Donate a Basket

The biggest way that you can support the Gray Matters Foundation is by donating a basket for our Annual Raffle. 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.

How to Prepare Your Basket for Donation

1. Build a Basket

Build a basket in support of a Survivor or in Remembrance of a loved one.

Our baskets are special because they offer a chance to share your Story* with others. Help us spread awareness by sharing your Survivor or Remembrance story.

Build a Basket In Honor or in Memory of Someone Special

Think about some of the things your special person loved or activities they liked to do and use that as the theme for your basket! Fill a basket (bucket, box, tote bag or other container) with fun, NEW items that remind you of them.

*Your basket doesn't have to be in honor of someone, it can just be in support of the Gray Matters Foundation. 🙂

Are you participating as a business?

Create a basket promoting your business or company. Include products or vouchers/giftcards for services.

Non-Bakset Items

If you would like to donate an individual item for raffle (such as a piece of artwork, sporting events tickets, hotel getaway, spa packages, etc) please contact Lanette at 623-205-6446 for details.

2. Fill out a Story Sheet

ALL basket donations MUST include at story sheet and/or a list of ALL ITEMS included in the basket.
With so many goodies inside, it can be hard to see everything in a basket once it's wrapped up. Be sure to attach a list to the OUTSIDE of your basket so that other's will know what treats are waiting inside!

  • Fill a basket (bucket, box, tote bag or other container) with fun, NEW items
  • Print out this Template to print + fill out your story sheet with an ink pen.
  • OR Print up your Story sheet in your preferred program (MS Word, Google Docs, etc)
  • Be sure to include the following in your printed Story sheet:
    • Name of the Person the basket is for
    • Donor name/Your name
    • Your basket theme (if any)
    • A list of ALL items included in the basket
    • A short write up telling their story and why this basket is special
  • Attach the Story sheet to the OUTSIDE of your wrapped basket.

3. Wrap it up

Wrap the entire basket in clear (see-through) cellophane, shrink wrap or in a gift wrap bag.

We don't want any items getting lost during transportation so be sure to package all of your items securely in their containers.

Gift wrap bags and cellophane wrap can be purchased at your local craft or party supply store (Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, Party City) - or on

You can also make arrangements in advance if you would like us to wrap your basket for you.

4. Drop it off

All completed baskets must be received by Saturday Sept 14th.*

Basket Drop off Locations:

Scott's Generations Deli
Saturday, Sept 14th | 1pm - 3pm

Official basket drop off day! Lanette will be hanging out at Scott's deli from 1pm - 3pm to collect baskets.

Scott's Generations Deli
742 East Glendale Avenue, Suite 142
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Phone: 602-277-5662

The Fitness Institute - Arrowhead

Baskets can be dropped off at the Arrowhead location anytime during regular business (see below for details).

The Fitness Institute - Arrowhead
17437 N 71st Dr, Unit 107
Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: (623) 825-1699

M/W/F - 4:30-11:00 am | 3-6 pm
T/Th - 4:30-10:30 am | 1:30-6 pm
Sat - 5:30-10:30 am

*If you would like to donate items to help build a basket or need help completing a basket please make arrangements with Lanette to drop off your items BEFORE Friday September 6th.

If you are unable to make it to any of the scheduled drop offs, please contact Lanette at 623-205-6446 to arrange a drop off.

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Need Inspiration? Check out some of these ideas!

Think outside of the basket. Your "basket" doesn't have to be a traditional basket. You can use a bucket, tote bag, serving bowl, ice chest, toolbox or other container that suits your theme.

Are you a business? Create a basket promoting your business or company. Include products or vouchers/giftcards for services.

Build a basket in honor or memory of a loved one. Think about something that they really loved to do and share it with others!

Some theme ideas are:
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Margarita Bar
  • Taco Night
  • Date Night
  • Board Game/Family Game Night
  • Dance the Night Away
  • Spa Day
  • Day at the Beach/Lake
  • Rainy Day
  • Movie Night
  • Coffee Lover
  • For the Baker
  • For the Gardener
  • For the Teacher
  • For the Crafter
  • For the Musician
  • For the Fisherman/Outdoorsman
  • Grill/BBQ
  • Pet Basket
  • Fitness Lover
  • Sports Fan
  • Book Worm
  • Cake/Cookie/Dessert Making
  • Girls Night In
  • "Treat yo Self"
  • Mani/Pedi
  • Wine Lover
  • Beer Lover/Homebrewer
  • Seasonal/Holiday Theme
    • "Fall"ing for You
    • Halloween
    • Christmas

Even more inspo!

Check out our Basket photo gallery for even more examples!

* You are welcome to share your stories and promote your business/organization, but please do not include solicitation material or ask for donations in your baskets.

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basket sample kid chair
basket sample - Luck of the Irish -Heather Bristow
basket sample rainbow vodka