Having a Raffle to Reach Your Money Goals
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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?
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While in high school I was apart of my school’s chapter of SkillsUSA.Â SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. I went to a vocational high school, so SkillsUSA
is almost the equivalent for DECA. I was only in it for my last two years of high school. This first year I was the parliamentarian and I worked my way up to become the president my second year. Each year each schoolâ€™s chapter from Massachusetts attends a leadership conference that SkillsUSA holds in November. At this conference each school is required to pledge a certain amount of money they are willing to raise for two different foundations that SkillsUSA promotes. Each year we raise money for the Be Like Brit Foundation and also the Doug Flutie Foundation. As president it is my job to get everyone in my chapter to participate in raising money. Each year we have never had a problem raising a pledge goal, but we never stop at the goal. We like to see how much above our goal we are able to raise.
Our main fundraiser is a raffle that is held at a local venue and we invite teachers, parents of students and people in the local area. Each year we are lucky enough to get many generous donations from different businesses and families. Each item that is donated is then put up for raffle at the event. We are able to get gift bags from Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks along with gift cards from local restaurants such as the 99 and the Outback. The raffle is always a success because we are able to get donations of things that people actually want. Itâ€™s also a fun night for the adults to come and hang out and give back to their communities and these foundations. Business and families canâ€™t always give money, so having a raffle gives them another way to help the cause.
The use of social media is a big help in getting people to come to the raffle. Our biggest platform that we used ws Facebook. Where I am from almost every town has their own Facebook page where all the moms are on. This is a great way to get the word out and raise awareness for the foundations. It is very rewarding to see what we can accomplish when we come together and work hard. Also, when we think about it, almost every other school is raising about the same amount of money we are if not more or maybe a little less. SkillsUSA in other states also have the same requirements for their chapters. When added together, we make a true difference for these fundraiser that might not be as popular as others. Each charters small contributions are monumental when all the chapters fundraising is put together. Iâ€™m not sure how theother chapters raise their money but I wouldnâ€™t doubt it if they also use raffles as a mean to reach their money goals.