We're doing a raffle on Saturday, December 10 for a couple of 16/17 Arsenal jerseys, a scarf, and possibly a couple of surprise items. All proceeds to The Arsenal Foundation. Raffle tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at Coopers tomorrow AM, or donating here (every $5 donated gets you 1 ticket). You *DO NOT* need to be present to win. If you donate here, please let us know via email (andrew at ascmadison dot com)
We pride ourselves as a supporters club on our work in raising funds and awareness for various charitable causes. It's been a tenet of ours since we first started meeting together 5 years ago and in that time we've helped to raise nearly $90,000 for St. Baldrick's Foundation, Movember Foundation USA, Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County, Gooner On The Road (Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation), Willow Foundation, as well as helping local families coping with illness or financial hardships.
What you may not know is the reason we made charitable giving a cornerstone of our supporters club: we wanted to mirror what Arsenal does with The Arsenal Foundation. Back when the club was formed in 1886, matchday program cards were sold to raise money for Homes for Working Boys at the club’s former home in Woolwich, south London. When Arsenal arrived in Islington in 1913, one of the club’s first gestures was a gift of roughly one thousand pounds sterling to the Great Northern Hospital for the endowment of a new bed. Arsenal’s tradition of giving has also expanded over the years, from making contributions to good causes local to the club to supporting major charitable projects in the UK and overseas.
This Saturday's game vs. Stoke will be this season's official charity match, where the players donate the day's wage to the foundation and encourage supporters to donate as well. This is a chance for us to shine as a supporters club, because while Madison may not have the population and matchday turnout at the pub of a city like Chicago, Boston, or NYC, we make up for those numbers in generosity and heart.
It's time for us to dig deep once more. We'd like to raise as much as possible between now and full time at tomorrow's game. As an added incentive, the club have given Arsenal America memorabilia signed by former Arsenal player and manager Terry Neill as prizes for the top 2 fund raising branches.
Thanks for taking the time to visit our JustGiving page. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.