A New Year, a New Blog

a-new-year-a-new-blogWith the start of a new year always come changes big and small, and for us it’s time for a pretty big change. Long-time followers of EventD8 will know that we’re the event planning resource branch of Worldwide Ticketcraft. EventD8 has been a valuable source of information and ideas for event planners, but it’s time for something new. With great excitement for what’s to come, we’re announcing the end of the EventD8 blog, and the beginning of a new event planning blog on the Worldwide Ticketcraft website.

Fear not! If you love the ideas, news, articles, and other content you currently get on the EventD8 website, it’s easy to switch over to our new blog. If you want to continue receiving our news without interruption, all you have to do is subscribe to the new blog, here. You can also subscribe to the news feed here.

It’s always a little bittersweet saying goodbye to a venture you’ve poured your efforts into for many years, but when you’re moving on to bigger and better things, it’s for the best. All of us here at EventD8 are looking forward to spreading our wings at the new Worldwide Ticketcraft blog, and providing even more helpful articles and event planning ideas for you in the years to come!

EventD8 has fulfilled its purpose, and the business has grown beyond it. Consolidating our branding under the Worldwide Ticketcraft banner will offer all sorts of new opportunities. It will also allow us to bring you a more cohesive and easy-to-navigate online experience. Once we’ve switched over to the new blog, you’ll get a smoother, more polished reading experience. So, don’t forget to opt in to receive our event planning news at our new blog.

From all of us here at EventD8, thank you for reading, and have a happy and successful 2017!

 

Customize Your Ticket Security with Our New UV/Blacklight Feature

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You already trust Worldwide Ticketcraft to provide the best in DIY ticket options, especially when it comes to modern security features. Of course, we’re always striving to offer state-of-the-art features for our tickets, whether that be novel materials and printing processes, useful products that complement your admissions packages, or better ways to handle security. Today we’d like to introduce our newest offering: customizable UV/blacklight security features.

You can now add a UV/blacklight security feature to any of our DIY tickets (General Admission or Reserved Seating), giving you peace of mind and ease of ticket checking at the venue on the night of your big event. UV/blacklight security is perfect for nightclubs, theatres, or outdoor venues, especially for events taking place in the evening. Low lighting is no excuse for sloppy ticket handling, and a UV security feature streamlines the checking process and makes it extremely difficult for forgeries to slip past. Just take a look at the image above to see this great new feature in action on a real ticket!

The best part is that our UV/blacklight security feature is customizable, too! We can use your logo or watermark to customize the UV-reactive image, making it easy to check tickets and help your guests breeze through entry. Fewer lines and less of a pain for the door attendants! The UV/blacklight image is applied to the back of a ticket, leaving the front unobstructed to best display your custom ticket designs.

As always, our tickets can be personalized to your heart’s content, and ordered in a wide variety of colors, styles, themes, and layouts. Try filling in your event information on our existing customizable designs, or uploading your own artwork! The UV/blacklight security option is available in addition to these already beloved features of ordering with Worldwide Ticketcraft. We want your next event to be a roaring success, and that starts with great admissions products.

With UV/blacklight features added to our suite of practical and effective security measures, you can be sure that only genuine ticket holders are getting through the door at your next event. Worldwide Ticketcraft is committed to upholding the highest standards in security and quality while providing you with easy-to-use ordering and design interfaces, as well as competitive prices and shipping times. With the admissions products taken care of, you can focus your energies on making your events truly special. The artists and venues you work with will thank you for your attention to detail and focus on security.

Up Your Admissions Game with The Ticket Wallet

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Today we’d like to share a secret from working in the events business for so long: the single best way to create a positive first impression for your event is to deliver admissions items like tickets in the perfect package. A ticket, pass, or badge is the very first way your guests engage with an event, so it should reflect the experience you want attendees to have. As an organizer, you need to be thinking about how to package your tickets to create that positive association with your event, and extend your branding to the materials guests see first. Our favorite solution at Worldwide Ticketcraft is the fully customizable Ticket Wallet.

