The other night I found myself watching plastic surgery before and after......on that episode there was a family who needed to raise money for their son to have some cosmetic surgery done because he was born without a right ear. They had this really great idea to do a steeple chase with sheep....they dressed little tedy bears up, strapped them to the sheeps jackets and let the sheep race...it was really cute lol. The whole event, which included some kiddy rides, food booths, and art booths generated $30,000!!!!! The AWN is in need of a big boost in funds.....we just spent $1000 on a puppy who needed her right leg amputated due to being hit by a car, after they took the leg they did an x-ray to find out her other hip had been broken, she would have no quality of life, so we had her humanly euthanized yesterday. We may also loose our low cost spay/neuter clinic because the vet does not like driving so far to get here. We're getting hit from every dirrection.
I think this would be a really great fundraisin event for us to try out, but I don't know where to begin lol. This will be my first event planning test...I think I can handle it, I hope lol. I'm thinking maybe early summer would be good for us to schedule it for.....enough time to plan and get it all together, and it will be warm but not sweltering hot.
So this is where I need the help....we will need a big enough place to hold the event.....where would I begin to look for someone to donate the space for a day? How would I find someone with enough sheep? Also I need ideas for prizes (that would be donated) to give away to the people winning on betting in the races, and how would that work? Say 500 people show up...we hold 15 races.....and 20 people bet on the same sheep that won first place...ugh confusing lol. I figured we would do a betting minimum....$5, $10, or $15 and depending on how much you bet and where your sheep places your prize will be acordingly. Also does anyone know of a carnival company that give discounts to non-profit organization? Maybe I'm getting myself in too deep lol? Well any advice is great, even if it's telling me I'm nuts hahaha. Thanks guys!!!!!
I don't know where you are, but usually the county that you live in has a facility (fair grounds, expo center etc.) that you can rent or reserve. If you are working with a npo then they will usually donate the building as long as it is in the same condition that you got it in. As far as donations are concerned: There are many ways to do it. The best (but most tedious) is to personally go into businesses that you would like to have donate items and ask them. You can also call businesses and then pick up any items that they are willing to donate. All you have to do is tell them why you are collecting, what it is going for and make sure that they get FREE advertising at your event. Appreciation Certificates are also nice!! Don't be disappointed if a business says no, and don't be pushy about it.
As far as races are concerned, I would make sure that there are only prizes for 1st-3rd, and use a blind draw for them. I would have people pay for a ticket and then draw for the # or name of the sheep, instead of having people choose them. (I have been to a few virtual horse races that are done this way for charity and it seems to work). You can also have 2 of each if there are a lot of people and just split prizes.
Also, 50/50 drawings are also good for charity events, as well as silent auctions.
Our fair grounds stink.....we use the old school yard, which isn't nearly as big as we would need. I mean at the fair last year, there was maybe 20 small chilren sized rides, a food booth, and that was it.
Becka ~ when my hubby use to work for Bally's total fitness they would donate yearly memberships and fitness kits to npo's just to get their name out there. I bet if you went to different places and told them what you were doing they would do the same thing. As long as they can get their name out there and use it as a tax write off I bet they would donate. Good luck. Btw where do you live? I have lots of experience with fundraising.
Do you know of anyone with a large farm in the area? I have been to 4H events that were located on farm property that were pretty fun. They put up flyers at local gas stations and poster walls, sent information home at school and then marked the route from town. There weren't as many people, but it was still a good turnout.
I don't really know anyone around here, especially anyone with any land. I'm going to put the word out that we are in need of space, and hopefully someone will be nice enough to help us out. If anything we could squeeze into the fairgrounds lol. BTW I live in Tennessee.
Have you thought of having like a Monte Carlo night with door prizes, etc? My husband's union hall just had one as a fundraiser for thier softball team. They had both kiddie games and "big people" games like black-jack, texas hold 'em, etc. All of the food/pop was donated by local grocery stores, as well as the door prizes. They also had free draft beer, but I don't know if you'd want to do that. They also had raffles and a 50/50 drawing. They had one "big" prize at the end of the night, a flat sceen tv. It was $10 per adult, $5 per child to get in, and that entered you also in the door prize drawings. They had chips that you used instead of $$$ to play the games, and at the end of the night, you cashed those in. It was actually inside at a union hall, so maybe you could use your local high school auditorium, or even have it outside under some tents when the weather gets nicer. You would have to have someone there to run all of the tables/games that you set up though, so volunteers would be a big help!
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