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 2013 Boomerang Festival Comes to NSW This Month

Calling all Australians! Come celebrate Indigenous heritage and culture to the fullest at the Boomerang Festival this year. A ‘New World’ festival that’s open to everyone, the Boomerang Festival takes place 4-6 October at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in New South Wales. Join the festival and immerse yourself in the experience of music, film, dance, theatre, comedy, and much, much more.

The first festival of its breed the world over, never before has there been the opportunity for so many people to join in the celebration of Indigenous culture on this level, with such ease.

This event is set to happen right in your own backyard, in fabulous Byron Bay, making it much more accessible than any other experience of its kind.

All about the Boomerang

This unique and incredibly diverse festival will feature the best the original culture has to offer in the arts, in music and musicianship, dance, theatre, ideas–you name it! With not one or two, but four different stages to host performances over the three-day long weekend, you can experience that which defines Indigenous culture in modern-day Australia for yourself at the Boomerang Festival.

An event that knows no boundaries and is open to every Australian, the Boomerang Festival invites you to join in the celebration of the oldest living culture around and experience exchanges that would not otherwise be possible.

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble, one of the festival’s partners, says of the fest:

“Boomerang is a Festival of Indigenous ideas, of all aspects of our original culture. We think now is the right time to show the viability and value of Australian Indigenous culture in an accessible event which will give all Australians a sense of pride on experiencing the best of the best in Indigenous arts today.”

Summer Camping Special

Not only does the Boomerang Festival sound like the event of the season, but if you enjoy camping, then this is the perfect fest for you. Tickets are still available, so if you’re planning to attend last minute, don’t forget to pick up your camping pass!

Make your festival experience event more comfortable when you reserve a tent motel in advance. Each tent motel comes with an already set-up tent, awning, roll-up windows and complimentary bedding.

And if you want to bring your home-away-from-home, purchase an extra-large vehicle ticket, and you can bring your RV or camper!

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The British & Irish Lions Rugby Team Tour Australia in 2013

For rugby fans all over the nation, June and July 2013 are two of the most exciting months to occur during the last 12 years. The British and Irish Lions Rugby Team will tour Australia for nine incredible matches in six different cities. This uncommon event only takes place in Australia once every 12 years, so anyone who’s a lover of rugby should make a point not to miss this dynamic occurrence.

The six-week Australian tour, where the British and Irish Lions will take on the five Australian Super 15 Rugby teams, has set dates in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, and Newcastle, and they include 3 test matches along with the series final on 6 July.

How to Fight Like a Lion

Since 1888, the British and Irish Lions rugby team has travelled across the world to play matches against elite international competitors. These gifted and determined players will usually only see one Australian tour during their career, so the two-month event is an honour and opportunity for each one to show off their superior rugby skills.

To be selected for the British and Irish Lions rugby team is the highest privilege for any rugby player from Ireland, England, Scotland or Wales.

Because the Lions only tour once every four years, and the location rotates between Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand, this year’s rugby tour is considered the biggest event in rugby to hit Australia since the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Battling the “Sea of Red”

Tickets for the 125th Anniversary Tour are on sale now, and rugby fans are encouraged to grab them while they’re still available. But, in case you can’t make it to a match in person, you can catch the competition on TV at a local pub, or in your home (as long as you have access to the network that’s showing the games, Foxtel).

With a rugby event this big, you might even want to make your own event out of it by hosting a viewing party or an after-party. Print up some handy invitations, send them out to all your fellow rugby fans, and invite them to join you in celebrating the festivities of this once-every-twelve-year competition.

Just remember to keep it friendly and fabulous. Not only are there a lot of Australian fans out there, but many British and Irish Lions fans are likely to make the journey to cheer their team on as well.

 

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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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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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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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Sell the Most Tickets to the Most Successful School Fete

You’ve done all the advance planning, and fete day has arrived. Hopefully, you have a moment to enjoy your own festival after all this planning, but your work isn’t done yet.

Step 7: The Clock is Ticking

All volunteers and convenors should show up early, dressed in some way to indicate that they are staff. You can print matching T-shirts, or ask them to wear a simple uniform. Armbands, hats, or badges can also work. Lanyards with real ID badges are not terribly expensive. Use these to easily identify authorised personnel!

Be helpful. Designate a central coordinator who’s knowledgeable enough to direct traffic, help people find missing parts, and clear away all the vehicles before your gates open. Share as much information as possible. You should also spend the time before you start taking tickets helping everyone who is helping you.

