We are gearing up for our annual Tickets for Treasure fundraiser, to be held on Jan. 23, during the annual OFLC Women’s Banquet.
This event is MOPS’ ONLY fundraiser, and we have been very successful in the past. Last year, we raised more than $1,300 – money we use to pay for childcare, crafts, speakers, scholarships and other MOPS needs. Our goal is to eliminate additional fundraisers, requests for money or fee increases by having a successful, fun and engaging event. We also use Tickets for Treasure to promote MOPS to the larger OFLC community and show our appreciation to the church for sponsoring our group.
Our next meeting, Friday, Jan. 16, will be dedicated to preparing for Tickets for Treasure. We will be making the centerpieces for the banquet and organizing our raffle items, along with our usual icebreakers and devotional. We also will have additional tickets to the Women’s Banquet, on sale for $10.
Please bring your items to donate to the meeting. Our goal is to have 40 items for raffle. We are looking for gift baskets around a theme, gift certificates or new or gently used items you no longer want.
We DO NOT want our MOPS moms to feel pressure to buy an expensive item. We do hope that we can all think, gather and shop creatively to put together some really interesting and exciting items.
_ Combine something you already have with new accessories. One of our most popular items was a gently used pasta pot that we filled with pasta, sauce, a serving spoon and some hand towels.
_ Consider donating a service that you perform or asking a professional to donate their services.
_ Use your talents to make a craft, baked good or other item. Two years ago, Jeri made two cheese plates that were very popular.
_ Donate the Christmas presents you don’t like or need. Don’t worry if you don’t think you have “enough.” We can combine things to make a basket. We will have some cellophane, ribbon and baskets if needed.
We have a few donated items that could be paired with other items to make some great baskets. These are: popcorn with popcorn spices (add a popcorn bowl or some movies passes?), an REI lunchbox (add a thermos?) and three large photo frames. If you cannot attend Friday’s meeting, you can bring your items to Linda at OFLC any time next week.
We are including some photos of baskets already donated to give you further ideas.
The Women’s Banquet is a wonderful event, and MOPS is lucky to be a part of it. Please help us continue to make Tickets for Treasure a success.