5 Ways to Turn Your School’s Spring Fling into a Fundraising Machine

5 Ways to Turn Your School's Spring Fling into a Fundraising MachineAre you ready for Spring Fling?

Springtime is right around the corner and with it comes everyone’s favorite Spring Fling. This seasonal get together is a fun social event celebrated by many colleges and universities consisting of a series of events organized by different student groups. Activities range from sporting events to carnivals and usually culminate with a large-scale dance at the end.

Is your school planning to celebrate an event this year? It’s the perfect opportunity to raise funds for your school or a local charity. It’s a wonderful time of festivities and a natural fit for supporting good causes and doing so is easier than you might think. Read on for my 5 ways to turn your school’s spring festivities into a fundraising machine this year.

#1: GET DONATIONS
To start, I recommend connecting with local businesses and school sponsors to collect donations. The organizations can either donate funds directly to your charity or they can provide items that will be essential to the success of your Spring Fling. For example, they could donate paper supplies, food, prizes to give away at raffles, or even a space to host the celebration.

#2: SELL TICKETS
The first place to start to raise funds internally is to sell tickets for the Spring Fling. You can choose between event wristbands and tickets with stubs to be used for a raffle later on in the day, plus they make fun keepsakes. You can also sell roll tickets both for admission and also for food, beverages, or activities at the event.

#3: PICK A THEME
This is a great chance to be creative! Everyone loves a good themed party, and this is your chance to be creative. A fun theme gives people something special to look forward to, and creates distinct memories that people will carry with them for the rest of their lives. For example, you might consider closing out the activities with a big Masquerade Ball that no one is soon to forget. When you pick a theme, you build extra excitement and sell more tickets.

#4: MARKETING IS KEY
Part of any great event is getting the word out and building a buzz. Even in these days of social media, there is nothing quite as effective as an eye-catching poster. An ideal poster size is 12 X 18 and with Design It Yourself poster options easily available online, you can customize each poster to include the name and date of the event, along with the day’s activities and the goal amount that you are trying to raise for your school. Posters inviting students and the community to the big event can be hung all over the campus and in local shops. Spread the word!

#5: SILENT AUCTIONS AND RAFFLES
Both silent auctions and raffles are excellent ways to fundraise and I highly recommend that you choose to run one as part of your Spring Fling. Whether you choose to host a silent auction or a raffle is worth consideration; each has its own unique benefits. Silent auctions are great for big-ticket items that are popular enough that they could trigger a bidding war while raffles are great because almost everyone can afford to purchase a raffle ticket or two. Both of these activities will equal big bucks for your charity at the end of the event. For your silent auction, you’ll need bid slips to help the event to run smoothly, while for raffles there are a variety of ticket styles to choose from. You can also combine the idea of a silent auction and a raffle by holding a Chinese Raffle. Learn more about how to run a Chinese Raffle here.

You can also use the ticket stubs from your silent auction or raffle to collect names, emails, and phone numbers to add to your mailing list.

Spring events like the Spring Fling are some of the biggest highlights of the year. When you combine the excitement of your event with fundraising efforts, not only does everyone have an incredible, memorable time that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, but you also generate funds to go to a great cause.

How does your school celebrate Spring Fling?

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Back to School: Looking Forward to Fall Events

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It’s hard to believe that September is just around the corner, and for some parts of the United States school has already begun. While the back to school season is bitter sweet for many, there is so much to look forward to. There are the academics, of course, but outside of the classroom there are so many extracurricular events that take place throughout the fall. Looking forward, it’s hard not to get excited!

Now is the time to consider how you’d like to shape your year. What sports teams or social clubs would you like to try out for or get involved with? With each activity comes a different set of schedules and commitment. Extracurricular activities can get busy, but being a part of a team or group is an enriching social experience that you’ll always look back on and remember fondly.

If you’re a sports enthusiast, taking note of your favorite team’s fall schedule is definitely something to look forward to. Whether its football, soccer, or the cheerleading squad, participating in any of these teams as a member or as a sports spectator will definitely mean marking your calendar with fun! While some events might be free, there may be events that require obtaining tickets in advance. Plan ahead to purchase tickets so you don’t miss out on exciting events.

