Creative Fundraising in Londonderry, NH
Andrew Stewart has traveled to Haiti with SFH a couple of times. When the Londonderry National Honor Society, of which he is a part, was looking for an organization to support for a fundraising event, he recommended Servants for Haiti. As a result, a dodge ball game raised $3000 to help the children of Haiti!
Dodge Ball Tournament Meets Fundraising Goalsby Denise LaForgia, reprinted from the Londonderry Times, 3/13/08
Members of Londonderry’s National Honor Society (NHS) found out that an effective way to raise money is to simply invite people to play some dodge ball.
Last week, the NHS held a four-day dodge ball tournament to raise money for Servants for Haiti, a charity that promotes education and healthy environments for Haitian children.
The NHS board members learned about the idea of a dodge ball tournament fundraiser in the fall when they were at a conference. They decided to implement the concept into their annual fundraising efforts.
Thirty two teams made up of five to eight members registered for the tournament. The faculty teams were eliminated in the first round, but two senior teams, “The Neighborhood” and “The Terror”, advanced to the championship game, which was held last Friday night. The eight members of “The Terror”, who were mostly varsity athletes, won the final game and were rewarded with gold crowns, T-shirts and a ceremonial dodge ball.
The proceeds from Friday night’s semifinal and championship games alone raised over $800, according to Jessica Schofield, an NHS board member. After counting all of their proceeds, the NHS board members realized they had met their fundraising goal of $3000. The games attracted huge crowds every night, and close to 1,000 people showed up for the final games on Friday. The money raised came from team registration fees, admission charges, concession sales and donations during the games.
The NHS board members are all seniors, and they played the largest roles in organizing the tournament. Several NHS members who are juniors also helped during the tournament, and they may organize another tournament next year after seeing the success last week.
“We’re definitely hoping it will continue next year,” said Schofield.
Maybe this event will inspire others to use their creative powers to come up with fun ways to support the children of Haiti. Why not you? Why not now?