The March to Sell Raffle Tickets

Iѕ уоur school, church, or nоn-рrоfіt оrgаnіzаtіоn іn nееd оf rаіѕіng fundѕ fоr a worthy рrоjесt? Rаfflе ticket sales are еffесtіvе (and ѕіmрlе) fundraisers!

“Imрасt a Lіfе” соllеgе ѕсhоlаrѕhір essayist Nicolas Ingle dоеѕ a ѕрlеndіd jоb іn outlining thе many bеnеfіtѕ and a formula for hоldіng a successful rаfflе fundrаіѕеr in order to raise funds for marching band uniforms.

Nicolas is a student at Oxford College of Emory University. Good luck with your studies Nicolas!

“Impact a Life” Scholarship contributor: Nicolas Ingle

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My classmates and I were the fourth graduating class of my high school. When I entered high school, we did not have a marching band, but we could participate in the marching band of another high school for three years. The inaugural season for the marching band at my school was fall 2015, and I was voted to be the band captain. There was no money in the school budget to provide uniforms for the band, so my parents helped me to design a pancake breakfast fundraiser with the goal of raising money for uniforms and instruments.

We partnered with a local restaurant that donated the venue, pancakes, butter, syrup, mixed fruit, plates, cups, silverware, napkins, soda, tea, and coffee. A separate local business donated sausage, milk, and orange juice for the breakfast, plus a new tablet computer as a prize for the student who sold the most tickets. We established three seating times and printed tickets for the maximum capacity of the restaurant for each forty-five-minute block. The students in middle school concert band sold tickets for the first seating. The students in high school concert band sold tickets for the middle seating. The students in marching band sold tickets for the late seating.

One of the possible problems I saw with hosting a pancake breakfast was trying to figure out how much food we would need. We designed and distributed two types of tickets based on our school colors. Maroon tickets were sold to people who planned to attend the breakfast, while white “in-absentia” tickets were sold to people who were unable to attend the breakfast but wanted to support the fundraiser. We thought that by allowing grandparents, family, and friends who do not live in town or who had prior obligations to buy a ticket, we would raise more money. By having two different color tickets, it was also easy to track how many tickets of each type were sold. This allowed us to have a good headcount for attendance. The juniors and seniors in the leadership team worked at the breakfast to clear the tables and refresh drinks. We also cleaned the restaurant before it opened to the public for its regular lunch service.

We sold a total of three hundred and fifty total tickets. About a dozen extra people dropped in at the door to eat and also made donations. With ticket sales, tips collected on the day of the event, and some additional donations, we raised just over $5,000. Two band students sold over 50 tickets each, with the rest of the sales dispersed across the other eighty plus members. The money we raised will be used as seed money to form a band booster organization within the school to help raise the remaining $20,000 that is needed to buy full uniforms.

When our band director told us that we needed to raise over $25,000 to buy new uniforms for the marching band, I felt overwhelmed. I knew that no one could afford to pay almost $1,000 for a uniform, but I wanted to help to raise money for my school. Marching uniforms give us a sense of school pride in our show, and it is something that I want the underclassmen to be able to experience. I was very proud of my fellow band-mates for selling so many tickets the first year, and the success of the breakfast means that it will be continued as an annual event. I learned how to conceptualize a fund raiser, advertise for it, create tickets, and execute a successful event. Not only did I graduate with a sense of accomplishment, but I also laid a foundation that I hope the underclassmen will build upon.

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