Celebrate the Seasons with Holiday-Themed Raffles

Celebrate the Seasons with Holiday-Themed RafflesWhether it’s summer, autumn, winter, or spring, every season has at least one holiday to celebrate. There’s the 4th of July in the summer, Halloween and Thanksgiving in the fall, Christmas, New Year’s, Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day in the winter, and St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day in the spring. If you’re raising money for a good cause, each holiday has its own associations and invites fun ways to put a spin on your holiday raffle.

In fact, raffles are the leading way to fundraise, and for good reason. They’re straightforward to run and easy and accessible for people to participate in. Who doesn’t love the possibility of winning a prize, especially when the funds will go towards a good cause? When you leverage a holiday theme, your raffle will become all the more fun and profitable. Raffles are an excellent way to reach your fundraising goals.

Start by sourcing appealing items for your raffle prizes, and the more that they fit with your overall theme, the better. Ideally you’ll be able to solicit donations of these items from local businesses and organizations, but you can also buy reasonably priced goodies for prizes. For Valentine’s Day your prizes might be romantic in nature, or for St. Patrick’s Day something green might be in order. A Halloween theme might include scary movies and candy, and everyone likes a Christmas theme in the spirit of Santa. It’s great to raffle off 2-3 prizes; a first prize and one or two runner up prizes.

Once you have your prizes, you can start to sell tickets. What better way to set the mood for your holiday themed raffle than with decorative themed tickets? Particularly if you’re selling raffle tickets as part of a larger holiday event, Worldwide Ticketcraft offers customizable raffle tickets with attractive, full color holiday themes to choose from. There are fun New Orleans Mardi Gras themes, lucky leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day tickets, and spooky Halloween tickets, etc. Having professional, attractive tickets will help put everyone in the mood for the holiday and will inspire them to participate generously in the raffle.

Raffles are a fun way to fundraise, and a great way to leverage the spirit of the holiday. Raffles generate more revenue than soliciting donations or any other form of fundraising. Always make it very clear that the proceeds from the ticket sales will be going to support a good cause. When people connect your festive and fun raffle with a good cause, you will have better results.

With a holiday to celebrate, appealing themed prizes, and the enthusiasm of your volunteers, your raffle is sure to be a success. Embrace the spirit of the holiday and everyone will feel generous and have a fun time in the process.

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How to Fundraise with Raffle Tickets at your Next Sporting Event

How to Fundraise with Raffle Tickets at your Next Sporting EventDid you know that raffles are the leading method of raising money at sporting events?

No matter what good cause you’re fundraising for, raffles are an excellent way to reach your goals. Studies show that raffles (also known as “charitable lotteries”) generate more revenue than soliciting donations, and even more than 50/50 draws and auctions or silent auctions.

Whether your holding a raffle at a golf tournamentbaseball, soccer, or football game, raffles work perfectly at any sporting event. There’s just something about a raffle, particularly at a sporting event, that encourages a participatory spirit. They’re a fun way to fundraise, and a great way to leverage the spirit of sportsmanship to meet your non-profit revenue goals.

It’s important to double check that raffles and charitable lotteries are legal for non-profits in your area. Once you’ve cleared the rules, you can start to source appealing items for the raffle. Ideally you’ll be able to solicit donations of these items from local businesses and organizations, or otherwise you can buy reasonably priced items to raffle off. It’s great to raffle off 2-3 prizes; a first prize and one or two runner up prizes.

It’s great if your prizes are large and appealing enough that you can sell tickets for at least $5 each, or groups of tickets for packaged pricing like 1 for $5 and 3 for $12. If that pricing is too steep for your audience, you can try 1 for $3, 2 for $5, 4 for $10, and 10 for $20. Make it easy for someone to decide to spend more money and buy more tickets with nice round bill amounts like $20.

At sporting events, people bring money to spend on food, drinks, and merchandise. It’s not a stretch for them to spend money on your raffle tickets. Make it clear that the proceeds from the ticket sales are going to support a good cause. When people connect such an easy, fun purchase with a non-profit cause, their generosity increases.

Set yourself up to not only accept cash, but also credit cards. You can pick up a Square reader or a similar app so that there’s no reason for someone to pass up the chance to buy a ticket.

