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Hosting a Table at Rise & Shine Asheville

March 1, 2017 | By Rachel Zink

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All About Table Hosting!

Thank you for considering hosting a table at our Rise & Shine breakfast on Thursday, September 6. It’s a powerful, fun, and easy way for you to help bring the healing power of the arts to children who need it most: kids and teens in treatment at Mission Children’s Hospital.

Our breakfast is a simple, mission-focused event, consisting of speakers who know Arts For Life best – including an Arts For Life family – and a slideshow video. While there is no charge to attend the event (and no cost to host a table!), there will be a request for support at the end of the breakfast.

How to Host a Table at Rise and Shine

  1. Register online confirming your attendance and participation as a TABLE HOST.
  2. OPTIONAL: Consider making a gift now to jumpstart our fundraising for the event and underwrite breakfast + coffee for your table of 10. We suggest a contribution of $250, to get the breakfast off to a great start. You may also want to wait until the breakfast to make your gift, and that’s fine, too!
  3. Identify friends, family, and colleagues to fill a table of 10 who are interested in learning more and supporting Arts For Life. You may also recruit a friend to “co-host” a table of 10 together.
    • If you would like to host more then one table, that is wonderful! Just let us know.
    • If you fill more than 1 but less than 2 tables, we will seat additional guests at your tables to make them add up to 10 people each. Before the event, we’ll be in touch with you to see how you’d like your guests split up between the 2 tables.
  1. Share the event page + registration link with your guests so they can confirm their attendance by registering online. (See sample email script at the bottom of this page; feel free to copy, paste, and customize.) If you have guests who you know are planning to attend but you’d prefer to RSVP online for them, you can do that using the same RSVP link that you used – all you’ll need is your guests’ name and email address (mailing address and phone number are optional). They will receive an automated email from us, confirming their attendance. Please let us know if you’d like PRINTED invitations: how many and where to mail them!
  1. Join us for breakfast! on Thursday, September 6 at 8:30AM. From 8:30-9:15AM, you can welcome and mingle with your guests, serve your breakfast, and find your seat. The event will start at 9:15AM and end by 10:00AM, at which point guests are free to leave or linger and catch up with you for a few more minutes. Please plan to arrive at 8:15AM that morning, to greet any early-bird guests!
  1. Thank your guests after the event for attending! We have Arts For Life-artist-designed thank you cards available for you in printed form or electronically.

Who should I invite?

Friends, family, neighbors, business associates, and community leaders who may not know much about Arts For Life, but who share our passion for helping the young patients and families of our community. Although guests will be asked to make a financial commitment to support Arts For Life, your guests don’t have to be only those with the capacity to make large donations. We are looking for people who want to be involved at a variety of levels: from volunteers to donors, from college students through senior citizens.

Can I ONLY invite someone who’s new to Arts For Life?

No, the breakfast can also be an ideal place for those who have been casually acquainted with Arts For Life or supported us in the past to get more deeply connected with and actively engaged in our work.

How much money is the breakfast expected to raise?

Our goal for this year’s breakfast is to raise at least $25,000. However, if each person or couple you invite would pledge to give just a dollar a day for the next year, we could raise almost twice that to benefit the kids and families we serve at Duke Children’s Hospital!

Curious to know who has RSVPed to sit at your table?

You can check the most current confirmed guest list here. This guest list is updated in real-time as people register, so you can see who has RSVPed to sit at your table! Handy for knowing who to follow up with.


Contact Karen Brown, Rise & Shine Chair, or Rachel Zink, Executive Director.

That’s all there is to it! We’re honored to have you join our host team and serve in this special way. Thank you!!

Sample Invitation Email for Rise & Shine [Copy, paste + personalize]:

Dear (friend),

I’m writing to invite you to be my guest for a really special event on the morning of Thursday, September 6. It’s the annual Rise & Shine breakfast benefit for Arts For Life Asheville.

You’ve probably heard me talk about Arts For Life before! If not, Arts For Life is a nonprofit dedicated to helping pediatric and families in our community, through the healing power of the arts. [FILL IN THE BLANK: Arts For Life’s mission is dear to my heart because… / I first learned about Arts For Life when… / I’m involved with Arts For Life because…].

If you’re curious to learn more about Arts For Life, I encourage you to check out their website! Arts For Life is about helping kids learn, create, and heal while they’re in treatment at Mission Children’s Hospital.

The Rise & Shine breakfast is Arts For Life’s signature annual fundraising event, and I’m delighted to serve as a table host this year. Will you come to the breakfast with me as my guest, to learn more about and support Arts For Life’s budding young artists and families?

You can click here to save your seat today: (and mention my name when prompted). There is no cost to attend the event, but there will be an request made during the program to invite guests to support these inspiring young artists and their families through donating or volunteering.

Thank you for considering supporting Arts For Life and me in this special way!

(your name)

E-flier to attach in an email to Guests [download here]