TeeTaa Posted September 20, 2004 Share Posted September 20, 2004 Calling all artists and crafters! The great LCSC board members have given me the go-ahead to pursue a fundraising opportunity for this website, but I'll need some help from some of you to make it happen. Here's the deal: At our local elementary school, I'm chairing the PTA's Holiday Extravaganza (HE) event to be held on Saturday, December 4, 2004. This fundraising event consists of many activities - booksignings, silent auction for themed baskets prepared by each class (this is where the PTA makes most of its money), bake sale, fashion show, entertainment, poinsettia sales, storytelling, kids' craft area, and two shopping areas - one for adults, and one for kids, with items priced at $5 or less. The shopping area is made up of tables/booths that we sell to artists and crafters. For a booth/table, we charge only $25, and ask that they provide an item for the silent auction, but the artists/crafters keep 100% of their sales. My idea is this - how 'bout LCSC having a booth/table (I'd paid for it) where we sell art/craft items donated by members (i.e. Fay's eggs, those earrings someone made, etc.) I don't think the actual LCSC logo'd items would sell, since this is not a "cancer" audience. LCSC members would make/produce items that could be either very artsy things (paintings, pottery, etc.), middle-of-the-road things (jewelry, etc.) or even small things for the kids' shopping area. One particular thing that I think would sell very well is Christmas ornaments (wooden, clay, etc.) that could be customized with names written with permanent marker. Members would send the items to me, and I (along with a little help from my family and friends!) could set up and man the booth, return the unsold items to the respective members, and send the proceeds to LCSC. Of course we would keep a detailed inventory of everything to provide to the board and to everyone who contributes items to sell. A little about the school and the event - Mountain Park Elementary (www.mpes.org) is a public elementary school with 750+/- kids in grades K-5. Our PTA is incredibly active, and has an excellent reputation for putting on such events. (If you're familiar with PTA organizations, you'll appreciate that our budget is in excess of $140,000 and as VP-Fund Development I am responsible for raising $34,000, half of which is already in the bank, less than two months into the school year!) We did not have Holiday Extravaganza last year, but in past years when it was held we've had attendance of more than 900. This year I anticipate that number being significantly higher, as I'm partnering with a local bookstore to schedule booksignings throughout the day. Suffice it to say that our school is VERY well supported by its parents, teachers, students, administration, and community. So I have every reason to believe we can make some money for LCSC through this avenue. If you are at all interested in helping me to pursue this opportunity, please e-mail me at email@example.com as I'd like to set up a database of e-mail addresses of all the artists/crafters/helpers. I also welcome any input you might have regarding how this might be better handled. And if you're in the Southeast, plan to be in town on December 4th, and I'll put you to work! Thanks so much for your help - Katha Stuart (aka TeeTaa) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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