When they are beautiful, functional, and packaged in a way that is organized and attractive, tickets become more than the simple pieces of cardstock or plastic they start out as. Admissions products act like ambassadors for your event, being the first tangible piece of an experience that you want them to remember. The best tickets can also become souvenirs, to be held onto as a link to the good memories guests will associate with your event. Using a product like the Ticket Wallet allows you to extend your event branding, provide information to guests, and get them excited for the occasion while also staying organized for it. We’ve listed some of the major benefits of ticket wallets below:

  • Storage and organization. Whether hanging onto multiple tickets for the entire family when attending a performance or sporting event, or trying to keep many tickets for a multi-day conference or convention together, the ticket wallet provides the perfect storage option. Easier to carry and locate than a stack of tickets, this deceptively simple product helps keep lost tickets to a minimum and keeps your event running smoothly.
  • Easier mailing. With customizable dimensions, a ticket wallet can be made to fit the size of envelope you send tickets in by mail. The durable cardstock helps prevent tickets being folded, crumpled, or otherwise damaged in the mail.
  • Consistent event branding. If admissions products are the first thing your guests see about your event, you want them to be wowed! An attractively designed ticket wallet with your logo, promotional photos, and color scheme gets people excited to attend.
  • Providing key information. Especially good for longer events or events with multiple components, a ticket wallet can be printed with key contact info, a basic schedule, a map, or any other vital pieces of information your attendees may need. Because they’ll likely have the wallet on hand throughout the event, it’s a perfect place for commonly referenced information to be printed.
  • Looking professional. You may have noticed that your tickets were enclosed in a similar wallet product for the last big stage production you saw, or the last conference you attended. All the major events companies are catching on to how useful and attractive a product like this is. With a minimal financial investment relative to other aspects of event organization, a ticket wallet adds a lot of perceived value to attendees, and makes any event look more professional.

Of course, being fully customizable, you design it yourself and can include anything your clever event planner’s mind can come up with! The Ticket Wallet is such a flexible and multipurpose admissions product that you can use it to fill whatever needs your next event has. Your attendees will be impressed, and your event will stand out as being better organized and more recognizably branded.

When you’re ready to up the game of your admissions products, check out our ticket wallet page and request a quote here.

Stand Out From the Crowd with “The Cricket”: Meet Our New, Clear Ticket and Credential Product

Stand Out From the Crowd with The Cricket Meet Our New, Clear Ticket and Credential ProductIf you regularly organize events, you probably get bored with looking at the same kinds of tickets all the time. Even if you try to order custom tickets or use a new design, it doesn’t always make it into the kind of keepsake that gets guests thinking about their memories of your event and how much they enjoyed themselves. If you’re looking for a truly unique ticketing product that will take your event to the next level in professionalism and great design, Worldwide Ticketcraft has just the thing available! It’s called The Cricket, which is essentially an oversized ticket printed on a clear plastic. With a single glance, these new clear tickets grab attention like no other admissions product.

Most tickets are fairly impersonal, and produced at the lowest cost available, with simple text for the event details, and a plain background. Paper or cardstock tickets and credential badges are also not the most durable, often requiring laminating or plastic sleeves if they will be used over multiple days. The Cricket is different; these durable plastic creations have a multitude of features which make them stand apart from a traditional ticket, including:

  • Full color printing on clear plastic. These tickets are vibrant like no other admissions product, with high quality, colorful inks that really “pop”!
  • Personalized for each patron. Each ticket or credentials badge is individually printed, so the customization options are endless.
  • White ink for opacity and variable information. For contrast against the clear background, and effective visual communication, white ink can be used in addition to black and colors.  
  • 20 and 30 mil thickness options. Choose your durability depending on your needs.
  • Any shape or size. However you want to design your ticket or other admissions and events product, you have complete flexibility with The Cricket. Let your imagination run wild!
  • Slot punch for attaching lanyards. Make badges simple to design with this optional feature.

Worldwide Ticketcraft has developed and tested the clear ticket to meet the highest quality standards. Your guests will be impressed by these gorgeous tickets and events products—designed for multiple uses, The Cricket can meet the needs of any venue for admission, ID verification, or special access. Each printed item can be personalized for individual patrons to include a barcode, consecutive number, name, date, or whatever other information you require. Thanks to this unlimited customizability, The Cricket goes beyond just ticketing. Here are a few other options for this revolutionary admissions product:

  • Backstage Pass
  • Membership Pass
  • Commemorative Ticket
  • Sideline Pass
  • Suite Holder Badge
  • Parking Hang Tag
  • Opening Day or Night Admission
  • Oversize specialty ticket
  • Whatever else you can dream up!