Make sure that you have enough staff or volunteers situated throughout the stadium or sporting event location so that they’re visible and front of mind. Have your crew both circulating as well as in fixed locations. Prep your team with sales skills including easy to remember scripts that they feel comfortable speaking repeatedly throughout the event. They shouldn’t be pushy, but they should be friendly and encouraging. The more excited that your team selling feels about both the prizes and the cause, the more they’ll be able to influence your buyers.

When you approach your fundraiser with enthusiasm, have appealing prizes, and have a well-trained, friendly team selling tickets, your raffle is sure to be a great success. With the right planning in advance, your sports fans might just feel as excited about the raffle as they do about the game!

The Best Football Tickets for your School Team

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It doesn’t matter if it’s college or high school football; the football season is quite possibly the greatest time of the year. When the championship game finishes in January, fans all across the United States of America begin the count down to the new football season in the fall.

There’s that feeling of excitement when you see your team entering onto the field and happiness just washes over you. The noise, the cheering, the excitement, the team colors, the togetherness, and the pride. It’s all there, on the football field. School spirit is at an all time high when the football season is on, and let’s not forget the tailgating parties!

When else do students, families, friends, and Americans in general gather with such energy and passion? Football is more than just a sport, it’s a lifestyle. Emotions run high all season long. It can be a real emotional rollercoaster, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. Being a football fan is thrilling! The commitment of being a football fan can be even as great as that of the players themselves. We invest so much of ourselves into the game. It’s so much more than just attending. It’s about the love of your team and the feeling of community and pride that makes school football so special.

When it comes to football, you want the complete package. From the details of your team’s colors right down to the school cheers, every detail plays a part in the dedication and spirit of the game. That’s why having the right football tickets are such an important part of the school football season. At Worldwide Ticketcraft, we have a wide selection of football tickets so that you can choose the exact type of ticket that’s right for your school and team:

With hundreds of fans ready to hit the game, you need the best football tickets available, and having secure tickets is an important feature that football fans across the United States take very seriously. Our tickets offer security features with a layer of translucent foil that makes our tickets completely secure and impossible to counterfeit. Your football fans will appreciate the professionalism of your tickets when you go with Worldwide Ticketcraft secure tickets.

Sure, you might get angry at your team when they throw a bad pass, miss a kick, and especially if they don’t make a touchdown. A real football fan, however, will always be there for their team. You really develop a relationship with the players and they become like your family. You feel proud of them, no matter their losses vs. wins. You’ll love them forever, and cherish the memories of football seasons past. That’s the love of football.

8 Ways to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

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The holiday season is in full swing! If you haven’t adopted a cheerful temperament yet and are still mumbling “bah humbug” under your breath every time Feliz Navidad comes on the radio, never fear! These 8 ways to get into the holiday spirit will have you grinning and wishing passersby well in no time. Most of the activities on our list are great for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Enjoy!

  1. Decorate
    Nothing quite gets the whole family into the spirit of the season like decorating for the holidays! If your family celebrates Christmas, picking out a tree together is a great activity. Make the trimming a whole-family event complete with Christmas music, hot cocoa, and cookies.
  1. Bake Cookies
    Who doesn’t like cookies around the holidays? Baking and decorating cookies is an activity that kids and adults alike can enjoy, and the best part is that cookies aren’t exclusive to any particular holiday—you can bake them all season long! Gingerbread houses are tons of fun, too.
  1. Attend a Religious Service
    Whatever your family’s background, attending a service together celebrating your winter holiday is the perfect way to connect right to the true spirit of the season.
  1. Family Story Time
    Whether you’re attending a winter folklore story afternoon at the local library or reading books together by the fire, now is the perfect time to pull out the Hannukah stories, Christmas and Kwaanza books, and winter folk tale stories.
  1. Neighborhood Lights Tour
    Nothing cheers the spirit like a sparkling holiday light display. If you live somewhere snowy, this activity will be extra magical! Many local newspapers list the best neighborhoods to view lights so you can get the full Clark Griswold experience.
  1. Get in the Giving Spirit
    Nearly every religious tradition’s winter holiday involved generosity of spirit and/or a tradition of exchanging gifts. As Scrooge learned in A Christmas Carol, generosity connects us to our hearts and brings joy year round if we choose to live in a giving way. Whether you choose to give time or money to charity, buy or make gifts for friends and family, or simply embody a manner of kindness, giving feels great.
  1. Host Friends
    Despite the hustle and bustle the season brings, none of the dozens of items on our to-do lists would matter without good friends and family in our life. Take time to host friends and family through a cookie exchange, latke cooking, game night, white elephant gift party, potluck dinner, or traditional holiday party.
  1. Write Holiday Cards
    Even if your list of who to purchase presents for is short, there’s no limit to how many people in your life you can send a card or write a short email or note to in order to express your appreciation of them and tidings of joy. If you’re sending out cards, many sites like Zazzle offer deep discounts on paper holiday cards during December, and sites like Jib Jab allow you to create hilarious e-cards to be passed around online.

