Saturday, October 28, 2006

Interesting Fundraising Idea in Oregon

According to this article in the Salem, Oregon StatesmanjournalWoodburn Company Stores (presumably the name of the shopping mall) "plans a fundraising shopping event that it says will give participants a chance to be pampered while they shop and collect money for good causes.

The Nov. 4 event's goal is to raise $25,000 for 10 non-profit organizations, including the Volunteers of American, Easter Seals and Ronald McDonald Charities of Oregon and SW Washington.

Tickets cost $20, with $10 from each ticket going to the charities. Participants then shop in any of the 85 stores in the center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They also get lunch, dessert, a wine tasting, a gift from Garden Gallery Iron Works and gift wrapping. It's a great holiday promotion that could easily be implemented by other malls. I hope that there are information booths or better yet identifiable volunteers from the 10 organizations that will benefit from the event to talk about and raise awareness about who they are and what they do.

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