Since fundraising is such an integral part of a cheer squad's program, we love hearing about the creative ways cheerleaders fundraise. Gone are the days of selling cookie dough or holding a car wash (although those will always be tried-and-true fundraising methods!). More and more squads are finding new ways to raise funds while having fun.

In Greenwich, CT, the high school squad used their love of shopping and fashion to create a fundraiser. For the seventh year in a row, the Greenwich High School cheer squad is hosting their Fashion Show and Holiday Boutique. Not only will the cheer squad be raising money for program fees, the event also brings the community together. Around 15 vendors will join in the event and be able to sell their items while the senior cheerleaders model the clothing for the fashion show.

The squad's head coach Maryanne Catalano told the Greenwich Post, "It really is a nice event that brings the community together. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it because people want to see it year after year. For me, it's great for the kids because the underclassmen look up to it and the seniors look forward to modeling. All the parents chip in and help, whether it's decorating or tearing down or being a part of the whole thing."

The cheerleaders also see it is a fun bonding experience. They have fun holding the event, from initial planning to decorating to walking the catwalk. Many agree that the event has grown bigger and bigger every year and this year promises to continue that tradition!

Senior cheerleader Taylor Ingraham shared with the Greenwich Post, "Since my freshman year, I've been on varsity and have been watching every year progress more and more with the fashion show. It seems to get bigger and bigger every year. I feel this year will be a lot of fun. The fashion show will be amazing and the stuff for sale is really nice."

Most of the items from the vendors are holiday-themed, allowing guests and participants to start their holiday shopping early. What's great, and a way to encourage vendors to participate, is that the vendors keep money they earn. The cheerleading team raises money for their program with the silent auction. Various local restaurants, hotels, and businesses donated gift certificates and items for the auction.

And the festivities don't end there! For just $40 a ticket for adults and $15 for students, the event includes appetizers, desserts, coffee, tea, and punch.

We think this is such an amazing fundraiser idea. It gets the whole community involved and doesn't even seem like a fundraiser! All the cheerleaders enjoy participating, as well as their parents and volunteers. While events like these can be difficult to initially plan, the first year is always hardest. Once a plan is set in place, you can repeat the event annually! Also, such an event can bring in significant funds for the team. While a large event, the team may be able to raise enough to only have to fundraise once a year.

News Source: Greenwich Post
Have you ever held a large fundraising event like this? How does your team fundraise?