Raise Money Before the Big Day

by admin on March 25, 2014

Fundraising and event planning can be stressful, but very, very rewarding. If you have an event coming up and you want to get a jump start on your fundraising goal, get creative! Raise money before the event so guests won’t feel like they have to give when they’re at your event, having a good time.

Here are a few suggestions.

Text a Donation: Many charities have worked with phone companies to set up special texting services that raise money for your organisation. Send out an email or facebook blast a few days before the event. Encourage guests to text the provided number to donate a small amount ($5-15). The price for the service is minimal, the charge shows up on the guests’ phone bill, and it takes less than a minute!

You can even keep it going at the event. Announce during the event that you’d like to raise a certain amount in the next 10 minutes, give your guests the number, and watch them reach for their phones!

Online Auction: Are you hosting an auction or raffle? Post the items online so donors can browse the selection and see what others are bidding. Announce certain items via social media to get your guests talking about the auction. Anticipation for the items will build in the days leading up to the event, leading to higher donations, with a final rally for bids at the actual event.

Start a Social Media Campaign: Encourage supporters to use social media to spread the word about your upcoming event. Promote last minute tickets sales by sharing links on Facebook, and offer free tickets to one lucky person who likes, shares, or comments on your link. Create a fun hashtag for guests to use on Twitter and Instagram. Tell guests to take a picture of their event ticket or invitation and post it on Instagram. Suggest that your guests bring a +1 (partner or friend) to your event on Google+.

Don’t pressure yourself to reach your entire fundraising goal at your event. Your guests want to have a great time while supporting your charity. Encouraging early donations can take that pressure off during the event so you can truly celebrate your work and your supporters. Have fun and raise that money!

 

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The Divine Divas Show Hits Melbourne May 2013

If you’re into live events that include Vegas-style portrayals of the biggest superstars on the planet, this is one show you won’t want to miss! The incredible Divine Divas show is a delightfully decadent two hour tribute performance that will feature extravagant portrayals of twenty world-famous superstars, like Cher, Madonna, Liza, Beyonce, Pink, Tina, Dolly, Kylie, and many more.

This flamboyant tribute to our favorite divas is always evolving, and was started by Warren Gooch, the talented founding cast member, and styled by the brilliant modern choreographer, Leigh Kempster.

Truly a Spectacular Event

This captivating event will take place on 18 May at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne. Fun for the whole family, this performance is sure to amaze with all the glamour and glitz of a Vegas-inspired extravaganza.

With very high heels and a whole lot of class, Divine Divas will feature sixteen of the most exceptional female impersonators in jaw-dropping transformations that include donning sensational pieces from an authentically reproduced wardrobe valued at more than $200,000.

More than 60,000 Australians and New Zealanders have had the pleasure of enjoying this fabulous event first hand.

Be sure to get your tickets soon so you don’t miss out on all the incredible fun!

How to Get Inspired

Whether or not you can afford to make it to The Palms for this decedent event, you need not despair. Take the idea for a tribute show and run with it. Get a group of friends together, decide on the kind of famous stars you’d like to portray, and hit up the second hand stores for your costumes.

If you want to really get into it, print up some low cost, high quality event tickets, and raise money for a good cause, like a local charity or a non-profit organisation you support.

Promoting your event well is a good start. Start by developing a plan of action. Will you send out emails? Print flyers? Mail personalized invitations? All of these ideas will work, and many times they work best when done in tandem.

Once you’ve promoted your glamourous event, decide on a ticket price that’s low enough to appeal to the masses, but high enough so you can make your money back and have a little something extra.

You can either donate it, or keep it for yourself to use for your next event.

 

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Formula 1® Rolex Grand Prix Hits Australia 14 March – 17 March 2013

Gentlemen (and women), start your engines! If you’re a racing fan in Australia, one of the most exciting events of the year is soon to come your way. Starting 14 March, Melbourne’s fabulous Albert Park will become home to the first leg of this year’s Formula One World Championship™ season.

Local fans have a lot to look forward to with two well-known Aussies, Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo, lined up against each other for the second consecutive year.

Not only that, but with more than four Formula One World Champions™ listed on the track, this event will no doubt be very exciting start to the racing season.

Breakfast with the Stars

Just one of many events that will take place during this action-packed weekend, the exclusive Grand Prix Breakfast will be hosted Saturday the 16th at one of Melbourne’s chicest venues, the Crown Palladium.

This brand new 2013 event will feature notable appearances from special guests in motorsport and racing, like Kimi Räikkönen, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez. You’ll also be captivated by performances from popular names in entertainment, like Ricki-Lee Coulter and Aussie Legend Jimmy Barnes.

And if that’s not enough to feed your fancy, you can relish in performances by Cirque du Soleil’s Australian tour of OVO.

Buy a premium ticket to this event, and you’ll get the incredible chance to have one of the top names in motorsport to join you at your table.

