Epic Battle: Putting the Fun in Fundraiser

It all started as an “anti-gala.” Don’t misunderstand.  There are still plenty of ways to dress up; if tutus, capes, and antlers count.

Jeremiah Program Austin’s Epic Battle is the ultimate crazy company picnic. Outrageous games, awesome food, and libations combined with comradery, comedy, and competition add up to a brilliant fundraiser. Since its inception in 2014, nearly $830,000 has been raised.

“It’s the most fun thing you will do all year,” said Jeremiah Program Austin Trustee, Dr. Bruce Walker.

Founders, Laura Bennett, Deb Collins, and Tracey Sharples came up with the concept to raise money for the Austin capital campaign. They wanted something outside of ubiquitous galas. The layback event was an immediate hit and become a signature fall staple.

Teams of 10 or more gather for an Epic Battle after raising money from their peers. The recommended fundraising minimum is $500 per team member. Nearly 1,500 people have participated in the event over the years.

“It the most fun way to raise money for the coolest organization in Austin Texas,” said Dr. Hannah Gourgey, education consultant and multiple-year participant.