Here's an example of a brief and to the point email. . .
Dear Friends and Family:
I am so excited to share that I am participating a special event, Paint Gwinnett Pink 5K Walk/Run, that will be making a difference in my community. I want my involvement to make a reaching impact---that's why I am asking for your support.
To learn more, check out the event website by clicking here. Please join me in making a difference by making a donation (click here to check out my fundraising page), or by registering as a participant.
The event is on Saturday, October 7th, and my goal is to raise $500! Thank you for your consideration and I'll keep you posted on how things go!