Tickets, Get Your Tickets!

Ticket buyers have the option of purchasing a four-day pass as well as individual, daily passes. Not only is this convenient for the fans, but you can even attend the event on Thursday for FREE!

See the Total Oil International Sports Cars Qualifying Session and the Mazda 6 Celebrity Challenge Qualifying Session, in addition to numerous practice sessions, at absolutely no charge to you. Does it get any better than that?

It certainly could! If you can get in free on Thursday the 14th, why not celebrate the money you saved by hosting your own motorsport get together?

Instead of dishing out a pretty penny to buy day-passes, find some low cost event tickets and host your own race-viewing event on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

You could have it at the local pub, in your own home, or anywhere there’s a telly big enough for all your friends to see the racecars zooming, and loud enough to hear the engines revving.

 

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Sydney’s 2013 Mardi Gras Festival Celebrates LGBTQI Pride

The Sydney Mardi Gras Festival has been celebrating LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, and intersex) pride for over 30 years. This year, the 2013 35th Anniversary Festival brings you an entire month of fabulous fun. Running from 8 February to 3 March, Sydney Mardi Gras will feature everything from events to parties to performing arts, with an uber-glamorous Parade to top it all off.

Set to officially launch on Friday, 8 February at noon, the festival season will start with the raising of the flag by the Lord Mayor at Town Hall. Then, get ready to get your groove on with some of the best and most diverse entertainment you’ll ever get your paws on in one place.

Sydney’s Most Posh Parade

The largest and most glamourous Parade of its calibre the world over, Sydney’s 35th Mardi Gras Parade is one you absolutely won’t want to miss. Starting just before 8pm on Saturday, 2 March, this Parade is a colourful, unique, eclectic, and above all creative celebration of the power and beauty of diversity.

If you adore being treated like a VIP, then Glamstand is the place to be for the ultimate viewing of the Festival’s infamous Parade. Indulge in gourmet food, classy bars, and everything else you could want for the best viewing experience.

Find yourself smack in the middle of all the marvelous sights of the Parade when you watch from Club Tropicana. The hottest possible viewing spot available, the Club will feature live music from notable DJs like Josh Kirby and David DC.

And there’s more than just music. Club Tropicana also provides you with a host to keep you smiling and make sure you don’t miss any of the fabulous entrants.

Join the Party

From official after parties to the exuberant Harbour Party ’13, Sydney will be more than bustling with incredible events to attend, even after the Festival packs up each night.

If, for some strange reason, you can’t find a party that’s just right for you, don’t fret! Why not throw your very own Sydney Mardi Gras after party?

It may not be official, but it will most certainly be fun. Print up some of your own low cost, high quality event tickets, and invite all your favourite friends, family, or co-workers.

8 February is coming on soon, so start getting ready for the celebration today!

 

 

 

 

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Sailing a Sea of Opportunity

by admin on December 7, 2012

Thousands Attracted to the 2013 Festival of Sails

When it comes to traditional sporting events, there’s one festival in Victoria that stands out among all others: namely, the Festival of Sails. Set to take place during the celebratory Australia Day weekend, this unique event is guaranteed to put the wind back in your sails.

January 2013 will bring over four hundred yachts and more than four thousand competitors to Victoria for the purpose of competing in the state’s oldest ongoing sports event. The world-renown Festival of Sails is the biggest yearly keel boat regatta in the entire hemisphere.

With fifteen different races, the Festival of Sails includes a diverse number of competitors, from high performance Grand Prix racers to Trailable cruising yachts.

Out on the Open Water

Hundreds upon thousands of people are expected to show up during next month’s Australia Day Long Weekend. There’s good reason so many spectators come to watch and so many yacht-owners come ready to compete.

Geelong’s fabulous waterfront is an attraction itself, but with thousands of competitors and so many different races, there really will be something for every sailor.

Festival attendees will enjoy live music and other live entertainment, have the freedom to browse artsy crafts stalls, and can even frequent the friendly kid’s zone that’s fun for the whole family.

To top it all off, you’ll be able to participate in on and off-water activities open to the every festival attendee. And with gourmet food and wine, the Festival of Sails won’t leave you hungry or thirsty.

Seize the Day

Don’t let your opportunity sail by! With over one hundred thousand spectators showing up, now is the chance that every event planner has been waiting for.

After the fireworks are shown and the festival winds down for the night, host your own event and keep the festive atmosphere alive.

Printing low-cost event tickets is a great start. No need to get too fancy, simply choose a design that reflects your theme, or if you’re feeling creative, design your own theme that’s completely unique to your event.

Whether you love sailing, appreciate the open water, or just want to get geared up for the Long Weekend this January, join the festivities by hosting your own event in tandem with the most traditional sporting event in the state.

