emailing
Some of these ideas are obviously easier than others. Please let me know if you do one of these activities and let me know how successful it is. I plan on doing the blind taste test of some GF dessert items at my office soon and will let you know how it turns out.


Anonymous said...

Isn't May Celiac Awareness Month? That's when all of these folks celebrate it. Seems the only celiac group missing is CSA?

American Celiac Disease Alliance
American College of Gastroenterology
American Dietetic Association
American Gastroenterology Association
American Osteopathic Association
Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Celiac Disease Foundation Gluten Intolerance Group National Foundation for Celiac Awareness University of Chicago Celiac Disease Program University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group Wm. K. Warren Celiac Disease Research Center UC San Diego

123 Glutenfree
Alba Therapeutics Corporation
Aline Medical
Allergy Grocer
Alvine Pharmaceuticals
Amazing Grains LLC
Andean Dream
Arico Foods
Authentic Foods
Bakery on Main
Bard’s Beer
Barry Rosenthal Studio
Bob & Ruth's Gluten-Free Dining & Travel Club Brookfarm Cali Fine Foods Candle CafĂ© Candle 79 Case Nutritional Consulting Cecelia’s Marketplace Celinal Foods Cerrone Cone, Inc.
Collins Trucking
Emerson's Restaurant
Endangered Species Chocolate Company
Ener-G Foods, Inc.
Enjoy Life Brands™
Farm Pure Foods
Foods by George
French Meadow Bakery
Gifts of Nature
Glutenfreeda Foods
Gluten Free Cooking Spree
Gluten Free Gourmet Solutions LLC
Gluten Free Kneads
Gluten-Free Living
Gluten Free Mama
GlutenFree Oats
GlutenFree Passport®
Glutino Foods
Great Northern Growers Cooperative
Green’s Beer
honestly speaking
Island Ice Cream and More
Jackson & Wheeler Restaurant
KC Medical Management
Kinnickinnick Foods
Kimball Genetics
La Tortilla Company
Lettuce in Love, Inc
Living Without
Miguel's Products
Namaste Foods
Nana’s Cookie Company
National Sorghum Producers
Nature's Chemistry LLC
Nearly Normal Cooking
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology,
Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Pamela's Products Pioneer Nutritional Formulas Prometheus Laboratories, Inc.
Rafferty’s Restaurant
Risoterria Restaurant and Bakery
San-J International, Inc.
Savory Palate
Shire Pharmaceuticals
Silly-yak Shirts
Stonyfield Farm
Sylvan Border Farms
Tastes Like Real Food
Tricia Thompson, MS, RD
Tuttoriso Ristorante e Cafe
Vivi's Original Sauce

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