How to Host White Light White Night Safe at Home

How to Host WLWN Safe at Home

HOST A WHITE LIGHT WHITE NIGHT SAFE@HOME PARTY ON AUGUST 22!

You’re cordially invited to host a White Light White Night safe-at-home party on Saturday, Aug. 22 and join us for our livestream event, featuring live entertainment, a brief award ceremony, and stories from our local community.

WLWN is Walk With Sally’s largest annual fundraising event, making 60 percent of our programming possible, and we’re excited to bring this year’s event to you! 

We care about your safety, which is why we’ve pivoted to hosting a White Light White Night livestream event. Determine what “safely gathering” looks like for you, following the latest guidance from the CDC.

5 Steps To Hosting A Successful WLWN Safe@Home Party

Step 1 –  Select your safe-at-home house party kit 

Your party kit is made available thanks to our incredible sponsors. All proceeds benefit Walk With Sally.

  • Reminiscent of your WLWN experience, you can choose from The Table, The Bistro, The Lounge or The Cabana. For full details on each Party Kit visit wlwn2020.givesmart.com

All Party Kits will be available for pick-up at the Walk With Sally El Segundo office on August 20th + 21st, or for delivery within a 15 mi. radius of El Segundo over the same timeframe.

Step 2 –  Invite your guests 

Who’s joining you on Aug. 22? Family, friends, colleagues, neighbors – start asking them to RSVP today! Send your personalized invite via email, text, social, phone call – your choice of channel(s).

To get started sign up as a VIRTUAL HOST at wlwn2020.givesmart.com – you’ll then be prompted to add your guests’ information.  Your guests will then receive an automatic invitation to WLWN from you, and they will be asked to confirm their participation.  

Pro-tip: Send an additional personalized email to your guests to let them know, and also please share your story and explain why you’re attending White Light White Night at home in support of our mission. 

Step 3 –  Tackle the logistics for your safe-at-home party. Keep it simple! 

Here’s a short list of things to consider when you’re the hostess of the mostest: 

If you’re hosting an intimate in-person gathering with your household:

  • Safety precautions – However you choose to host, please consider reviewing the CDC and Local Public Health Department guidelines and requirements. In Los Angeles County, the Department of Public Health prohibits gatherings or parties of any size. If you reside in an area where gatherings are allowed, ensure you have enough space to remain socially distant for any guests who will be joining you at your home. It’s recommended to stay outside as much as possible, keep extra face masks, hand sanitizer, and disposable utensils for food and beverages or encourage guests to bring their own. 
  • Dinner menu – If you’re not interested in cooking, check out a list of local restaurants who’ve participated in WLWN in year’s past. Support our local businesses!
  • Party theme –  Think of this as another version of White Light White Night and ask your guests to wear all white. Consider any simple decor you’d like to compliment your theme. 
  • Music – Put someone in charge of that playlist! 
  • Activities – Optional list of games for adults or children if you prefer to keep your team entertained for several hours during the evening. 
  • Watching the WLWN live stream – Ensure your guests can see and hear the livestream event on the evening of Aug. 22! Sync up your laptop to your big screen, if possible. 
  • Communicate expectations – Send a calendar invite or Facebook event to save the date, and let your guests know about all of the above so they know exactly what to expect for an evening of fun! 

If you’re hosting a virtual gathering:

  • Video call platform – Will you use Zoom, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Skype or another video platform? 
  • Agenda – Consider your elevator pitch about why you’re grateful they’re joining you for WLWN, how they can support the mission, and how you will invite everyone to the discussion. It can be fun to have a list of fun or thought-provoking questions to keep the dialogue going if you have a larger group. 
  • Party theme –  Think of this as another version of White Light White Night and ask your guests to wear all white. Consider any simple decor you’d like to compliment your theme. 
  • Watching the WLWN live stream – Tell your guests to head over to the livestream event on the evening of Aug. 22!
  • Communicate expectations – Send a calendar invite or Facebook event to save the date, and let your guests know about all of the above so they know exactly what to expect for an evening of fun! 

Step 4 –  Encourage your guests to contribute to the cause

White Light White Night is Walk With Sally’s largest annual fundraising event, which raises enough money to fund 60 percent of our programming to help mentor and support children affected by a loved one’s cancer journey. This year has created unprecedented challenges for us all, and if their situation allows, encourage your network to invest in a cause you care deeply about.

  • Create a fundraising page using Facebook. Share your connection to Walk With Sally’s mission, set a goal, and ask your network to help you reach it before Aug. 22. 
  • Here’s a fundraising guide to ensure you’re successful in rallying your network to give back. 
  • We’ve been busy supporting families who have been adversely affected by COVID and adapting our programs and service for this new world, and we need your help to ensure that we can continue to support children and families impacted by cancer throughout Los Angeles County.  It’s especially important now more than ever that children have the support of mentors and a community who understand the impact of cancer.

Step 5 –  Enjoy the show and celebrate the strength of our community! 

Don’t forget to thank your guests for attending, making a contribution to the mission, and making a difference in the lives of children affected by cancer. 

 

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