Woonsocket – What makes your social club/nonprofit organization different from the other Woonsocket non-profits? What event/fundraiser attracts the most participation from your membership or supporters?  Would your organization be willing to hold a fundraiser or 2 and donate a percentage to Autumnfest?


In 2018, the Autumnfest Fundraising committee decided to make this a competition. The organization that was able to make the largest donation was recognized on the main stage during Autumnfest, was presented with a trophy, and have bragging rights of the top fundraising nonprofit organization for the year.  The trophy currently resides at Club Lafayette.  


"For 44 years now, Autumnfest has been a great way to unite the region,” Tracy Martin, Autumnfest Community Outreach Coordinator said.  “Our social clubs and non-profit organizations are an integral part of our community so we have created this as a friendly competition to get local groups involved in our annual celebration.  It's a terrific way to raise funds for your organization and also give back to the community.  We hope that you participate this year and help to bring home that trophy for your club!"


We encourage all non-profits to present this challenge to their membership. We would like to help jumpstart the competition by providing a raffle basket for your club.  Guests and members would be able to buy tickets all the through 9/15/2022. We request your confirmation by June 15th to allow time for Autumnfest to compile and deliver the baskets.  Your club would retain half the proceeds (minus the cost of the basket)


We also ask that you consider participating via your own events in this fun-spirited community wide fundraising effort to support the continuation of this festival that has become an annual tradition for Woonsocket and Northern Rhode Island for 44 years!


If you have any questions about the Autumnfest 2022 Non-Profit Challenge, please contact Tracy Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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