Go around and check that everyone has everything they need. Check all electrical connections. Create a schedule for collecting money throughout the day. Run through everything that can be run through and make sure, in advance, that everything work. Now, open the gates. Start selling tickets. Have fun!

Step 8: Aftercare

The fair is over, but your job isn’t. Your clean up committee should be striking the set, and you need to ensure that the space is cleared properly. But you’re still not done.

First of all, show your volunteers some appreciation. A nice barbecue is a welcome reward for tired parents. They will be keen to know how much money you’ve made, so have that information on hand, if possible. Then deal with any leftover food. It can be sent home with volunteers, or even sent to a homeless shelter. Now you can sleep!

Still, there is more work to be done. Thank you notes all around! Send them to sponsors, volunteers, and anyone who helped make your fete a success. Print them publically in newsletters. Write up some articles about the fete, including a number to describe your financial success along with some information about how that money will be used.

Finally, gather together anyone who is still willing to help and create the handover book: a document with all the details anyone might need to duplicate your success next year!

 

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Behind the Ticket Sales: The Days and Minutes before the Event

In last week’s post, we discussed all the planning that goes into creating a memorable primary school fete. By this point, you know what you’re going to do. Once all the plans for your big school fete are in place, all you’ve got to do is ensure that everything is executed smoothly.

Step 5: Lend a Hand?

The Fete Planning Committee has likely already taken on many roles. Now you need to reach out for more volunteers to keep the days’ events flowing. Make a list of all the jobs that need to be filled—stall roster, floating roster, ticket sellers—and begin to circulate a sign-up sheet, asking parents and other supporters to volunteer an hour or two of their time.

The important thing is to ask everyone personally to help. It’s harder to say no to an individual, even if they’re on the phone, than it is to a newsletter or email. Contact every parent and explain that you’re asking for a very small time commitment. Pair experienced volunteers with new ones, and don’t give anyone more work than they can handle. Their volunteer experience should be fun and rewarding.

Step 6: The Clock is Ticking

The day before the fete, get into motion. Here’s a short checklist of things to be done in the hours before the fete begins:

  • Mark out the site with spray paint or chalk
  • Set up tables and chairs, stalls and tents
  • Electrician set ups any needed electrical cables
  • Operators may wish to set up rides in advance
  • Designate a central station for children to drop off cakes
  • Collect float and change from the bank and store securely
  • Volunteer can sleep at the site for overnight security

Now you’re ready! You’ll likely spend a great deal of time the day before the fete running about with the vague feeling that you’ve forgotten something, and that you’ll never finish in time, but, if you have done your planning and created a fete committee on whom you can count, this surely will not happen!

Next Week: It’s Fete Day!

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Your School, Your School Fundraiser

by admin on April 1, 2011

Event Tickets for School Fundraisers

School fundraising events can be among the most joyful and the most chaotic of events. Organisers walk a fine line: keeping the kids entertained is paramount, but unless the adults are motivated to contribute, you will be hosting a very expensive children’s party, rather than an operation that brings in much needed cash.

First, of course, you must decide what event will draw a crowd.

  • Carnivals
  • Spaghetti dinners
  • Pancake breakfasts
  • Walk-a-thon (or jump-a-thon, or any other a-thon that excites the students
  • Cake walk
  • Book fair

And so on. There are hundreds of ways to gather together. Your job is to figure out what event will sell tickets. Then print those tickets and start selling them! Get more mileage by printing matching publicity kits, with invitations and posters, plus drink tickets, coupons, and other great products. You can even earn more money by printing raffle tickets and adding a prize draw to your event. Or, try a silent auction.

Be sure to have plenty of food and drink on hand. This is an easy way to earn more money in addition to the price of admission. Can you please both the kids and the grown-ups? Pizza and sodas are always a good idea, but, depending on the crowd you expect, perhaps you want to offer more food, and more sophisticated food? You can drum up extra interest by printing the menu on the event tickets so folks know what to look forward to.

While the kids are playing, make sure the adults understand why their money is needed. Create three-sided poster displays featuring the arts, or sports, or other aspects of your school you wish to highlight. Film your own videos, and play them around the venue. Have teachers or older students on hand to talk about the great programs you offer.

You may wish to create a fill-in graph that shows how much money you wish to earn. You can update the graph whenever you get another ten percent of your desired amount. If your school needs money, don’t be afraid to put your hand out when you sell those event tickets. Be honest about what you have, what you need, and where that money will go, and wait for the money to find you!

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