What other clubs and committees are available at your school? Do a bit of research and make sure that you know what the options are. From chess to debating, drama to dance, student council to singing, there’s something available for any student’s taste. Each club will have their own fall schedule for meetings and special events. Check your school’s club listings to find something that will be a good fit for you, and if you’re really lucky your school might even offer a Club Day where the groups showcase their offerings.

Homecoming is an annual autumn tradition and many people, towns, high schools, and colleges will likely be coming together sometime in late September or early October to welcome back alumni and former residents. What does your school have planned for homecoming this year? Will there be a banquet? A homecoming dance? Will your school have a football game, or another sporting event? Homecoming is such a great way to feel connected to your school and to your community. Check the date for your homecoming events and make sure to circle it on your calendar.

It might seem early to think about it now, but Halloween is just around the corner and, as the fastest growing holiday, it can also be the most creative and playful. If you’re a spook-enthusiast you might start thinking about your Halloween costume now. Take note of any special Halloween events and dances that will be taking place at your school so you can participate. You might even like to get involved with your school’s event organizing committee. From the decorations to planning theme music to arranging the tickets and promotions, volunteering is a great way to socialize and be connected at school.

Behind the scenes of any of the autumn events taking place at your school, there is always a hard-working organizing committee. Consider volunteering with your school’s committee of hard working visionaries. Many hands make light work, and it can be a very rewarding experience to join in the planning efforts with other school-spirited volunteers. Organizers of any of these school team events should start thinking now about how the events will play out. Now is the time to get the right tickets to make sure that your event goes smoothly. Check out the vast array of tickets at Worldwide Ticketcraft to choose the tickets that will be right for you.

We hope that you have a smooth transition back to school and that this fall is eventful and productive for everyone.

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?

You’re Cordially Invited to The Nutcracker!

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There are many reasons people get excited this time of year but one universal source of joy for people all over the globe is found by attending The Nutcracker ballet. This event is a long standing spectacular tradition – good for the young or the young at heart! The first performance of the ballet was held around the Christmas holiday season in 1892, at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The popularity grew outside of Russia into England by 1934 and by 1944 the San Francisco Ballet held the first United States performance. For the last 70 years, The Nutcracker has evolved into a cherished favorite. See our Top Ten Must-See list below for more details on performances in your area. If you’ve never been before or if you haven’t had a chance to take your children yet consider this your formal invitation to make 2014 the year to experience the wonders of The Nutcracker! Read on to find where the nutcracker in playing in your state!

The Nutcracker: The Holiday Must-See Event:

  1. Houston Ballet
    Nutcracker shows tradition can still thrill.”- Houston Chronicle
  2. Boston Ballet
    “A holiday season without The Nutcracker would be like New Year’s Eve without champagne.” –The Improper Bostonian
  3. San Francisco Ballet
    Get out your iPad and interact with SF Ballet’s magical production through the new iPad application!
  4. New York City Ballet
    George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ is one of the most complex theatrical, staged ballets in the Company’s active repertory.–NYCB
  5. Atlanta Ballet
    “For Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, the beauty of the dance makes the gift.” –ArtsATL
  6. Pacific Northwest Ballet
    Pacific Northwest Ballet can proudly lay claim to the world’s most recognized and celebrated production of Nutcracker.
  7. Miami City Ballet
    This lavish performance – one of the ONLY productions of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker ™ in the nation – features magnificent scenery, elaborate costumes, and the magical music of Tchaikovsky.
  8. Ballet Chicago2014 marks the 18th year of Ballet Chicago’s performances of The Nutcracker!
  9. Saint Louis Ballet
    “Lovely ‘Nutcracker’ spins holiday magic at Touhill.” –The Current
  10. Moscow Ballet
    Moscow Ballet performs Russian ballets in over 70 cities across North America annually. Get tickets in Your City!

In addition to attending one of these amazing events above you could always put on a Nutcracker production of your own at your school or local theater company. Check out all of the awesome Nutcracker ballet products we offer to make your production one to remember! Journey with Clara as she dances on the arm of the Nutcracker Prince through sparkling snowflakes in a kingdom of sweets. Come one, come all and experience the magic of The Nutcracker!