Bowling for Funds
A bowling fundraiser can be a great way to raise funds and have fun. Here are a few ideas for a successful bowling fundraiser that could end up being an annual favorite for your group!
A bowling fundraiser is a great way to raise money! First of all, it’s a lot of fun. Second of all, people of all ages can participate, and best of all – you don’t have to set-up or clean up!
So how do you organize a successful bowling fundraiser? As with any event, you have to start by creating a lot of publicity. The more people that know about it, the more funds you can raise and donations you can get.
The easiest way is to charge an amount for each foursome, for example, $50. In order to be able to obtain such a price, you will need to negotiate with your local bowling alley. Perhaps they can donate a time slot, or give you a discounted rate? After all, you will be bringing in new clients, and giving them free promotion and exposure. This is a definite advantage to the bowling alley, for it will help them build up their image as well as their clientele.
Try to collect the entry fee for each team in advance. This way you can ensure that you will make money regardless if everyone shows up or not.
While people are bowling, entertain them! You can also have a raffle, giving out prizes that you collect from local sponsors. Even if the gifts are small (free bowling passes, for example), it will contribute to a fun atmosphere.
When people get the munchies, you can sell other items at your bowling fundraiser that will help you generate more profit, such as candy bars,popcorn, pretzels and healthy beef snacks. However, many bowling alleys have a restaurant or concession stand. In this case, perhaps you can try to negotiate a percentage of the concession sales.
To get a competitive atmosphere going, have the bowlers compete for the highest game and the best team. To make it funny, you can also get them to compete for the lowest game and the most gutter balls! Of course, you would only announce the winners at the end, but you could let people know how they are doing along the way. Make sure to have some prizes for all these winners. As with the raffle gifts, the prizes can be donated from local sponsors or the bowling alley itself!
A bowling fundraiser is a great way to raise funds…so happy bowling!