Many clubs have various fundraisers that families are required to participate in or buy out. The Vibank Skating Club does has only one required fundraisers besides the Saskatchewan Skaters' Lotto which we are required to do by Skate Canada. Our major sources of non-fee income are from local business sponsorships and our year-end Ice Show.
If you have ideas for fundraisers, we'd love to fill the Fundraising Coordinator position on our board that is currently vacant, or have members form sub-commitees for individual fundaising efforts.
Christmas Cheer Basket Raffle
We will be asking each family to contribute items to a this liquor basket raffle this fall, and sell tickets until the draw date, closer to Christmas. This was a huge success last year. Tickets should be available for pickup at the AGM or in the first weeks of skating.
Skaters’ Lottery Ticket Books (due back early Feb)
This is a lottery where everyone wins! Skate Saskatchewan has issued books with some great prizes. Every skating family is required to sell one book, worth $60.00. Any books that our club can sell, we receive $27.00 back to us. We receive NO funds for partially sold books. You should receive one book per family at the AGM or in the first weeks of skating. The cost of one book per family will be added to skater registration invoices. Please return completed books to Stacey Weisbeck or Cathy Mastel by the deadline in early February (see Event schedule for details). There will be a charge of $27.00 for lost books.
Business Sponsorships (Cash or Raffle Prizes)
In past years, our club sent out sponsorship request letters to over 60 businesses in Vibank and surrounding communities, including Regina. We are offering businesses various opportunities to be acknowledged (on our sponsor board in the rink, in our Ice Show program and promotional materials), depending on their level of support. If you would like a copy of the letter to take to your employer or a business that you have ties to, please ask a member of the executive board. This is huge efforts, so we will be asking everyone to sign up as the liason for several businesses (talk to them about sponsorship, deliver the sponsor request letter, touch base later to inquire about their support and pick up any donations)
Our annual ice show is not only the highlight of the year for our skaters, it is also the biggest component of our fundraising. The income-generating aspects include a bake sale, raffle, silent auction, flower sales, silver collection and 50/50 ticket sales. You will be expected to contribute items to the bake sale and sign up for one of the many volunteer shifts to make an event like this a success. The Ice Show committee has added $10 per skater to your registration invoice to cover the purchase of items to make up themed baskets for the raffle, so you will not be expected to contribute raffle items.
Other Fundraising Opportunities
This year we would like to see a committee of parents formed with the purpose of planning & organizing additional fundraisers to help families offset the increase in fees. This committee would include have assistance & leadership from the Fundraising Chair on the Skating Executive, but will not be staffed primarily by executive. The directive for this committee is organize several fundraisers which can be run so as to return funding directly to the families who raise the funds in the form of a skating credit at the end of the year. This committee would also be tasked with assisting the Sponsorship Chair with personally contacting local businesses and arranging for pick-up of donations and sponsorships.