Not only does this give you the freedom to design just about anything for your upcoming event, it also makes for a great souvenir for guests to hold onto. Unlike a paper ticket stub, your attendees will want to keep their beautiful clear ticket or badge. When they look at it, they’ll appreciate the effort put into designing a beautiful and functional ticket. The memories of your event will remain strong in their minds, and that’s one of the best ways to attract repeat patrons to your events in future! When you’re ready to make the leap to the next big advance in admissions products, learn more about The Cricket and request a quote here.

6 Things to Consider When Planning a Reunion

6 Things to Consider When Planning a ReunionAre you thinking about hosting a family or school reunion? Ah, reunions! There’s nothing quite like reconnecting with beloved relatives, meeting new family members, or seeing old friends. Hosting a reunion is one of the most personal and rewarding types of event planning, and a good reunion will leave guests with fond memories for years to come. Of course, if you haven’t planned a reunion before, it can seem like a daunting task. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of suggestions to help you figure out what kind of reunion you’d like to host, and what you’ll need to do to make it a success.

#1: Why do you want to throw a reunion?
Is there a big milestone coming up for your family (grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, a 90th birthday, etc.) or your graduating class (5, 10, or 25 years since you finished high school, college, etc.)? You might have a specific occasion in mind, or you might simply have been thinking about how nice it would be to get your long-distance family members together. Some families only see distant relations for funerals… how depressing! A reunion is a great chance to form positive memories with loved ones or cherished friends whom you might not see regularly.

#2: How big is your reunion going to be?
Is it going to be a smaller affair (25 or fewer people, just immediate family members, or a small club or group from college) or a huge party (50+ people, your extended family and their partners, or your entire graduating class)? A small, intimate reunion can be nice for families who are spread out over a great distance, but a larger reunion gives you the chance to catch up with relatives or friends whom you may not see frequently.

#3: What venue do you want to host your reunion at?
Smaller gatherings may only require the use of someone’s home and yard. A family BBQ reunion can be a great time! But if you want to host a themed party or organize activities for many guests, renting a restaurant, banquet hall, or other venue may be preferable.

#4: How are you going to determine number of attendees?
It’s very difficult to plan a good reunion without having an accurate number of guests to go by! The number of people who will attend determines what kind of venue you’ll want to rent, how much food to order or prepare, and many other aspects of reunion planning. A Facebook event just won’t cut it when planning a major event, as the numbers are never accurate, and older relatives may not even have an account–or a computer, for that matter! Sending out invitations with an RSVP date is the classic way to gauge attendance. An even better option is to include the contact information your guests will need to RSVP right on the ticket! Our Design-it-Yourself Invitation Tickets provide RSVP information on your event ticket.

#5: How are you going to handle admissions?
Handling admission on the day of the event is especially important for large school reunions or massive every-remotely-related-family-member-you-could-track-down get-togethers, to ensure everything runs smoothly. Pre-selling tickets is one of the best ways to both gauge the number of guests you’ll have, and provide the money needed to pay for venue rental, catering, and any entertainment you may want. One of the simplest and most cost-effective custom ticket options out there is our Design It Yourself Computik General Admission tickets. Simple to design and order, they’re an excellent choice for any reunion event.

#6: What time of year would be best for your reunion?
The month you plan to hold your reunion event can really determine how many people are able to attend. Although you could hold an indoor event at any time of year, large reunions at outdoor locations such as campgrounds, cottages, gardens, or islands can really be the most fun, especially for families. Having an outdoor family reunion means there’s no shortage of activities to keep children occupied, and opens up more food options like picnics and barbecues.

Late summer is a great time to hold a reunion, when the weather is good, the kids are out of school, and the young adults of the family are not yet occupied with college studies again. Late summer is also a good bet for hosting school reunions, because it’s the slow season for many businesses and a time that many people like to take their vacation days to travel. If you start planning now, it would be a snap to pull together a reunion in 6-8 weeks.