Whatever your holiday tradition and whomever you celebrate with this season, we wish you the very best! Happy holidays from Worldwide Ticketcraft!

 

6 Fundraising Ideas That Are Perfect for Winter

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Winter’s arrival is no reason to stop being charitable! On the contrary, many people experience a greater need for charity during winter because temperatures drop, necessitating more and warmer layers, heating bills rise, and travel can become difficult for some. The possibilities for doing good during the winter months are endless, from clothing and food drives to raising money for organizations that help transport the elderly and disabled, to funding shelters. Here are 6 fundraising ideas we think are great!

  1. Winter Carnival
    A great option for schools and churches, an winter carnival offers all the fun of summer carnivals, only inside. Pick a charity and charge an entrance fee. Hosting a raffle at the event can help increase ticket sales, and in place of rides you can offer winter-themed activities like a visit to the North Pole, cookie walk (instead of the traditional cake walk), and even a parade of lights or light display for guests to enjoy if you have an outdoor space to use.
  2. Cookie Party + Food Drive
    Cookie parties are tons of fun. Guests mingle, enjoy drinks and snacks, bake together, and, best of all, bring home a mountain of cookies! If you want to take your annual cookie party to another level this winter, add in a request for guests to bring canned and dry goods and take up a food drive. Since your guests will already be out shopping for baking ingredients at the grocery store, it’ll be easy for them to pick up a bagful of canned goods to donate on the same trip. You’ll help a lot of people and allow your guests to do something they feel good about this season, too.
  3. Warm Up Event
    Host a hot chocolate and warm cookie filled event where guests bring coats, hats, mittens, and blankets to donate to the homeless and others in need. While many coat drives take place before November, those less fortunate need warm clothes and coats throughout he holidays and winter months.
  4. Ice Skating
    An ice skating fundraiser, where attendees pay for a ticket or food and vendor proceeds go towards your cause, is a great way to raise money for your charity while having tons of fun! Ice skating is an activity that people of nearly all ages can enjoy—or enjoy watching as giggling guests slip and glide their way around the rink.
  5. Winter Wonderland
    A winter wonderland fundraiser is perfect for schools and youth organizations. Create an indoor, “snow”-filled paradise with different stations for story reading and winter folklore, learning about winter wildlife, and the winter holidays of multiple cultures.
  6. Super Bowl Tailgate Party
    Throw your own fundraising Super Bowl tailgate party that’s fun for all ages! A few ideas for raising money include selling mock Super Bowl tickets to the event, setting up games for kids and adults that are pay-to-play, and raffling off a home-made Super Bowl trophy or football memorabilia.

As you can see, winter can be tons of fun and winter activities offer a wealth of opportunity to put the “fun” in fundraising! Check out our raffle tickets, themed admission tickets, and more today!

Whatever Your Event, We Have it All

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Not only do we offer more flexibility and customizable features than any other ticketing outfitter on the web, we’ve also done a lot of legwork for you by creating admission packages with themes and products suited especially to your specific event. Whether you’re hosting a sporting event, musical concert, parade, or play, you’ll find an appropriately-matched ticketing product on our site. Read on to learn more about some of our best selling themed admission products.

Winter Events

Nutcracker
With winter just around the corner, dance troupes all across the country are gearing up for productions of The Nutcracker ballet. Our Nutcracker-themed posters, wristbands, and tickets have your performance admission needs covered. General admission tickets include personalized text on the body of the ticket and ticket stub as well as two foil security images on the front and a clear security varnish on the back. Reserved seating tickets come in one of six full-color image themes and seating information can be customized according to your venue. For shows with intermission, our wristbands are perfect. Choose from one of our Nutcracker themes or upload your own artwork and add custom text. Finally, 12×18”, DIY performance posters provide an eye-catching way to advertise your show.

