Here are two ways to get all the men at your fundraiser benefit to fall all over themselves as they gladly part with $10 and $20 dollar bills and have fun while they’re doing it!
Give most men a chance at winning beer or liquor at your benefit fundraiser and they’ll come running to get in the game! That will be the result when you present Beer For A Year and A Wagon ‘O Whiskey. Of all the benefit fundraisers I have ever emceed, these two games generate the most money and fun.
First, the Wagon ‘O Whiskey. When you and your benefit fundraiser committee members fan out into the community in search of donations, be sure to approach restaurants, bars and liquor stores and whatever they offer you, take it! Granted, they’re not going to part with a bottle of Crown Royal, Seagrams or Smirnoff’s, but they will usually come up with a lower-grade bottle that doesn’t sell well if at all. After you’ve collected 20 or 30 bottles, your next task is go procure a child’s red wagon which can either be purchased at a toy store or might be found curbside on trash night. At your benefit fundraiser, fill the wagon (two wagons if you have enough alcohol) with the bottles you’ve collected. Have your ticket sellers pull the wagon around the hall through the crowd and hawk tickets at $10 or even $20 each. The mere sight of the wagon full of booze has a strange effect on mens’ wallets!
As you are out collecting these bottles, don’t ever leave an establishment without asking, “Could you possibly donate some beer?” Take anything they’ll give you – single cans, six-packs, 12-packs or cases and take any brand – Miller, Bud, Pabst, Kingsbury, Schlitz, Old Milwaukee – anything. On the night of the benefit, your goal is to stack up and build a mountain of beer – cans, six-packs, 12-packs and cases totaling 365 beers. Beer for A Year! Again, tickets for either $10 or $20 will sell quickly. These two ideas will not just generate income, but they’ll serve as fun conversation pieces all night long.
And if by chance you can get a home improvement store to donate a gas grill, set it up next to the beer mountain and sell grill tickets for $20. The sight will be absolutely irresistible to any man with cash in his pocket!