While there are still many details to think about, hopefully this article has given you the basic starting points for planning your reunion event. With the right preparation, planning a reunion doesn’t have to be stressful, and the results will be worth it. Having a chance to make memories with family members or friends you don’t get to see very often is a special event worth celebrating and commemorating.

Broadway Shows This Coming Season

EventD8 - Broadway Shows This Upcoming Season - 05-08-2016 - V1Here is a shocking and controversial statement… There is more to Broadway than just Hamilton! Right now the hottest ticket in town is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about Alexander Hamilton, one of our founding fathers. And it is absolutely impossible to get tickets. Those who saw the show off-Broadway or booked tickets early in the show’s run are extraordinarily lucky, as the show is now sold out for the foreseeable future. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t dozens of other shows on Broadway that are well worth your time and money! To get you ahead of the crowd, here’s the scoop on some of the major shows that will be debuting on Broadway in the 2016-2017 season. It might be a good idea to book your tickets now!

Cats
If you know anything at all about musicals, you know about Cats. It is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most popular and successful shows, running 18 years on Broadway. This upcoming season, Cats is back with a brand new production from the original director, Trever Nunn, and a brand new choreographer, Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler! If you missed it the first time around, or even if you saw it a hundred times, you should book now. This new production is going to be a very hot ticket!

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, a musical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, debuted off-Broadway in a tent in 2014. After appearing on multiple critics best of lists, it is now triumphantly arriving on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre later in 2016. The show uses an interactive style of storytelling with the musical being staged around the audience. And for those who want a little bit of star power, Josh Groban will be playing the leading role! If you are a fan of history, literature, handsome pop stars, or just have a thing for Russia, this is a show you can’t miss!

Falsettos
Long before the Broadway success of The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, writer and composer William Finn was the toast of Broadway for his semi-autobiographical musical Falsettos. Dealing with the delicate subject matter of being gay in 1980s America, this groundbreaking musical won multiple Tony awards. Now it is back with a brand new revival production from the original director James Lapine. This is sure to be a critical hit so it might be worth getting tickets early on so you can have bragging rights later!

Anastasia
The beloved childhood animated film is being made into a Broadway musical! The team behind the classic Broadway musical Ragtime (Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty) reunite to tell the story of the possible Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, the youngest daughter of the last Czar. The musical will expand on the movie with brand new songs and characters. Hamilton proved that shows about history are hot on Broadway, so between that and the name recognition of the film, you can expect tickets to go fast!

There are a ton of incredible shows on right now on Broadway and it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon! Worldwide Ticketcraft loves the theatre, from Broadway to community productions. If you are looking to give your latest production that extra edge, we are here with professional and affordable tickets for your venue that every audience member will feel privileged to hold!

On with the show!

How to Order Tickets for your 4th of July Extravaganza!

How to Order Tickets for your 4th of July Extravaganza!Does your organization have plans for an exciting Independence Day event? Worldwide Ticketcraft offers custom tickets, for general admission all the way to a 4th of July raffle, to celebrate the birth of our country! To get started, just click here and follow the steps below:

Step 1 – PRODUCTS

Welcome to the 4th of July product page! Here you can select the product that is perfect for your event. For the purposes of this guide, click on “Design It Yourself GA 4th of July Themed Tickets” to get started.

Step 1Step 2 – QUANTITY

On this page, you will find a description of the product along with the number of tickets that you would like to order. If you are having a large event, let’s say that you need at least 1000 tickets. Just put that into the “Number of Tickets” field and then click on “Customize Order.”

Step 2Step 3 – CUSTOMIZE

On this design screen, you can customize your tickets with whatever information you need. On the left-hand side, you will see a number of different options. First, click on the top option to pick a design background for your ticket. Second, put in the information (time, date, venue, and stub details) for your event. With each decision, you will see your ticket take shape in the preview ticket window. Just below this preview, you will see a selection screen with both sides of your ticket. Page 1 has your general information and page 2 has any disclaimer you wish to include. After you are finished, click the “Approve/Checkout” button and go to the next page.

Step 3Step 4 – APPROVE

This is where you will see the final preview of your ticket. Make sure that everything is exactly as you want it, mark the box next to “I accept the conditions”, and then click the “Continue” button.