 

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How the 2012 Pan Pacific Masters Games Helps Celebrate Sports the World Over

The world had the chance to watch the greatest competitors in their field compete for gold, silver and bronze medals at the London Olympics this year. But when it comes to sports competitions, the Olympics are known for only allowing the ‘cream of the crop’ to compete against each other.

With so many hoops to jump through in addition to difficult qualifying standards for each sport, getting into the Olympics is probably more difficult than the general public could ever imagine.

This leaves out a great many people the world over who enjoy, play, and may be very good at a variety of sports. Just because you aren’t the absolute best at something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to compete in the sport(s) you love.

Not Just the Best, but the REST!

That’s why the 8th Pan Pacific Masters Games brings you thirty-eight different sports competitions, with absolutely no qualifying time to join the fun.

Scheduled from 3 to 11 November this year in the well-known Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Games will not only have sports, but nightly entertainment, catered hospitality, and a place for the competitors to enjoy the social camaraderie that goes along with the theme of friendly competition.

Hosted every other November, the Pan Pacific Masters Games present a chance for the everyday person to play their favorite sport and join a competition that is as fun as it is challenging.

Forget the Red Tape

There are 12,000 anticipated participants for the Pan Pacific Masters Games from countries all over the world. The intent is to give everyone the chance to compete at a unique, multi-national level.

Instead of rigid qualifying times, the only requirement for entrance into the Masters Games is a simple age requirement for your sport of choice (which is usually thirty years of age).

Run with the Idea

Unfortunately, there are two fees associated with entrance into the Masters Games. If you’re interested in eliminating fees and getting around age group rules for a little sports player of your own, consider setting up your own sports event!

Save money by printing your own event tickets. You need only charge enough to break even, which should be significantly less than the fees associated with the Games.

While you may not be able to invite players from around the world, you can celebrate sports with your local community and carry on the important theme of friendly competition.

 

 

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How to Throw a Great Halloween Party

While Halloween has been considered an American holiday in the past, in more recent times, Halloween has been gaining steam in Australia, with many children across the country planning to go trick-or-treating, families carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, and Halloween events popping up all over the place.

From creepy haunted houses to the incredible Magique Halloween Circus, events of all kinds have been organised for Halloween 2012, promising a spooky good time for all who attend.

But if you’d rather organise your own freaky-themed party to celebrate All Saints’ Day, you’re in luck. Here, we’ve got an itemised list of everything we think you’ll need to plan a spooktacular party all on your own.

What You Need to Host a Great Halloween Party

  1. Costumes – Not only will you need a costume yourself, you’ll also need a few extra for anyone who forgets to dress up. If you have back up, no one at your party will feel left out because they didn’t come dressed to impress. Have a few extra masks on hand that are easy to slip on.
  2. Tricks – To get the party started and keep it flowing, gather your guests together for some freaky Halloween games. These games are a fun way to break the ice or get over any lull that your spooky event may encounter.
  3. Treats – One word: Lollies. If you offer an array of colors, there should be something to keep everyone happy. And if you’re hosting a party in your own home, you’ll want to be ready for the trick-or-treaters who come by too.
  4. Invitations – Get a good turnout for your Halloween party by sending personalised invitations to everyone on your guest list. You can find some freakishly fun Halloween themed Invitations that will remind your guests exactly where to be and what time the party starts.
  5. Event Tickets – Make your party into an EVENT by printing Event Tickets with a haunted Halloween image on them. Especially if you’re in the run to supply your partiers with food and drinks, you’ll want to charge an appropriate amount that recoups the cost so you can break even.

Keep it simple, and keep it scary. You don’t need to go all out to throw a great Halloween party. With a bit of planning and organisation, you can host such a horror-bly good party that your guests will be begging for you to throw one again next year.

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Print Event Tickets for Your Own Australian Christmas Party

As Southern Australia cools down for the winter months, consider doing a bit of celebrating. Take a clue from the Blue Mountains and their traditional Yulefest if you’re not sure how to party. This winter festival is so popular that even parts of Sydney have begun to join in on the annual celebration.

If you can make it out to the Blue Mountains for Yulefest, you’ll enjoy a variety of different venues with packages for a “Christmas in July” party. But if you can’t quite get all the way out there, no worries! Consider the option of hosting a holiday party of your very own.

Have it Your Way

Back when we were rug-rats, we all wished Christmas could come twice a year. Well, our prayers have been answered! In the spirit of Yulefest, you can throw your own Christmas party anytime during the months of June, July, or August.

It doesn’t matter what kind of business you’re in, or whether you have anything to do with business. Anyone can throw a successful event that’s also a ripper of a time for everyone who attends.

All you have to do is put a little thought into the prep and gather the right materials. Ask your friends and other contacts to help you out by donating any materials you don’t have outright.

Chances are, if you mention it’s a “Christmas in July” party you’re planning, people will be more than happy to help you out.

