Saturday May 20th, 2023
Join us for our Annual Basket Raffle and biggest FUNdraiser of the year in celebration of our founder's 25th Tumorversary!
*This is our basket donation goal and we are actively working on it right now! Learn how you can help!
Saturday May 20th, 2023
Doors Open at 10AM MST
Raffle Drawing begins at 2PM MST
Join us for a day of fun and FUNdraising in celebration of our founder’s 25th Tumorversary! She’s Stayin’ Alive at 25! (Ah-ah-ah-ah! Stayin’ alive! Stayin’ alive!).
Stop by the Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak and check out all of the baskets in person and purchase your raffle tickets. There will be a photobooth, snacks, drinks, costumes and more! Be sure to stop by for your FREE #GoGrayinMay ribbon in honor of Brain Tumor Awareness Month!
It's a Disco Theme!
We are all about themes, and this year we are getting a little funky with a Disco theme! Costumes are highly encouraged so come dressed in your best disco duds and dancing shoes and get ready to get groovy (and a little goofy) with us!
Why Baskets? Learn more...
Please Note: There will be no virtual element to the Basket Raffle this year. Please join us in person and on location to participate!
Help us reach our goal of 200 RAFFLE BASKETS by donating a basket today!
*ALL Basket Donations DUE by Saturday April 29th, 2023
Ways to Participate
Build a Basket
Each Basket represents a person touched by brain cancer. Build a basket in honor or in memory of someone special and help share their story.
Sponsor a Basket
Help a Brain Buddie family create a basket by purchasing wishlist items or sponsoring a basket. Perfect for those who want to participate but aren’t sure where to begin.
Donate towards a Basket
Help us build a basket and share a Brain Buddie story. Each donation helps us buy giftcards and wishlist items to reach our goal of 200 baskets!
Example Brain Buddie Stories
All of our basket donations have a Brain Buddie story behind them. Here are some examples of real Raffle Baskets that were previously donated to our fundraiser. Use these examples as guides to help share your own Brain Buddie Story with us.
Help us Spread the Word!
Links, graphics and hashtags! Oh my! We have everything you need for sharing on social media and printable flyers that you can handout or put on a bulletin board. Share them on your feed and with your friends and let them know why YOU support the Gray Matters Foundation!
About our Annual Basket Raffle
May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month
and it's the perfect time to host our biggest FUNdraiser event - the Gray Matters Foundation Annual Basket Raffle!
Our Basket Raffle is the highlight of our year. Its purpose is to spread awareness by sharing brain cancer stories through themed baskets that are created to honor survivors or in memory of those who have passed.
But it's so much more than just a fundraiser or playing a game to win neat stuff (though winning a basket can be really fun when it does happen!) – at its heart, it is about telling stories and making connections.
Each of our Raffle Baskets represent a brain cancer patient – a Brain Buddie. Our Baskets are a chance for Brain Buddies and their families to share their stories by building a basket that represents themselves or a loved one. These Baskets offer a tangible way for others to get to know those touched by brain cancer by showing who their are other than their diagnosis.
When you include your Basket at our event, you are helping spread awareness about brain cancer by sharing your story with attendees and the winner of your basket! In this way you are inspiring others and connecting with those who share a similar journey. Winning someone else’s basket often connects those families and sparks lifelong friendships.
Some Baskets are celebrations for survivors and are themed around activities they enjoy, like "Hiking", "Sewing", “Movie Night” or “Family Fun”. Others are built around a few of the favorite things of a loved one who has passed, such as Lanette’s “Grandma Kirk’s Donut Basket”. Other baskets are just for fun from family, friends, or local businesses who wish to show their support for Gray Matters Foundation.
All of our baskets have a story and all are meaningful and full of love.
Our baskets are generously donated by families and businesses and participants purchase raffle tickets. We raffle off the baskets and the 100% of the proceeds go to the Gray Matters Foundation to help fund our patient support programs throughout the year.
We hope that you will continue to support the Gray Matters Foundation by building a basket, sponsoring a basket or donating towards a basket and by participating in our event!
*Basket Raffle Rules:
- Only Arizona residents are eligible to play.
- Basket Raffle ticket purchases are not a tax deductible donation.
- Participants must be over 21 to buy tickets for any baskets containing alcohol.
- Winners will be pulled on the day of the event. You do not have to be present in order to win. Winners who are not present will be contacted after the event with pick up details.
- All baskets must be collected by June 5, 2023 or any winnings will be forfeit. We are unable to ship baskets.
- There will be no virtual element to the Basket Raffle this year. Please join us in person and on location to participate.
*Health & Safety Guidelines: In-person event preparations are subject to change as necessary per CDC safe guidelines for gatherings and events as we do our best to keep all of our Brain Buddies safe. We will do our best to communicate any changes through Gray Matters Foundation website (this page), social accounts, email and other communication channels.