The Peaks and Pitfalls of Fundraising
Big on dreams. Short on cash. Isn’t that the case every hockey season? The challenge is to find fundraisers that are big on cash and short on stress. The season is stressful enough, you certainly don’t want to be the source of duck and cover syndrome with family and friends. They see you coming and yell, “Duck everyone and cover your wallet!” I was grateful the year our team abandoned product hawking in favor of team fundraising projects. We packed restaurants that would give us a slice of their profits on our designated night. It’s was one less meal to cook and another chance to get to know everyone outside of the rink. We also made hundreds by teaming up to sell pucks for fans to chuck at a Syracuse Crunch Hockey game. Our neighborhood bottle and can drive was a huge success with a $700.00 profit! Our roundup of returnables was hard work, but it also rewarded teamwork. Finding the right team fundraisers can set the right tone for your kids, and allow parents to find common ground. Early bonding can go a long way during a long, cold season. So, the next time your team asks you to help out with fund raising, keep in mind, you can gain a lot more than money when you work together for a common goal.