That’s a wrap! Over a year of virtual events

Last weekend we had over 230 people join us for Sam’s Fans Virtual 5k: The Sequel. We are incredibly thankful to everyone who participated: runners, donors, fundraisers, sponsors, volunteers, and the Sam’s Fans team! 


It is easier now, as the situation starts to normalize, to look back at a tough year that we’ve had. And as I do that, I realize how inspiring it is that in the midst of it all, you kept showing up. 


Not only did you show up for our last 5k, but you also showed up to a virtual birthday party last year, a ton of virtual fundraising opportunities, and some of our smaller, socially-distanced, in-person events, such as the Amazing Birthday Adventure. 


It is indeed amazing to think about the Sam’s Fans family, a community of awesome people around Columbus, Ohio, the USA, and really, the world (writing from Germany right now!). We would like to think that this past 5k was our last virtual event and that things will “go back to normal.” Although of course, what is the new normal? 


But who knows, maybe we will continue to meet virtually to give everybody the opportunity to participate. I will certainly continue to meet with the Sam’s Fans team virtually! And I am already working on our next live streaming series (send me a message if you have any ideas for that). 


I thought it would be inspiring to take a quick look back at our events in the past year and what you have helped us achieve:


Sam’s Fans Virtual 5k: The Sequel

Thank you for showing up this past weekend! We had 234 runners sign up, over 100 additional people donate to fundraisers, and over $30K raised. This is enough to fully fund one of our partner hospitals! We fundraised around $30K for both of our virtual 5k races, which is comparable with how much we fundraised before when we had the physical event. All thanks to you!

Amazing Birthday Adventure

Earlier this year we invited you to an Amazing Birthday Adventure! This was such a fun event and we were happy to see several families join us. This is always a special event for us as we celebrate Sam’s birthday. It is extra special to see a bunch of kiddos joining and enjoying this event. Maybe next year we will come up with something similar!

12 Days of Holiday Cheer

This is usually a virtual event that we do to invite you to experience some holiday cheer. Of course, last year it was extra important for us to bring a sense of joy as many were not able to have the holidays that they were hoping for. You actually showed up in big ways and participated with us. We are so grateful for that. 

Charity Golf Outing

We are very grateful to Pure Equity Group for hosting this annual charity golf outing. Last year’s was the inaugural event and they helped raise over $10K for Sam’s Fans. They are bringing back this event this year! More information here

A THREAD of Hopeful Giving

A THREAD of Hope is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year we were not able to meet in person. Instead, we invited you to join in a week of Hopeful Giving. So many of you showed up to donate, sponsor, bid in the silent auction, and more. That was fun but we are very much looking forward to being back in person this year!

Sam’s Fans Virtual 5k 2020 

Sam’s Fans Virtual 5k in 2020 had the theme “Run like no one is watching, cause no one is watching.” It was a challenge and we were definitely uncertain if this event would be successful as a virtual race. What can we say, you showed up and we had a great event! 

Virtual Ice Cream Party 

This was one of, if not the very first event we did virtually. It was early on when everything was happening so we were very uncertain about many things. Yet, we decided to move along and put together a virtual day of music, art, and fun times with our art and music therapists. We can definitely say that we had a lot of fun! Did you? 

Are virtual events over?


So, was Sam’s Fans Virtual 5k: The Sequel our last virtual event? We don’t know for sure yet! But one thing we can tell you for sure is that we will continue to invite you to support music and art therapy for seriously ill children. Ultimately, it is about them. And if a combination of in-person and virtual events will help along this mission, then we will continue to do so! 


What do you think? Let us know in the comments if you think we should continue doing some virtual events or if we should go back to mainly in-person events! 


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L. Samuel Gracida

L. Samuel Gracida

Samuel is Sam's Fans Operating Director and our primary blogger!

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