Step 4Step 5 – SHOPPING CART

You are now back on the main DIY Products page. Up in the top right-hand corner of the screen, you will see your cart. Click on it to go to your shopping cart to put in your purchase info.

Here you can easily create an account with us so you can track your orders in the future. Click on “Create an Account” button or login if you already have an account.

Step 5Step 6 – CREATE AN ACCOUNT

Fill out your information here on the “Create an Account” page. After you are finished, click on the “Create Account” button at the bottom to continue.

Step 7Step 7 – ACCOUNT CREATED

Now you have a Worldwide Ticketcraft account! To get to the checkout page, just go to “Click here to login.”

Step 8Step 8 – LOGIN

Here, just put in your newly created username and password.

Step 9Step 9 – CHECKOUT

Now that you have created an account, your shipping and billing information should already be filled out. If it isn’t, just put in your zip code and select a shipping method. You can also “Save for Later” by clicking on the grey disk image. For now, let’s click “Proceed to Checkout”.

Step 10Step 10 – ENTER PAYMENT

Now all you have to do is put in your payment information, click on “Process Credit Card”, and you are done!

Now you have perfect, professional 4th of July event tickets! At WorldwideTicketcraft.com, we have everything you’ll need to run a successful and safe event; badges, raffle tickets, posters, wristbands, concession tickets and more! No matter what the occasion, from a Football game to a dance recital, we can help you put on the perfect event! Happy 4th of July!

Who Doesn’t Love Food, Drinks, and a Good Raffle?

Who Doesn’t Love Food, Drinks, and a Good RaffleIf you’re holding a food and drink event and you haven’t made a raffle part of the plan yet, you should! Raffles are the leading method of raising money for good causes across the United States and around the world.

A raffle is the perfect match for your Craft Beer Festival, Wine Tasting Event, Pancake Breakfast, Spaghetti Dinner, Food Bank, or Food Truck Rally. When people attend events of these kinds, they are engaged and active participants who are invested in being part of the action. People bring money to spend on all of the wonderful food and drinks so it’s not a stretch for them to extend their spending to buy some 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.

Along with arranging security and applying for your liquor permit, be sure to double check the raffle and charitable lottery rules for your area. Once you’ve cleared the rules, you can get started on holding a successful raffle! The steps are simple:

#1: Obtain Prizes
Source appealing items to use as prizes for your raffle. If you can solicit donations from local businesses and organizations, this is a great way to get the ball rolling for your prizes. Aim for 2-3 prizes; a first prize and one or two runner up prizes.

#2: Order your Tickets
Preparing your raffle tickets has never been easier than with the modern convenience of today’s online ticket ordering. You can order your tickets, have them shipped, and have them in your hands within just a few days. There are Raffle Roll Tickets, Full Color Raffle Tickets, and Raffle Tickets On A Budget. You can choose from existing themes including Wine, Pancake Breakfast, and Spaghetti Dinner o design your own tickets in full color with DIY raffle tickets from Worldwide Ticketcraft.

#3: Set your Ticket Prices
It’s great if your prizes are large and appealing enough that you can sell tickets for at least $5 each. You can also offer groups of of tickets for packaged pricing like 1 ticket for $5 and 3 tickets for $12. This is always a great way to sell more tickets! For more moderately priced tickets, try 1 for $3, 2 for $5, 4 for $10, and 10 for $20.

#4: Prepare your Space, Volunteers & Staff
Make sure that you have a clearly marked place to buy tickets, and also have staff or volunteers situated throughout your event to sell tickets so that the raffle is visible and front of mine. Prep your team with easy to remember scripts that they feel comfortable speaking repeatedly throughout the event, including information about how great the prizes are and what a good cause the raffle is supporting.

#5: Sell the Tickets
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. When selling, your staff should never be pushy, but very friendly and encouraging. The more excited that your team feels about both the prizes and the cause, the more they’ll be able to influence your participants to buy more raffle tickets.

Purchasing raffle tickets is a natural extension of enjoying the food and drink on offer at your event. It’s a great way to fundraise, and a great way to leverage the spirit of your festivities to help achieve your fundraising goals. With the right enthusiasm and planning, your food and beverage fans may just enjoy the thrill of the raffle as much as the chow they’re enjoying. Bon appetite!

