Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Weekly Update. FUNdraising, Martini Madness

Currently we are hosting our FUNdraising for Quarters competition and we are gearing up for our Annual Martini Madness event. The FUNdraising for Quarters competition is an event in which the volunteers of the program attempt to bring in needed funds to the Cabrini Connections’ program and in return the top volunteers earn a spot in the newsletter, earn prizes at the end of each quarter, and the volunteer who brings in the most financial support for the year earns two round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the US. The Annual Martini Madness event, which is scheduled for Friday, October 17, 2008 (further details available on website and in other areas of the newsletter), is a fundraiser in which staff, volunteers, donors, Board members, guest and other supports of Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connections gather for a fun-filled night! This is a very simple description of ways in which we attempt to gather further support for our programs and we do within our programs

Lets take a more in depth look at these two events. The FUNdraising for Quarters competition is so much more than a competitive event with prizes for winners. This event gives volunteers the opportunity to share the Cabrini Connections’ “story” and their involvement within program to help shape that story. We have over 100 volunteers who provide services to Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection in one way or another and that leads to a pretty extensive network that can and should be hearing all of the great things that are taking place within the program. The true aim of this event is not just for volunteers to ‘ask’ for donations to support our program; the true goal of the FUNdraising for Quarters event is for the volunteers who have a direct and indirect relationship and tie to the programs to begin and to continue to tell the ‘story’ to that their audience will become a believer of the importance of that ‘story’ and be willing to financially contribute to the Cabrini Connections’ program…so that ‘story’ continues!!!

The Martini Madness event is much more than a social event where the participants meet for food and drinks.

The Martini Madness event is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of tutor/mentor program such as Cabrini Connections. Martini Madness, and similar events, are opportunities to share not only share what we are doing, but the opportunity gather financial support to continue providing those much needed services to the youth and their families of the Cabrini Green community. So when looking at these two events and deciding whether you want to participate or support in the events, think beyond the actual event and make a decision on the true meaning and goals behind the event.

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