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Re: Fundraising

One of our more succesful fundraisers here in
Columbia, MO is our 'Chefs in the Garden Tour and
Dinner'. We partner with a local restaurant with an
upscale (culinarily speaking) reputation to cook a
benefit dinner from produce out of the gardens and
from local farms. We target the folks with money,
sensitive palates, and a taste for local food cooked
in season.

If you can talk the restaurant into free or cheap use
of their facilities (we've always done the event on a
Sunday when the restaurant was otherwise closed, hence
they don't lose business) and get most or all of your
produce donated, the costs are pretty low. We do a
tour the same day of a mixture of community and
private gardens. We set the cost of the tickets at
$30. Our biggest set-back has been getting the word
out and thus the tickets sold.

Hope this helps-

Community Garden Coalition
Columbia, MO
--- Ginger Ogilvie <community@wasatchgardens.org>
> Hi all. WCG is in the process of evaluating our
> fundraising efforts through
> large events. In the past we have put on a large
> plant sale in early July
> where we have gleaned plants from wholesale
> nurseries that are about to shut
> down operations for the year. This has been
> successful, but extremely taxing
> on our staff and volunteers, and actually
> (surprise!) July is not really a
> good time for planting leggy petunias in Utah. As we
> think about refining
> our approach for this event, we'd also like to
> consider other things that
> may assist us in fundraising efforts.
> I thought I would come to this list and ask if you
> could share an example or
> two of solid fundraising events. Let us know about
> creative things that have
> grown out of your unique community. Tell us if that
> Rhodendrum Run in 1994
> was a good idea but didn't work out because the
> timing was off... Do any of
> you have formal black tie sorts of things in your
> gardens? Any sort of tips
> or ideas that you'd like to share would be great. If
> you'd like to reply off
> list, my email address is below... Thanks!
> Ginger Ogilvie
> Community Gardening Coordinator
> Wasatch Community Gardens
> (801) 359-2658 phone/fax (801) 322-4810
> 350 South 400 East Suite 101B
> Salt Lake City, UT 84111
> community@wasatchgardens.org
> www.wasatchgardens.org
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