Christmas
Christmas is a magical time of year, filled with cookie parties, fundraisers, theatrical events, winter concerts, and light parades. Whatever your event, we have an admission product to match. For larger events, or any event needing security, our Christmas-themed tickets with gold foil security badges and a clear security varnish have you covered. These tickets are sequentially numbered and customizable. General admission and reserved seating tickets are also available and allow several lines of customizable text, brightly colored Christmas background themes, and the option to upload your own artwork on reserved seating tickets. Tamper-proof, full-color wristbands are perfect for events with intermissions, alcohol, or security at the door and allow the option to choose from a Christmas theme or upload your own artwork and add text. Complete your event with DIY, full-color posters for marketing.

Sporting Events

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Purchase a complete package of admission products for your basketball tournament, game, or season or pick and choose from our line of basketball products. Options include 12×18”, full-color, DIY posters to advertise games, general admission tickets with or without security features, wristbands for re-entry that come in several basketball themes with the option to upload custom text, and DIY, laminated badges that allow you to upload your own artwork or choose from one of our full-color themes. Badges have an area to insert a personalized image or your sponsor’s logo.

Baseball
If baseball is your game (or another one of your games!), you’ll enjoy the same admission products as we offer for basketball (only in full-color baseball themes) with an extra option to include raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are full-color and include an image of a baseball player on the front. This large, 5.75×2.875” ticket with a 1.5” stub is easy to customize and add images to. It’s the perfect way to round out your tournament, playoff, or game’s admission needs and offering a raffle is a fun way to engage the crowd between games.

Concerts
We offer an array of concert tickets to suit any and all admission needs including general and reserved seating admission tickets, concert tickets with security features, DIY full-color posters, and DIY wristbands. All options allow the customer to upload artwork or choose from a variety of themes to suit their event’s needs, and include personalized text providing event details and additional information. Some design options allow for maps or advertising. View your options and get started.

5 Winter Performances for High School Drama Clubs

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With the holidays just around the corner, high school drama clubs across the country are gearing up to showcase their talents through a variety of winter performances. From dance to drama to literature, there are so many theatrical performances that traditionally take place in winter for drama clubs to recreate. These theatrical performances are always a fun way to kick off the holiday season and are sure to be an activity that your family will look forward to year after year. Whether you are looking for inspiration for your own school’s winter performance for years to come or wondering what type of performance you might see your local high school’s drama club put on, read on for few of the most popular and a couple ideas of our own!

  1. Christmas Carol
    A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, is thought by many to be the greatest Christmas story of all time. Filled with strong, memorable characters and images, the theatrical opportunities in the form of sets, costumes, and lighting are endless. Most importantly, A Christmas Carol is a story about one man’s transformation from cruel and miserly to generous and unconditionally loving through honest self-evaluation and change of heart.
  2. The Nutcracker
    The Nutcracker ballet, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is one of the most visually beautiful and fantastic performances of the holiday season. While traditionally performed by professional ballerinas and dancers, students with a lesser knowledge of ballet techniques can modify the dances by providing their own take on the music through interpretive or creative dance. The sets and costumes in The Nutcracker are typically colorful and joyful, another reason it’s a great piece to perform around the holidays.
  3. White Christmas
    White Christmas, originally a movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, is a heartwarming musical that combines the warmth, snow, and sparkle of the Christmas season with a glimpse back into post WWII culture. The story is upbeat and the original film incorporates song and dance at every turn. A high school drama club would do well taking a few scenes or songs to create a White Christmas montage or mash-up.
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life
    While this story has strong Christian undertones, it communicates a powerful message about the value of human life and how our generosity of spirit touches others in ways we may never know—perfect themes for high school aged students coming into their own as young adults.
  5. Multi-Cultural and Literary Monologues
    Instead of choosing one play or performance to recreate, high drama clubs may enjoy the dynamism and creativity provided by performing a series of monologues from winter literature. Among some of the most memorable are Edgar Allen Poe’s dark poem, “The Raven”, which takes place in December, Mark Twain’s “Letter from Santa Claus”, and Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from Saint Nicolas.” Folklore from other cultures can be woven in such as the Ukranian folk tale, “The Mitten”, or a Kwanzaa story. Finally, Hanukkah stories like the Hanukkah lights tale will round out the showcase of multi-cultural winter tales.

