I had two separate prizes: a gift card pack ($10 for Amazon and $10 for Wawa) and a 50/50. Tickets were $2 each and while I didn't say "I take Venmo" I did have the QR code on my fliers. I know that often when people say "sorry I don't have cash" it's code for they don't want to look rude but don't want to donate.
|Unanswered Texts to Winner|
The first name I selected for the gift cards texted back that they had already left the bar but to select another winner. The second person came up and said "I didn't even hear my name".
The 50/50 winner however was another situation all together. They hadn't responded to the first two text messages. I didn't want to leave the bar in case they wanted cash, so I decided to call the number instead of text. When I did, the number answered after one ring and had a pre-recorded spammish message. It basically sounded like those spam calls we all get for car warranties but I called them instead of them calling me. So I spoke with Sean to get a second opinion and then sent the third text message. If I do not get a response by Sunday, I will donate the additional $138 to the American Cancer Society.
|Email from ACS|
Thank you again to the following businesses for donating raffle prizes during my fundraising efforts:
Additional thanks go out to friends that offered to help. Due to the original Covid shutdowns, I didn't follow through with all the offers but I appreciated the support.
- Emily Forte who owns a local yoga studio and was going to host a charity class prior to shutdowns.
- Kate Kimble who is a consultant for Tastefully Simple and donated the proceeds from a party I hosted to ACS.
- Sandy Zanetto and the team at Walk This Way for putting a collection jug up on Main Street at Arts Fest.
- Liz Pagonis from Philadelphia Runner for all her support and experienced recommendations about running fundraisers during the process.