Annual Fundraisers


Starfish Bracket Challenge

Each March, we organize a friendly online competition for Starfish supporters to make predictions on college men's basketball teams' chances of advancing during playoffs! This challenge is free of cost for joining, though we encourage donations to fund Starfish programs.


Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction

We host a benefit dinner every April in Baltimore that features an Ecuadorian meal, live music, a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction! In addition, we open our silent auction online a few weeks before the benefit dinner, so that anyone can participate in it.



Every autumn, teams of two to five people gather for 84 hours to complete as many tasks as possible. Some tasks involve raising awareness, some tasks involve community service, some tasks teach teams more about Ecuador, and some tasks are just for fun or test creativity!



We organize Giving Tuesday fundraisers each November. Dedicated supporters have hosted past Giving Tuesday events in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Oakland, Wilmington, Omaha, Hoboken, Houston, and more cities. Get in touch with us if you'd like to host an event this year!



Starfish’s Birthday

November 9

Every year, we mark Starfish’s founding date of November 9, 2011 in several fun ways!

Marking November 9 each year has included:

  • Birthday-dedicated social media posts

  • Special email newsletters to our mailing list to announce major updates for Starfish and look back at previous years' accomplishments

  • Unique merchandise when we celebrated our fifth birthday…

…and now, a birthday celebration for our eighth birthday! That’s right: We’re having a birthday party this year!

Join us at Fazzini’s Taverna in Cockeysville, Maryland, on October 26, 2019.