Charity Poker Events

Katherine - posted on 11/05/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I thought of this while reading the other fundraising question post.

For non-profit organizations you can have a charity poker night for 4 days and raise close to $4000+. I am on the fundraising chair at my daughters school. The problem is that they don't agree because it promotes gambling. All you do is sell the chips. This would be a HUGE profit. I am trying to get them to do this and we've been going round and round about it. The school has a moral focus every month and I think that's part of the problem, the other is that a lot are Muslim. They are afraid no one will volunteer and what the parents will think.

I am hell bent on getting them to agree, but how? It's just so much money and you can do it 4 times a year.

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Caitlin - posted on 11/07/2011

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I've always liked the idea of a book exchange night... the great thing is it can be coupled with a bake sale and raffle. The basic idea is that it's held in the school gym usually, and people pay a cover charge to get in (say 5$ or something really small). Then when they come, they bring books that they've bought and read, and don't have any intention of reaing again, and for every book in readable condition that they bring, they get a "ticket" that they can exchange for another book. It's great because the cover charge adds up fast because it's all profit, you can sell coffee and bake sale treats, and best of all (and schools love this) it promotes literacy and reading skills. I've seen it get a bit modified depending ont he area (like 2 different colour tickets - 1 for kids books and one for adult books people leave with more similar books).

I know I in no way answered your question, but i'm not keen on the idea of a charity poker tournament for a school. I probably wouldn't participate (but I used to have a small gambling problem - so my view is somewhat skewed).

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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/07/2011

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JuLeah, I had a Jehovah's Witness tell me my parents were going to hell because their Church had a Casino night.

You do have to take some religions into consideration. You could also try a night at the races or a Bingo night. My parents' Church (Catholic) has done a few of those.

Hope - posted on 11/07/2011

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There are so many other fundraising ideas you could go with that have nothing to do with gambling. Gambling is such a huge problem in our world and I do not see gambling us a good way to raise funds. You want a fun night why not have a masquerade ball, get local businesses to sponsor the tables. My sister just did that for the community daycare centre and there raised about $4000. No gambling, just a fun night of dancing.

JuLeah - posted on 11/05/2011

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Many religions feel gambling is wrong ... you can't really change their minds.

I agree it is all in fun, but you won't get the ultra religions (Christains, Muslims, Jews, or Other) to agree

I'd find a new approach

Michele - posted on 11/05/2011

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We had a Monte Carlo night. There are strict rules about how you can run them legally. People can't win money or prizes based on their "winnings".
Some people would opt out. At our school. we could not send anything home with the kids that had the word wine or gambling terms on it. So we mailed the information instead of a flyer that went home with kids and talked about it during parent meetings.

I have lots of fundraising ideas that we have done:
Too late for this year, but every year we sell turkeys from a local farm during November. Usually around $4000

Katherine - posted on 11/05/2011

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Kohl's cares for kids will volunteer 3 hours of their time and pay us $500 for 5 employees. So that would help a lot. I don't think they would let me advertise for volunteers outside of the school, although it is a good idea.

Jeannette - posted on 11/05/2011

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Well, I think you should ask the parents. If no one will volunteer, will they participate? If no one participates, will you advertise outside your community to get poker players? It is a great idea and though I personally do not have issue with any sort of gambling, I cannot judge those who do. :)

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