Lessons Learned From A Raffle Fundraiser

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“Chronicle a successful raffle fundraising campaign you or a family member has been a part of. What results were achieved? How did it help the organization and/or the community it was meant to benefit? How did the experience enrich you?”

Jason is studying Meteorology at Kennesaw State Unversity.  Thanks Jason and best of luck!

“Impact a Life” Scholarship contributor:  Jason Martinez
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During the 2016 fall semester, my sister was part of an organization called the Spanish Honor Society where they dedicate time to culturally influence Hispanic traditions and customs. The club decided to make piñatas as a celebration for the holidays, Christmas and New Year’s Day. When the organization had a meeting, which lasted from an hour and a half to two hours, they would make the piñatas using paper macchia, newspapers, foil, and paint. The piñatas took at least two months to make before handing out.

The sponsor for the school’s organization, Señora Haynes, had an idea how one piñata can be used. She proposed that a raffle be offer to the students of Lithia Springs High School. Only one winner could receive the piñata from the drawing. Everyone agreed about the idea, and they planned for the fundraiser. Throughout the semester, the organization worked on the piñata for the lucky winner. People from the group were sent out during lunch breaks or free time. They announced the raffle sale to each student individually. Eventually, everyone was interested of having the piñata at the end of the semester. Students constantly bought tickets at Señora Haynes’s classroom during class changes or lunch time. With so many sales, the Spanish Honor Society received an excellent ending.

At the end of the semester, the organization gained over four hundred dollars from the raffle tickets, and someone from the organization drew out from the loaded box of tickets. Finally, the organization received a huge sum of money, and one person went home with a gigantic marvelous piñata. With their success, the organization reconsiders of having another fundraiser for the fall semester of 2017.

The association gained so much money; they can have future events to host or give back to the community. The group has not only gain extra money proceeding for other events, but they saved money from all those piñatas made for other various groups such as the special education students and the high school’s teachers. Their impact to the community has made the organization stronger. Now people talk how special the Spanish Honor Society is during Christmas time.

When my sister told me the news, I was mind blown how one small organization of twenty people made an amazing profit. Four hundred dollars was a humongous amount from a raffle ticket sale. I never imagined how many students were into a piñata. The sale taught me how attractive teens are into party goods even if it is cross-cultural. They would have bought as many tickets their allowance is allowed. The students risk the chance of receiving the piñata since many raffle tickets were sold. Additionally, when the fundraiser was publicized, all the students wanted to buy a ticket. I did not expect students to quickly spread the news about the piñata raffle. Personally, I think the organization will get even stronger if they pull of ideas such as the raffle campaign.

At the end, a special gift, the piñatas, given during a time where the season literally means to give, to the students and teachers. The organization pulled off a campaign where students were eager to win. With a good target audience for the raffle, the group is getting closer to the community, and their reputation is becoming well-known.


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