Football and Homecoming – America’s Favorite Fall Events!

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Fall is here — the leaves are turning, there’s a brisk chill in the air, and… forget all that, it’s FOOTBALL SEASON! It’s time for that annual tradition, heading out to your kid’s high school stadium to watch America’s true pastime under the Friday night lights. And one of the best parts of football season is the pageantry: the homemade signs, the marching band, the color guard and, of course, the homecoming game and dance.

There’s just nothing quite like homecoming. As alumni head back to their old stomping grounds to see how today’s kids are representing their alma mater, students are getting dressed up and exchanging bouquets and corsages. The football team has spent weeks preparing to show their mettle in front of the whole town. And of course, the parents (watching their son or daughter have a first real date or make the starting lineup) are just as excited and nervous as the kids themselves!

Of course, if you’re volunteering for the booster club, PTA, or working for school administration or alumni association, homecoming season requires a lot of thought and planning. You’ve got to make sure your game, dance or other event goes off without a hitch while still being memorable. We are here to help! We have not only tickets for individual games or events — all of which you can customize, uploading your own logos and photos — but also season ticket books that let you include the year’s game schedule, information about the team, and a picture of your stadium or star player! For alumni events, we offer a variety of quality, durable thermal or Tyvek wristbands.

Whether you’re on the field, in the stands, or behind the scenes, it’s important to get into the spirit of the season and make sure it’s a special one.

Students, Music is Good for Your Soul and Grades!

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Learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. It’s important for high school students to develop interest and involvement in the marching band, symphony, orchestra or other concerts because music learning supports all learning. Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument – a child learning about music must tap into multiple skill sets simultaneously.

Teachers and educators can help prepare their students to be future artists, audiences and patrons of the arts by putting on their very own concert. We offer tickets you can design yourself, tickets for reserved seating, and even tickets with security foil. If you plan to incorporate your concert performance into a fun fall or holiday carnival, you can use our concert wristbands. You can announce your concert to the entire school and community by using our beautiful design it yourself posters too.

It’s been proven that children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in some form of musical activity. Furthermore, research shows that music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the body. Music tones the brain for auditory fitness!

Participating in the high school symphony, band or orchestra could increase your child’s chance of graduating, as well as increase their scores in English and Math. Learning and mastering a musical instrument improves the way the brain breaks down and understands human language, making music students more apt to pick up a second language.

However, it’s important not to oversell how smart participating in music can make your child. The real goal should be to help your child become more musical, which will in turn make them more interesting, happy and the smarts will follow. By learning to appreciate all aspects of music, and to respect the process of learning new things such as how to sing or to play an instrument, your child will without a doubt become a better student.

Make a Slam Dunk with Our New Basketball Products!

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All across the country, high school gymnasiums are filling up with the sounds of squeaking sneakers, pounding dribbles, and nets swishing as student-athletes gear up for a new basketball season! With its free-flowing offenses, fluid ball movement, and improvisational highlights, the game is often compared to jazz music – and it’s usually just as exciting and unpredictable. There’s just nothing like watching a shooter come off a screen set by his teammate, catch a pass in stride, and lift up for a perfectly arcing jump shot that falls through the net just as time expires.

But even if you wouldn’t know where to begin to help your budding all-star with his cross-over dribble or post-up moves, there are still tons of ways you can get involved and show your support. Help make your kid’s next game, tournament, or skills clinic memorable with professional-grade products from our new basketball section. While there, you can create great looking, personalized ticketing products for the upcoming rivalry game.

Our high quality foil game tickets incorporate security features and are sequentially numbered to let you track attendance. Our foil tickets are even designed to let you use them as raffle tickets, so you could have a half-court shot contest at halftime. Choose from multiple designs of vividly-colored posters that will let you get the word out about the next game.

But don’t forget that selling game tickets isn’t the only way to raise money for your favorite basketball team. Set up a weekend clinic for younger children in the area, with your kid’s high school team teaching them the fundamentals and importance of teamwork. At our website, you can design badges and lanyards for the clinic (or tournament) that will make the event feel even more special for everyone involved — you can even upload your team’s logo onto the badges! Or if you want something a little more simply, especially for small children, opt for our fun, basketball themed wristbands!

Basketball season is right around the corner, and it’s the best time of year for hoops junkies all over the world. How can we help make this season more memorable for your team?