Keep the Knockers Quiet

Impress your friends and potential guests, and leave the critics speechless when you print spiffy-looking event tickets for your Christmas in July party.

Choose from a variety of unique ticket templates in the online gallery that allow you to enter your information easily, so you can print fast and get the tickets shipped to you without delay.

Your piggybank will thank you, too. All event tickets are printed full colour and full bleed, with detachable stubs, secure numbering, and even an option for booklet stapling. You get all this for a truly reasonable price, which is more than worthwhile.

The spirit of Yulefest is to celebrate Christmas in July, but don’t make it too serious.

Keep it fun and relaxing by uploading unique images onto your event tickets, or Design Your Own creative event ticket that speaks perfectly to your off-season Christmas party.

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How to Design Your Own Unique Event Tickets

We’ve all heard the saying, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Well, as it turns out, there’s more truth to this than we originally thought. While asking a friend for help certainly couldn’t hurt, when it comes to event planning and ticket printing, doing it yourself may be just what you need.

What exactly do we mean by this? We DON’T mean buying an expensive new printer and spending your time printing out your own tickets. We also DON’T mean painstakingly cutting them out by yourself in order to sell them individually.

What we DO recommend, is designing your own event tickets. That way, you get exactly what you want, in addition to what you need.

You CAN Always Get What You Want

If you’ve found yourself browsing countless online ticket templates without finding anything close to what you’ve visualised for your event, try the Design Your Own tool from Ticket River.

The Design Your Own tool gives you the freedom to create unique tickets by letting you choose your own personalised colours, pictures, logos, designs and text for your event ticket. This leaves you in complete control of your ticket design.

Imagine creating an event ticket that is attractive, yet expresses the nature of your event perfectly, right on the ticket. That would be smart AND savvy.

Don’t Settle for Anything Less

It’s simple to Design Your Own event tickets, and it’s a blast. With a user-friendly system and the ability to upload your own images, the task of creating event tickets becomes an adventure for advertising and interesting to anyone with a creative vision.

And if you’ve waited until the last moment to finalise details like tickets, worry not! Procrastinators are welcome at Ticket River. Once you’ve designed your own ticket, the turnaround time for printing is fast. Not only that, but your tickets will be printed in full digital colour for a totally professional look.

All event tickets come with detachable stubs, a convenient and handy item when trying to keep track of things in the throws of the actual event.

They’re also numbered to make the final count of attendees easier, and prevent ticket forgers from printing fakes – you’ll know a fake if you already seen the number on another ticket that day!

 

 

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Great Event Ticket Sales Start with Great Planning

Last week we discussed the initial phase of planning your fundraiser, but before you can start selling tickets to your big primary school fete, you’ll need to create the magical world of the fete on paper, sketching out all the important details.

Step 3: Advance Planning

Some big things to think about:

  • Location: Knowing which activities you wish to include and how many tickets you expect to sell allows you to determine how much space you need. If your fete won’t fit on the school grounds, you’ll have to find a bigger space!
  • Insurance: Be prepared for any eventuality. You may need to purchase additional insurance to the school’s coverage for this event.
  • Electricity: Play it safe. Hire a qualified professional.
  • Rides: There are plenty of companies to choose from. Do your research and book well in advance. Remember, other schools are planning their own fetes.
  • Entertainment: An emcee will help keep the program moving. Showcase your kids’ talents, local groups, emerging bands, and anyone else who can hold the students’ interest. They may like to see a demonstration by firefighters, martial artists, or acrobats.
  • Publicity: Let the world know! Print posters and flyers, send out print invitations, and send press releases to local papers, radio stations, and televisions stations. Post frequent reminders on your website, email newsletter, and social networks.
  • Tickets: You can print your event tickets in advance and sell them in the days leading up the fete as well as at the gate. You can print raffle tickets as well, and even food and drink tickets, to keep accounting simple.
  • Security: Find trustworthy people to man the gates, count the money, and keep the fete safe and fun.
  • Games: What sort of booths will you include? Games of chance and skill for all ages help increase your take. You can hire a company or create them yourself.
  • Food: Whether you hire outside vendors or cook it yourself, a fete requires lots of food, which helps you earn more money. Think fried and sweet!
  • First Aid: Accidents happen. Be prepared.

Step 4: Attract a Sponsor

Find a local business willing to underwrite your fete in exchange for some free publicity. Do any parents own restaurants or shops willing to donate food or prizes? Are there businesses near the school? Perhaps a local politician would be willing to help you. You can add their names and logos to all your printed publicity.

You can also increase the power of donations with a raffle. Use money to purchase prizes, or use interesting donations as prizes. Print raffle tickets and sell them in advance, and up to the day of the fete.

Don’t forget to thank everyone who helps out. Having children hand write thank you notes is a lovely idea.

Next week: Momentum

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