A Raffle Brings Positive Benefits To a Community
Mаnу thanks аnd gratitude tо “Imрасt a Lіfе” ѕсhоlаrѕhір wrіtеr Leah Sprague fоr tаkіng оn thе fоllоwіng еѕѕау tоріс ѕо сrеаtіvеlу:
Chrоnісlе a ѕuссеѕѕful rаfflе fundrаіѕіng campaign уоu or a fаmіlу member has bееn a раrt оf. Whаt rеѕultѕ were асhіеvеd? How dіd іt hеlр thе organization аnd/оr thе соmmunіtу it was mеаnt tо bеnеfіt? Hоw did the еxреrіеnсе еnrісh you?
Thаnk уоu ѕо muсh Leah fоr describing your personal experience in holding fundraisers for your theater group. . Leah attends the University of Pennsylvania. Good luck Leah!
“Impact a Life” Scholarship contributor: Leah Sprague
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My town’s youth theatre was a big part of my childhood. My mother was on the board, my father was a frequent volunteer, and my two younger siblings and I each participated in countless summer camps, afterschool care, and plays. Going to the Youth Theatre felt like a second home. The building was old and falling apart, but my siblings and I knew every nook and cranny, from the dark passageways around the mainstage to the secret closets tucked above the ticket office that held props from decades before.
Despite the important role the theatre played in my life and our local community, it was constantly suffering financially. In addition to relying heavily on generous volunteers and donations, the theatre had a raffle for every play. Theatre patrons would donate thoughtful gift baskets or services related to themes in the play to be raffled off. During the Wizard of Oz, for example, someone would donate a beautiful pair of glittery red ballet flats, a blue checker-lined basket with items like a stuffed lion and gold coins, or for an hour of computer help with “The Wizard.” As a child, I used to love meticulously analyzing each item displayed outside the main stage, before the show started or during intermission. My siblings and I would bet on which items would get the most raffle tickets, and would sometimes beg our mother for a certain item. Our theatre was a very close community, and I used to love when my mom would report back to me which family won each item.
These raffles played an important part in financially supporting the theatre. Despite the many generous supporters, many local theatres such as our own youth theatre was still having a difficult time staying afloat. Although these raffles were not a significant source of income, the Recession in 2008 as well as pressures from local politics made the profits from the raffles increasingly important. The extra bit of income could pay for a new costume or subsidize a child’s afterschool care fee.
To me, these raffles played an extremely important role in bringing our community together. Everyone contributed in some way to the raffle, all to show support for the theatre. Most members of the community had donated a service or an item for a gift basket, and even more had bought raffle tickets at some point. However, everyone always stayed a little longer after the show to stay and look at the raffle items. The raffle an important part of the overall theatre experience and played an important role in keeping the theatre alive financially.
Unfortunately, the theatre has since shut its doors as our town grew and had to make room for the elementary school. However, the positive benefits that these raffles brought to the theatre and our community continue to impact my perception of raffles today. A raffle requires the support of an entire community; the donor, the participants, the winner. The raffles at our beloved local youth theatre showed me how the power of group of people coming together for a common cause.
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