Want to run for a penny?

Become a fundraiser! Go the extra mile to help the homeless!

Run for a Penny!

Fundraising sponsored by

Step 1: Register for the race! Click here
Step 2:
At the end of the registration process, set up your personal fundraising page as directed (if you miss the prompt, go here to set up your page
Step 3: Raise a minimum of $250 to help the homeless that come to Wheeler Mission seeking shelter and care
Step 4: When you’ve raised the minimum, let us know by emailing with a link to your fundraising page
Step 5: All but a penny of your individual registration will be refunded! (one individual registration refunded per fundraising page)

All qualifying participants also receive:

  • Pre- and post-race lounge with private restrooms, heat, snacks, drinks, and free injury screenings at Team Rehabilitation’s Broad Ripple location (located in the Food Court Party Area)
  • Top 10 fundraisers achieve VIP status, gaining access for two to the VIP/Celebrity tent located near the Start Line
  • Top fundraiser receives the famous traveling turkey trophy to display for a year

BONUS! Act quickly! Drumstick Dash sponsor, Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy, will donate $100 to the first 30 individuals to reach $150 in fundraising!

Click here to see Fundraising Leaderboard!

Thank you to our top 2017 fundraisers!

  1. Bethany Nelson – $7,000
  2. Salesforce – $3,406
  3. Elizabeth Baumgardt – $1,754
  4. Gary Peters – $1,575
  5. Brian Allison – $1,525
  6. Kelly Romano – $1,121.25
  7. Angela Arps – $1,080.50
  8. Julie Austel – $1,075
  9. Jacqueline Francescon – $1,010
  10. Ayrelle Frick – $1,000.31

Thank you to our top 2017 fundraisers! 

1. Bethany Nelson – $4,700 raised to help the homeless
2. Firefighters On A Mission – $1,969
3. Elizabeth Baumgardt – $1,830
4. Stephen McFarland – $1675
5. Kelly Romano – $1,105
6. Julie Austel – $1,000
7. Brian Allison – $785
8. Dan Miller – $550
9. Rob Blazek – $450
10. Ollie Habiby – $427

Why Fundraise?

This Thanksgiving, more than 1,600 people in central Indiana will spend the day homeless. We believe that nobody in our community should be without food, shelter, and warmth, but especially during the holidays. Fundraising for the Drumstick Dash helps provide nutritious meals and care to the homeless men, women, and mothers with children right here in our community.

How to Fundraise

Visit our Drumstick Dash 2017 page on CrowdRise to create your own easy-to-use Fundraising team or you can join an existing team. Either way, you’ll be raising critical funds for our city’s most desperate people.

Once you start your Fundraising page, upload a fun picture and write a few words about why you’re raising money for the homeless this Thanksgiving, and then send your page out to your friends and family, inviting them to donate to Wheeler Mission. Every $2.25 raised provides a meal to someone in need.

All donations are tax-deductible. A donation receipt will be emailed to you from CrowdRise. Donors may make checks payable to “Drumstick Dash” and turn them in to the Wheeler Mission table at the Drumstick Dash Expo or at the event.


Everyone who starts a fundraising page gets special access for two on Race Day to the new Team Rehab facility, located at 1081 Broad Ripple Ave in the heart of Drumstick Dash festivities! Benefits include: 

  • Stay warm and dry before and after the race
  • Free pre- and post-race Injury Screen and Stretching
  • Pre- and post-hydration and carb loading

The top 10 fundraising individuals win:

  • Stay warm on race day! 2 Tickets to the pre-race Franklin College VIP/Celebrity tent!
    • Heated
    • Catered
    • Private bathrooms
    • Walk right out to the Start Line!
  • VIP Parking! – Park near the Start Line for easy access to the race.
  • Race day recognition –Dave Calabro from WTHR13 will recognize you by name before the race!
  • Free entry to the 2017 Drumstick Dash!

ALSO! – The Top Fundraising Individual and the Top Fundraising Team take home the annual traveling turkey trophy to hold for one year!



Q: Are donations tax-deductible?
A: Yes. A donation receipt will be emailed to each donor from CrowdRise.

Q: What do I do with cash or checks?
A: Checks can be made payable to “Drumstick Dash”

  • Enter all offline donations (checks or cash) in the “manage my team” tab. -> “toolkit” -> “manage offline donations”. This will keep your page up-to-date so your team will receive full credit for all of your fundraising.
    • You can mail checks to Wheeler Mission, 205 E New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
    • Or bring all checks and cash in an envelope, clearly marked with your team name and the total amount inside the envelope. Turn in these offline donations at the Wheeler Mission Table at the Expo or at the Wheeler Mission Tent, located in the food court, on race day.

Q: Where do I pick up my prize?
A: Prizes can be picked up at the Prize Table during the November 23rd Expo and Packet Pick-up, or at the Prize Tent on race day.

* Prizes and details subject to change.


  • Fundraising prize deadline is 9AM on Monday, November 20, 2017.
  • Individual prizes given to individual fundraisers only (if more than one person is using a single account, you may be ineligible for individual prizes).
  • No purchase necessary to win prizes. You do not have to participate in the Drumstick Dash in order to Fundraise.
  • Details subject to change.

Fundraising Results

In 2016, $20,173 total was raised by everyone. Thank you very much!

Click here to view 2016 results!

Testimony from our 2014 and 2015 Top Fundraiser, Elizabeth Baumgardt:

“Every Year on Thanksgiving morning thousands of people join together in an effort to support our homeless community. This event, The Drumstick Dash, benefiting Wheeler Mission, is to me “Thanksgiving”. The event, the participants, the cause, and the very people who make this opportunity to serve possible, have a tremendous impact on me each year. There is no greater joy than being just a small part of giving in such a big way. Each year I stand in amazement knowing that the thousands with me on Thanksgiving morning are each responsible for feeding homeless individuals. Each person’s registration just helped 12 people. That is in itself incredible! It is so much more than a gift of food, it is a gift of HOPE and LOVE. I have participated in the ‘fund-racing’ the past two years now and am further amazed by the outpouring of support I have received. My first year I set a goal of $100 thinking how tremendous that would be! I raised $750!! So, this year I set a new goal of $1,000.00 and I well surpassed that. It takes some effort, of course, but just think if every person out there committed to fund-racing for Wheeler Mission. Imagine each of 15,000 + people raising just an additional $100.  We, as a community, can do amazing things! I have made the Drumstick Dash my Thanksgiving tradition, as have many, for the last several years and will continue to do so. I hope more people will join me in the fund-racing. It is easy, it is fun, and nothing could be more rewarding!

See you out there! God Bless!”

Team Tofurkey

Team Susan