Not Our Traditional Gala

Let’s face it – galas can be fun, but require a lot of work. When we started planning this year’s fundraiser, we thought long and hard about what makes sense for us, our volunteers and most importantly, the people we serve. January gave us a reality check – 3 times as many new food pantry clients and double the amount of rescued food room visitors as compared to last January.

So . .(deep breath). . we’re going to keep our all-hands-on-deck focus on serving and try a simple, no-frills approach to this year’s fundraiser. We’ve dubbed it the “Un-Gala.”

  • For the month of April, you’ll hear more from us as we try to reach our $80,000 goal (gulp!)
  • Instead of gala tickets, please purchase a $25 raffle ticket to win $2500 worth of groceries
  • Instead of a big event, join us for a low-key social gathering at Kinship Brewing Company to connect with friends
  • No silent auction, no live-streamed event, no presentations, no videos

Yes, we’re nervous, but we’re hoping you’ll understand, and maybe even appreciate, our new approach? Please, please donate. If you can do even more, keep scrolling for additional ways to help. We cannot offer the level of support we do without you. Thank you

Check Donations:

Please write “Un-Gala” on memo line and mail or deliver to:

Waukee Area Christian Services

1155 SE Boone Drive

Waukee, IA 50263

Join an existing online team fundraiser or start your own. It’s easy.

Do you like a little friendly competition?  We have several teams already setup and more teammates are needed.  If you and your friends/colleagues want to set up your own Team Fundraiser and jump in on the action, that’s great too.  You can even go it alone.  Any online fundraiser helps us get the word out.

The two “Biggest Fundraisers” – one for the greatest amount of money donated and one for the highest number of donors  – will get bragging rights for the year and be highlighted at our happy hour and in our communications.

Sell a pack of 5 raffle tickets

Many people don’t realize there’s a food pantry in Waukee covering all of Dallas County.  And we’re the largest one!  Selling a raffle ticket is an easy way to introduce us to someone in your circle. 

Your message could be as simple as:

“Will you purchase a $25 raffle ticket to feed a local family for a week and potentially win $2,500 worth of groceries for yourself?”

Winner will be drawn on Thursday, April 27th during our social gathering at Kinship Brewing Company. You do not need to be present to win. All ticket purchases are considered a donation to us. You can purchase a ticket online or stop by to pick up/purchase printed tickets.

Create a sculpture for our contest. You “can” do it!

Join us in creating your own “can-tastic” sculpture at your business or organization.  You’ll raise awareness of food insecurity in our community, while donating a generous supply of shelf-stable food for your neighbors.

The winning sculpture will be announced at our social gathering on Thursday, April 27th at Kinship Brewing Company. Click on the link below for all of the details.

Match Sponsors

Raffle Sponsors


In-Kind Sponsors

Holiday Food Donation Drive

Food is often the centerpiece of holiday family gatherings.  With your help, our clients have the opportunity to receive the ingredients for a bonus holiday meal in November and in December as well as Christmas gifts for their children.

Please consider sharing your blessings right here in our community.

Update: You and your organization can print checklists to share with others who can help!  Click the "Printable Food Drive Checklist Handout" button below.

School Supply Donation Drive

Let’s help kids in our community start the school year ready to learn!

Please donate to our school supplies drive.

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