OPERATION: HON

HEAT ON NOW.  THE 2018 ICE HOUSE EXPERIENCE

Are you ready to experience cold like never before?  More importantly, are you ready to help keep the power on for our neighbors in need this winter?  
Join us today.

Learn more

WHAT? 

LET'S ALL STAY WARM THIS SEASON

FUEL FUND OF MARYLAND  is proud to present OPERATION: HON – a unique fundraising event January 13-15, 2018 as we construct a 10’x10’ Ice House at THE AVENUE at White Marsh, located next to the ice skating rink.  The Ice House will be built by local ice sculptor,Casey Connor, of Ice Lab.

Friends of the Fuel Fund of Maryland will raise funds while they sit inside the cold ice house until they have met their fundraising goal. Each participant will be assigned a 30-minute time slot to "sit" in the house and raise both funds and awarness for our programs and services. Local politicians, media personalities, and business leaders will be invited to compete by “volunteering” their time to "sit" in the icehouse while also raising funds for the Fuel Fund mission.  

Donations will be eligible for a 50-cent to the dollar match from our partnering utility, BGE and 100 percent of the donations and matching funds will be used to provide utility assistance grants t in need through The Fuel Fund of Maryland.

BY THE NUMBERS

How your Support Helps our Familes and Friends in the Community

$2,500,000

 Saved by Clients Last Year

10,000 Homes

Power Restored or Maintained

36,000 Calls

Last Month for Help

How You Can Participate!

Getting Started

Thank you for your interest in participating in OPERATION HON! Your efforts will go a long way in building awareness of the need for families who go without heat during the harsh winter months, while financially helping them to restore or maintain basic utility services. 

The event will kick off on January 13th and end on January 15th at THE AVENUE at White Marsh.  Participants will stay in the Ice House for 30 minutes, or until you have met your fundraising goal of $2,500 (team) or $1,000 (individual) or more. 

When you sign up to participate, you will be assigned a 30 minute timeslot during which you will stay in the house and raise donations to help you meet your fundraising goal. Participants are encouraged to recruit as many donations in advance as possible and they will be able to contact potential donors by phone, email and social media to solicit contributions while they are in the house.  This will increase visibility for both the Fuel Fund of Maryland and OPERATION HON.

While in the Ice House, you will be able to contact potential donors via phone, email, social media, or any other method you wish to solicit contributions. Once you meet your goal, you will be able to vacate the house and feel the warmth.

Participants are provided with all of the tools they will need to reach out to family, friends and co-workers in order to help each participant obtain donations. These items include:

  • solicitation letters 
  • e-mail template
  • social media messaging
  • access to a personal fundraising page

DOWNLOAD YOUR PARTICIPANT PACKET NOW

Start Fundraising

Spread the Word!

Sharing is the key to successful fundraising!  Email the link to your fundraising page to everyone you know including friends, family, classmates, colleagues, etc.  Email is the most effective method, however, you should also share your page as many places as possible.  You can have the most impact by sharing your fundraiser on all your social networks. To do so, simply go to the Manage Campaign tab on your fundraiser page. Ask everyone you know to donate to your cause using the solicitation email provided by us.

CREATE YOUR OWN TEAM OR FUNDRAISING PAGE

  1. Go to ­­­­­­https://www.crowdrise.com/operation-hon-ice-house-2018/
  2. Click on the ‘Set Your Fundraiser’ button.
  3. Click  on the ‘Start Your Own Fundraiser’ link to start your own personal team in this event. If you are supporting a team that’s already part of the event, then click ‘Join a Team’. 
  4. Personalize Your Unique Page: Give your team a title, set your fundraiser goal of $2,500 or more.  While your page will be hosted from the FUEL FUND OF MARYLAND Crowdrise site it is still important that you mention FUEL FUND OF MARYLAND and the families that you’ll be helping.  Feel free to tell people in the ‘About Your Fundraiser’ section that when you raise $1,000 as an individual, your efforts along with a match by our utility company partners will help approximately 4 families!  Also, if you raise $2,500 as a team and our efforts are matched by our utility company partners, you will have help approximately 10 households!  And, don’t forget to upload a photo of yourself or your team!
  5. Create your Sign In for your account and a confirmation email will be sent to your inbox! 

COLLECT YOUR DONATIONS

Preferably, all donations should be collected through your personal fundraising page at https://www.crowdrise.com/operation-hon-ice-house-2018/ prior to your sit inside the ice house.  Donors will be able to make secure credit card donations through your personal fundraising page. You and your donors will be able to see the amount of money you have raised during any part of the campaign. 

DRESS WARM!

Once you have signed up to participate in OPERATION HON, you will be assigned a 30-minute timeslot. During this time you will stay in the ice house as part of your mission to reach your fundraising goal of $2,500 (team) or $1,000 (individual) or more. Once you meet your goal, you will be able to vacate the Ice House and warm up! And, you just might get a warm hug from a real Baltimore hon, too!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Download the 2018 Sponsorship Packet

ICE CUBE

$500

  • Logo inclusion on one ice house brick
  • Click through to your website
  • Social Media Mentions
Go!

FROST

$1,000

  • All ICE CUBE Benefits
  • Logo on ONE perimeter sign
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Pre-event advertisements
  • Small logo in “Thank You” ad 
  • Mention in promotional materials
  • Click-through to website
Go!

FREEZE WARNING

$2,500

  • All FROST benefits
  • Invitation to VIP reception (3)
Go!

THUNDER ICE

$5,000

  • All FREEZE WARNING benefits
  • Invitation to VIP reception (6)
Go!

ICEBERG

$10,000

  • All THUNDER ICE benefits
  • Table at VIP reception
  • Special signage onsite
  • VIP reception (12)
Go!

NOR’EASTER

$15,000

  • All ICEBERG benefits
  • Signage at VIP reception
  • VIP reception (18)
  • Special Acnowledgment at VIP
  • Logo on TWO perimeter signs
Go!

POLAR VORTEX

$25,000

  • All NOR'EASTER benefits
  • Title Sponsorship
  • Ice House created to showcase company logo
  • VIP Reception (24)
  • Headline sponsor for all advertisting efforts
Go!

Our Sponsors

These great organizations support the FUEL FUND OF MARYLAND and OPERATION: HON

THE AVENUE at White Marsh
Ice Lab
Barcoding, Inc.
Echo
ZeroDraft
Point.Click.Switch
Heritage Financial Consultants, LLC
Baltimore Style
Downtown Diane
City Peek
Raskin Global
Website Inc

GET IN TOUCH

I'm ready to support OPERATION HON!  Our team is ready to help you, whether you are looking for sponsorship, volunteer opportunites, or to participate as an individual or family.  We are her to help!