Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Youth Hockey FUNdraising

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.

                                                      BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVES
*Promote the drive- Send out flyers with information about your drive and also a phone number. People may call and offer to drop their cans and bottles off at your Redemption Center. *Pick a good time Timing is everything. Our team leader picked the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Neighbors were eager to rid their garages of emptied containers after their Thanksgiving feasts; they were in a generous spirit as well. *Divide kids up with different age groups or different positions so they get to know other players *Wear team jerseys or T-shirts with logo- It legitimizes the operation and reinforces the team concept for the kids. *Coach should speak- Hit all the important rules about safety and good manners. *Find a kind and willing Redemption Center-that will let you set up an account for your team so folks can donate year-round.

Have a Gala for the parents of your hockey players. You can raise money by selling tickets, solicit door prizes or prizes for silent auctions from parents or local businesses. How is your team raising money?
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