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8 years 1 week ago #164745 by Amy
Replied by Amy on topic Re:2013 ULTIMATE DONATION LIST
We have volunteers sign up for table decorations after coming up with an overall theme and then all tables are decorated with the teams interpretation of the theme, the centerpiece is auctioned off in a balloon raffle and there is a goodie bag/take home item on the table for each person. All tables are different and its great to see what people come up with!
8 years 1 week ago #164747 by Hope c
Replied by Hope c on topic Re:2013 ULTIMATE DONATION LIST
No we do not do goodie bags and if you did you could do say for the first 50 and we usually get items do ayes through Kraft and use candy coupons chick fil a discounts little things also local police departments have cups or key chains insurance company's too.
8 years 1 week ago #164748 by Karen V
Replied by Karen V on topic Re:2013 ULTIMATE DONATION LIST
For our gift auction, there are no tickets and no goody bags. It is free admission, you just pay for what you win.

And while I'm on here, my auction was yesterday. It was my first time running it. Thank you all for the wonderful tips you have posted. Because of everything I learned here, I felt like I knew where to start instead of floundering. AND ... we made $5,000 more than last year!!! YIPPEE :)
8 years 1 week ago #164750 by SPPTO
As of today, I have 82 requests out. Of them, perhaps 20 are from this list. Some links were broken and at least one doesn't honor requests at this time.

I found the greatest wealth of leads from a simple Google search of "donation request forms [state]".

Next, I will randomly send out letters to highly desirable businesses in my metro area.

Then, I will canvas my rather small city with letters.

Finally, I will assign each classroom a theme for a basket to be auctioned.

I feel bad that the businesses on the first page here are inundated with requests because of our desire for convenience. I must thank Green Mountain Coffee and Disneyland for tirelessly donating within a day of the request.

I still cannot visualize how to collect the tickets for the raffled items. I have found collection boxes online for $1.70 per. I will consider that if nothing else sounds good. All donations over $100 with be silent auctioned at the beginning of the announcements so that people can free up their money to buy more tickets. I figure that we can do those first and then wait an hour for the raffle? Does anyone have insight?
8 years 1 week ago #164751 by Hope c
Replied by Hope c on topic Re:2013 ULTIMATE DONATION LIST
We usually raffle 3 big items like a TV, grill, printer those types if items then make up baskets with the rest if the smaller items

It's easier and not so much collecting as well as we have bingo going on to
8 years 1 week ago #164757 by MZ
Replied by MZ on topic Re:2013 ULTIMATE DONATION LIST
I just wanted to say thank you to ALL for ALL of your insight and suggestions. There is a lot of work that goes into a successful auction as well as space needed to hold everything. Without this blog, I would of never received donations from, Otterbox, Disney, Green Mountain Coffee, Cabot Cheese....just to name a few! Keep posting...and if I come across any new ones, I will post, too!
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