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Re: OT - Press release experience?


What about borrowing/renting a Polaroid instant camera?  Last year, when
visiting my daughter and husband, we went to the Reagan Library.  There was
a commercial company that was offering to make pictures as you entered the
Presidential plane.  They used a Polaroid and could hand out pictures
quickly.


> [Original Message]
> From: Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 10/21/2006 2:58:37 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - Press release experience?
>
> Everyone is probably right Bonnie.  Personally I would slam the
> commercialization thing but I've been told more than once I'm a tad
> extreme.  Act surprised.
>
> On 10/20/06, Donna <gossiper@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> >
> > ok- forget the pictures LOL.....
> >
> > I think someone needs to address this photo printing, especially if you
> > are going to have a large number of kids! An inkjet printer with special
> > paper is going to be expensive if lets say you end up printing 500 or
> > more pictures! Anyone in the congregation have a color laser printer...
> > cheaper to do this but even then, yikes! I would say, first picture is
> > free, any reprints a donation must be given? Maybe a can on the table
> > might help with the expenses if folks donate something even for the
> > first picture. Too bad you don't have more time. I would hit up on
> > camera manufacturers, paper and ink companies and see if they would
> > donate some supplies? I had good success emailing pond companies and
> > asking for door prizes for our expo's. Warning! Use the church address,
> > as I recall getting a phone call at work from John yelling at me about a
> > semi in front of the house wanting to know what we where going to use to
> > offload skids of stuff with......
> >
> >
> > What about some of these online photo things. You could post the
> > pictures and folks could print from there? Then if they want 10 copies,
> > no big deal on your end. Or maybe the group should sign up at ipower for
> > a limited time web site. All the pictures could be uploaded and folks
> > could print from there?
> >
> >
> > Wasn't Chris using those small CD's for his catalog..... maybe that
> > would be an answer too. First print free, X amount for a cd with the
> > pictures on them?
> >
> >
> > Good Luck!
> > Donna
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----
> > From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 10:16:51 AM
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] OT - Press release experience?
> >
> >
> > Good input!  O.K., I'll change the header.    Area codes don't change
much
> > until one gets down around the interstate loop around Cincinnati, but it
> > won't hurt to add it.
> >
> > As for photos...Yes, I do hope to have the costume finished within the
> > next
> > 2-3 weeks, but I'm not sure that will be enough time to get the articles
> > in
> > on time with photos.  Besides, Bill won't be bleaching his hair and
beard
> > until a week after Thanksgiving.  Since it takes 4 bleachings to get it
> > Santa white, it is very difficult for him to keep bleaching (to cover
> > roots)
> > for more than a month without losing LOTS of hair to breakage.  And
> > bleaching the mustache under his nose is a very sensitive and difficult
> > thing to do because of the fumes.  Eyebrows are another level of
> > difficulty
> > to keep white.  Right now, there is only a little bit of color in his
> > mustache and very little in his beard, but he still has a full head of
> > dark
> > brown (almost black) hair that must be treated.  Of course, for radio,
it
> > doesn't make a lot of difference (photos, that is.)    Too bad I don't
> > know
> > a Greek Orthodox or Roman Catholic Bishop who could lend us his attire
for
> > photos.  I could probably use white hair spray for initial photos.
> >
> > I'm still trying to pin down some folks at church on how much they are
> > willing to donate, but I'm sure that one of the members has volunteered
> > use
> > of a photo printer (4"X6") and we'll be asking for either funds or photo
> > paper and ink to fit it from the congregation.  The plan is to take
photos
> > with a digital camera and print them while the family is still there.
> > Originally, I had just planned to have parents bring their own
> > cameras.  Do
> > you think we could ask for good will offerings for those who want extra
> > photos to cover the expense of paper and ink?  We have no clue how many
> > will
> > show up for it since this will be the first year, but I'd rather be over
> > supplied than undersupplied.
> >
> > CD's are pretty cheap.  I hadn't thought about having them for the
event,
> > but I don't think we have a PC (or the software) available at church to
> > burn
> > the photos to CD.  I know that malls here charge $10-$15 for the photo
on
> > Disc.  Perhaps we can ask for good will offerings for them as well if I
> > could find someone to bring a laptop with the right software.  However,
we
> > don't want to be in the business of turning anyone down for a picture or
> > pictures, either.  After all, this is a non-profit event.
> >
> > I don't think we want to be in the business of e-mailing photos if we
have
> > large turn out.  Many of the members aren't that computer literate
(being
> > a
> > very small congregation with mostly  very elderly members) and I won't
> > have
> > time to do large volumes with our regular Santa Visits to various
> > charities.
> > If all goes well, we might be able to add  things for future years, but
> > I'm
> > not sure we can do it all this first year.
> >
> > Up to now, our largest event has been Bible School and the Pre-School we
> > offer for the community.  In the summer, Bible School draws more than 60
> > children (though ads have been limited to the sign on the property) and
we
> > have had to put children on a list because we simply don't have the
staff
> > or
> > enough younger (folks under 75) volunteers to help with the children. 
