Steven Moser essay
Topic: 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?
Since the beginning of my career, I have been fortunate to be involved in an industry that is able to make a major impact on local communities and give back not only financially, but also through providing once in a lifetime experiences to less fortunate children and families. I have been involved in the world of sports since my first undergraduate internship with the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL in 2007. I worked with the Sabres in their Community Relations department, where we were responsible for finding creative ways to raise money for the organization’s nonprofit, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.
The Buffalo Sabres foundation was an incredible thing to be a part of, in addition to raising money for local hospitals and cancer research institutes, we were able to give back to schools and underprivileged neighborhood kids by bringing players to the schools to meet them or giving them opportunities to come to games. The organization has also been able to make incredible impact in assisting with local sporting organizations for physically and mentally challenged athletes. In order to provide these types of opportunities and funding to local organizations, our department was responsible for coming up with creative ways to raise money through events and raffles.
While we would hold events like silent auctions, casino nights, autograph signings, and other things for fans to attend that would benefit the Sabres Foundation, our most consistent fundraiser that benefitted the program was our nightly 50/50 raffle at every home game. The results of our 50/50 raffle were undeniable as the pots brought in at each game would rarely drop below $10,000 and sometimes would reach almost as high as $30,000. It was quite clear that raffles like this are a great way for nonprofits to raise money in an efficient manner that provides a low-risk, fun experience for those who are able to make a donation.
Over the course of that year I spent in the Sabres Community Relations department, we were able to raise over $750,000. With a good portion of that coming from holding 50/50 raffles at their 41 home games they play ever year, it is clearly an incredible way for them to build a solid foundation for their nonprofit to ensure they are able to make a significant contribution to the community each year. Personally, I have been enriched by this experience because it was my first opportunity to work in sports and it showed me how much of an impact an organization like this can mean to a community. These teams are looked up to by children and adults everywhere, and they should always return the support they receive from their community by giving back to those in need. While I no longer work directly for one team, I have been acting as a consultant to organizations across the world. My experience with the Buffalo Sabres has not only enriched me, but allows me to share these experiences with business professionals in sport across the world.
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