We had a Coach to Cure ice cream party at Ben & Jerry's on Monday and it was a great success! We don't know what we made from Ben & Jerry's yet (I'm thinking about $200 - they give 20% of sales if you have 50 customers during the event), but our total from donations, raffle ticket sales and silent auction items was about $1200!! We had a nice-sized crowd, and there were 20+ kids having a blast running around playing together at all times. Not bad for our first event! :)
Here are a few things I learned along the way that I'd like to share:
1. Form a committee to plan and execute the event. I didn't do this, and it was quite a bit of work for one person with a job and two kiddos! Thankfully a good friend stepped in and took over gathering raffle items -- she was a life saver!
2. Plan far in advance. I didn't do this either. :) Many businesses (particularly national chains) couldn't donate raffle items because they needed more notice. We were getting raffle item donations up until the morning of the event which was great, but it made making signage a last-minute affair.
3. If you're looking for raffle donations, look to local businesses. We were able to get very nice prizes (wine tasting for 20 people, boot camp for a month, generous gift cards from restaurants, etc.) from locally-owned businesses.
4. Get your kids' schools involved. I made flyers and put one in every kiddo's bookbag or lunch kit at Max's Montessori school and the director posted the flyer in the entry-way. Almost every toddler in Max's class came, plus tons of kids and parents from the 3-5 year old classes. The PTO at my daughter's elementary school sent an e-mail "blast" out to every family at the school.
5. Call Kohls! They brought out six volunteers that manned the raffle and silent auction tables. That allowed me to walk around and greet everyone and actually enjoy the event! (And the $500 donation they give is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!)
We had a great time and raised a good amount of money, and everyone's support and generosity was overwhelming. My friend who gathered all of the raffle donations said it restored her faith in humanity!
Good luck this weekend, everyone!