The
> > pre-school has a community reputation for being the best in the area and
> > the
> > waiting list to get into it (State regulations restricting size there)
is
> > VERY long.  Since the advertising is going beyond word of mouth and the
> > sign
> > on the corner of the church property, I'm not sure what to expect.  The
> > pre-school plans to put fliers into their children's take home bags
> > regarding both the St. Nicholas Event and the Wrap It Up Events.  (Am I
a
> > glutton for punishment?  Or just crazy.  Don't answer that!!! LOL!!!)
> >
> > I do know Santa Bill can do 200-250 children per hour with the right
> > supports in place.  (It varies so much because he actually listens to
each
> > child.  Some have more to say than others.)   I'm confident that he can
do
> > the same with St. Nicholas, though he'll be having to answer questions
> > about
> > why he is different than Santa.   We'll be open approximately 6 hours
for
> > one day.  I don't think the congregation yet understands how many
children
> > could come through.
> >
> > Thanks everyone for your thoughts and your help!  I'd be lost without
you!
> >
> > Blessings,
> > Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> > Behalf
> > Of Donna
> > Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 9:32 AM
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - Press release experience?
> >
> > I agree with Jim..... wouldn't give you a good spot in the paper and you
> > might be the first one to get canceled if space in that issue becomes a
> > problem....
> >
> >
> > Might also add the church's area code as well.....( although your areas
> > might be larger than ours here)
> >
> > But my question is... who is paying for all the picture printing? Are
you
> > going to email the pictures to the parents to print out? You know the
> > parents needs extra copies for grandparents etc.... hum....Trust me, you
> > want as many questions answered in the ad. You will get tons of phone
> > calls
> > and emails if you don't.
> >
> >
> > Hum.. no way to get a picture of your grandkid and Bill ahead of
> > time?  Bill
> > makes such a great Santa it would draw them there....
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----
> > From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 7:40:44 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - Press release experience?
> >
> >
> > Don't think I'd attack the commercial spirit of christmas; crass
> > commercialism generates a lot of revenue for the media. Rather, I'd
stress
> > a
> > traditional alternative.
> >
> > On Oct 20, 2006, at 7:23 AM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:
> >
> > > Jim, Zem and Donna,  I agree about getting something to draw their
> > > attention.  Since I can't find any sign that anyone else in the Miami
> > > Valley, much less the greater Dayton area has done a St. Nicholas
> > > Event, I think we'll peak some interest.  This will go to Christian
> > > Radio stations in the area, our main local newspaper and the community
> > > newspapers in the area.
> > > (The latter has agreed to run two articles for us.  They will run one
> > > in a couple of weeks and again the week before the event.)
> > >
> > > Here's what I had already put together.  I'm open for ideas and
> > > critiques.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Tired of the Mall Santa and the Hype to Buy, Buy, Buy? (I'll bold and
> > > enlarge this.)
> > >
> > > Christ the King Lutheran Church in Centerville will be hosting a Saint
> > > Nicholas Event to allow children and parents to get pictures with a
> > > familiar Christmas icon without the commercialization of Christmas.
> > >
> > > The event will be held:
> > >     December 9th between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
> > >     At Christ The King Lutheran Church
> > >     On 50 Nutt Road (on the corner of Nutt and 48) in Centerville.
> > >
> > > There is no charge for the event, but children are encouraged to bring
> > > an item for the Baby Jesus, which will be donated to Hannah's Treasure
> > > Chest.
> > > Hannah's treasure Chest provides families in need with items necessary
> > > to care for their children all through the year.
> > >
> > > Parents can bring their own cameras or have a photo taken by one of
> > > the attendants.
> > >
> > > Children may also talk with a Nativity Character, hear the REAL story
> > > of Christmas and learn about other Christmas traditions, such as the
> > > candy cane.  They can snack on a Christmas cookie and sip some hot
> > > chocolate as well.
> > >
> > > Come and enjoy a family oriented, Christian, Christmas based, non
> > > commercialized celebration of the spirit of giving.
> > >
> > > For more information, contact Christ the King Lutheran Church at
> > > 885-5785 or
> > > send an e-mail to St.Nicholas@ameritech.net.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > BTW, thanks to Pam for testing my new e-mail address (St.Nicholas) for
> > > me!
> > >
> > >
> > > Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> > > Behalf Of james singer
> > > Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2006 8:27 PM
> > > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > > Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - Press release experience?
> > >
> > > It's just who, what, why, when, and where, like any other press
> > > release, Bonnie. Helps if you can lead with something sexy/unique,
> > > like you're going to tar and feather the mayor or pit St. Nick against
> > > Old Nick, but if you can't, just lead with whatever it is about the
> > > event should attract the most reader interest [editors are interested
> > > in readers; they don't care about events or sponsors, unless the
> > > sponsors are advertisers]. Just be sure you include all the who, what,
> > > why, when, and where stuff--and your name and phone number--so whoever
> > > re-writes it will have no excuse for screwing it up.
> > >
> > > On Oct 19, 2006, at 7:52 PM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:
> > >
> > >> Does anyone have any experience with community event press releases?
> > >> I'm
> > >> getting ready to "alert the media" to a St. Nicholas Event open to
> > >> the Dayton area and I want to make it as professional as possible.
> > >>
> > >> Blessings,
> > >> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> > >>
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> > > Island Jim
> > > Southwest Florida
> > > 27.0 N, 82.4 W
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> > > Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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> Kemp TX
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