Above: East Carteret High and Down East Middle band students "Slime" their band leaders at a fundraiser event.
QUICK, SMALL FUNDRAISERS
These fundraisers are designed to raise your school, club, or sports team some quick money or add to an already existing fundraiser. They are perfect if you want to try a pilot event with Emerald Owl Productions without the time commitment that goes into a large fundraiser. This can be also be a "seed planting" event that is designed to get as many people to the event as possible. Once students experience an event with us, it is easier to "sell" a larger fundraiser event in the future.
HOW IT WORKS? Instead of pledges, students are asked to pay an admission fee, typically between $5 and $10 for a glow in the dark party. We suggest having a VIP admission option, usually between $15-$20. This VIP option might include some perks such as free glow items, a concession stand coupon, and perhaps a chance to "Slime" a student leader, teacher, or administrator. These perks encourage students to pay a higher amount, thus leading to a higher gross total.
You might even open your event to the public or other schools. For example, the East Carteret High School Band in Beaufort, NC used this model. They had an event for elementary school students, a separate event for middle school students, and then ended the day with a high school event. It is a great way to unite your community at your school.
At the end of the evening, we split everything 50-50. This is not designed to make a huge amount of money, but it gives students a safe and fun night out, while you get a chance to experience a smaller production with us and still make a profit.
WHY IT WORKS? The admission is reasonable for a 2-4 hour event and encourages high participation. For example, if the event is supporting the school band, non-band members will likely pay $10 for a night of entertainment. If everyone likes the experience, then you might upgrade to a larger fundraiser by telling students that the next event will be significantly larger.
INCREASE YOUR TOTAL One possible way to increase your total is to challenge members of the group benefitting financially from the fundraiser to go above and beyond the price of admission. For example, let's say the event is supporting the band. We can create a website that school band members could use to raise a higher level, perhaps $50 or $100. Band members who do might be given the opportunity to slime senior leaders, the drum major, or perhaps the director. In the picture above, we see East Carteret High and Down East Middle band members dumping slime on their respective directors!