Organizing a Raffle Fundraiser Pays Off
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It all started inÂ the year 2006. I was in the 8th grade when I received a letter at school promoting an organization called People to People Student Ambassadors. I remember being given the letter and tearing through it profusely. My eyes lit up. It was a brochure for a 30 day trip abroad to the UK and Ireland. I didn’t know it in that moment butÂ 10 months from that day I would be boarding an international plane for the very first time. I would beÂ surrounded by 30 strangers my age who would become 30 of my closest friendsÂ and I would be introduced toÂ 3 inspiringÂ adults who would lead us on our journey. I didn’t know it then because I never would have imagined that my family could ever afford to send me on a seven thousand dollar trip. Here’s how we made it happen.
First my dad and I came up with a 9 month action plan. I remember he had this giant whiteboard where he sectioned it off with different fundraising ideas. We tried all of them. First we pairedÂ with a friend who grooms dogs and hadÂ a neighborhood dog wash, it lasted all weekend and we made a whopping $850. We helped their pups and they helped us!Â Next we made 400 popsicles with all natural ingredients and by setting up a stand during a local town festival we managed to sell out within 4 hours. It was so hot that day in September, we gave the community a cool treat and they gave us their support.Â The popsicles were priced at $3.00 each, soÂ we made about $1,200.00 with those. After that we had a massiveÂ garage sell. My parents were divorced (but still friends)Â so we had twoÂ households worth of stuff plus donations by friends, neighborsÂ and family. We kept the garage sale open all weekend and made a little over $2,200.00! A few few weeks after that we approached the local bakery and set up a fundraiser offering toÂ sellÂ their mini, medium and large pies. I don’t believe they realized just how many pies we were about to sell for them. I remember spending two months advertising and spreading the word on these pies. By the time 60 days had passed we had made over $1500.00! By now we were just shy of our $7,000 goal. I couldn’t believe it!
Fortunately the rest of the was pooled together by my parentsÂ but I’llÂ never forget the hard work and delicate planning that it took to organize each fundraising event. Never had I ever experienced anything quite like that and I remember feeling at first that it was impossible. Thanks to my local community, friends and family I was able to have an incredible life changing experience that has helped shaped me to become theÂ person that I amÂ today. I feel very fortunate to have had so much support and even more fortunate to have had that opportunity.
â€œImpact a Lifeâ€ Scholarship contributor:Â Whitney Rose
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