Fundraiser Raises Money for KC Braves with Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament
Gladstone, Missouri supported their boys’ baseball team, the KC Braves, with a KC Braves Fundraiser. The March 29th fundraiser was a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament held at the Diebold Banquet Hall (which is also the site for the Knights of Columbus Council 3414).
Melissa Guerra, one of the people behind the fundraiser, discussed why the fundraiser was necessary. “We were raising money for our 9U Kid Pitch Team so that we can attend tournaments and buy new equipment,” she said.
To get the event ready, Guerra and the team behind the fundraiser ordered flyers and tickets online, which Guerra said they used as their main marketing tools. “We went around to local businesses and handed out our very professional looking flyers. [We] basically [went] to local events within the community…greeting people an handing them flyers.”
So how did the event go? “The event went Great!” said Guerra. “We raised money for our team and with the use of the tickets I was able to keep track of how much money was made on ticket sales alone. We ordered the tickets that had the numbers on them which helped tremendously!”
The best part of the night for Guerra included “[t]he people we met and the evening…as a whole.” “We had great food and great people, which made for a great night!” she said.
One part of the night included an admirable show of goodwill. “We had cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and our 1st place winner actually donated a portion of his winnings back to the team,” said Guerra. “It was a wonderful gesture, and our team felt very honored to have a community come together for our local youth!”
Are you developing an event similar to the one Guerra and her team put together? If so, Guerra suggests making sure your promotional materials are as professional as possible.
“Definitely spend the few extra dollars to print your flyers and tickets,” she said. “It was worth it and businesses are more likely to help accommodate and sponsor an event that is professional in advertising because [advertising is] what they plan on doing at your event.”
Do you have a little league team in your community that you’d like to raise money for? Discuss your plans for helping your community’s youth in the comments section!