I belong to my town’s Lions Club. If you’ve heard anything about the Lions Club you most likely know that the focus is on vision. We do a lot with vision care. Tomorrow members are going to go to a local elementary school for vision screen. They will use this contraption that can flag potential issues with children’s vision. And if local people can’t afford eye care, we will often pick up the bill. But we do more, helping in many ways around our local community.
Obviously all of that takes money. As with other organizations that need money, we have fund raisers. Our big fund raiser for the year is the Penny Sale.
Here is how it works. You pay 50 cents for a numbered square. There are 50 tickets on that square (50 cents a square/50 tickets = a penny a ticket – Penny Sale – get it?). A lot of local businesses and local people and the Lions Club itself donate gifts for the sale. You go around and deposit your penny-tickets into buckets for the items you’d like. There are hundreds of items and you can buy as many tickets (in squares of 50) that you want. Some people do hundreds of dollars worth! Each square also has a “door prize” ticket. We take some of the better items and set them aside for that. And then there are dozen special prizes. These are separate and the tickets cost one dollar each. Some of these items cost well over $100. We also have a 50/50 – a ticket costs a dollar, we put 50 cents into the jackpot and keep 50 cents for the Lions Club. The winner this year was almost $400. And then we have a big raffle. This year it was $1000 of meat from a local butcher and the tickets cost $5 each.
So, we take the gymnasium of the local elementary school and turn it into a venue for the sale. Then there is the presale stuff. We also bring in food and serve/sell food and drink (non-alcoholic – it’s in a school!). There is other set up. Then the raffle itself, which takes about three hours, then teardown and clean up. We are busy from before noon until almost 11.
It is a long hard day. Besides set up and tear down, I spent almost two hours selling special prize and 50/50 tickets. Then I went up on stage and worked the drawing, making sure the (well shaken) tickets are kept until the winner is verified (local kids verify tickets and hand out the prizes) and then dump them. It is a rotation to keep things moving. Last year I called numbers, but this year the number caller for the first half was content calling all night – maybe he saw how much work I was doing manipulating tickets and he thought talking was easier ; )
We did well and earned a lot of money that we will put back into helping the people of our community. So a lot of work, but in the end, it helps a lot of people so it was well worth it.
And that’s how I spent Saturday.
This week’s smile is working hard at a fundraiser knowing that the money raised will be put to good use back in our community.
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