7 Easy Steps to Make your Chinese Raffle a Hit!

Chinese Raffle TicketsChinese Raffles are a terrific way to fundraise for your charity, school, club, church, or community organization. When you know how to run one of these raffles, you have the potential to raise a lot of money for your cause. They’re one of the most dynamic ways to organize a raffle, and they’re a lot of fun for participants. More fun can equal more lucrative fundraising results, which creates a definite win:win situation for organizers and participants alike.

What is a Chinese Raffle?

Many people also refer to this type of raffle as a Chinese auction, basket auction, penny (or nickel, or quarter) auction. It’s a fundraising event in which participants purchase small tickets that they can submit to win a variety of prizes.

How does a Chinese Raffle work?

The basic concept has two parts: the “auction” phase and the “raffle” phase. The raffle organizers seek out donations for prizes for the auction. At the time of the event, the prizes are put on display on tables for guests to peruse. In front of each prize is a designated basket, bowl, box, or some sort of vessel to hold the tickets for each prize.

The Auction Phase

During the auction phase, participants purchase sheets of tickets and each ticket is used as a “bid” for a chance to win the items of their choosing. They place however many tickets they would like in the baskets that correspond with the prizes they would like to try to win. This is fun for participants because they have a lot of choice in how they can spend their tickets. Participants may increase their chance of winning by bidding more tickets on one specific item. If someone really wants to win one particular prize, they might put most or all of their tickets in that lot to try to win that prize, or they could spread their tickets out among all of the prizes.

The Raffle Phase

At the conclusion of bidding, a raffle is held to draw the winners. The raffle stage is really like a series of raffles. One winning ticket is drawn for each raffle item. The more tickets a person deposits into each basket, the higher their chance will be to win the item. Participants who bought a lot of tickets and bid on several items might win many times. It can be fun to create a ceremony for the draw and to make the announcements publicly, or you can contact the winners after the event if they’re no longer present.

Part of the draw for a Chinese Raffle is that ticket costs are quite low per ticket and, if you’ve been able to round up desirable prizes, lucky winners can get a great deal. The more desirable your prizes, the more heated the bidding will become. It’s an amusing and fruitful process!

What You Need to Run a Chinese Auction

  • Volunteers
    • To round up prizes
    • To promote the event
    • To sell tickets
    • To help set up and run the event
  • Baskets, bowls, boxes, or a similar vessel to collect the tickets for each prize
  • Raffle prizes, donated from sponsors and generous donors
  • Raffle tickets, like our 25 chip and the 20 chip DIY Chinese Auction/Raffle Tickets. Order 100 minimum tickets that can be customized with your logo or image.

Optional:

  • You can also sell tickets for an entrance fee with a door prize, particularly if your event will include other entertainment or attractions.

Step 1 – Recruit Volunteers

About 4-6 volunteers are ideal, or more if you plan to hold a very large event.

Step 2 – Seek Out Prize Donations

Have your volunteers reach out to their networks to request prizes for the auction. Prizes might come from members of the organization in question, local businesses, supporters, friends and family members. Consider offering businesses and organizations advertising space in your event program if you have one, or list their sponsorship on your website and on social media. Prizes might be physical prizes, or gift certificates for different kinds of experiences.

Popular items include spa packages, wine tours, entertainment tickets, restaurant certificates, vacation travel deals, consumer electronics items, and wine is always popular.

Also request contributions for refreshments that you can offer at your event as part of the incentive for having people attend. If you’re charging an admission price, include a snack and beverage in the cost of the ticket, or you could offer a cash snack bar. Reach out to a local caterer to see if they might discount their services or an ‘in kind’ donation of sponsorship in the form of food.

Plan to print programs for the event that include recognition and thanks to sponsors, donors, and volunteers. You can also sell advertising spots in the program, and be sure to include a list of items being auctioned to entice participants and excite them about the bidding process.

Step 3 – Promote your Event

This is, perhaps, the most important step in the process. The success of your event will depend on the number of people in attendance and the quantity of tickets that they purchase. Advertise your event on social media, on your website if you have one, on community boards, and with posters (link) in your community. Check your area for free or inexpensive event calendars that you can post in. Make sure to get your entire volunteer team on board so that they can help to promote the event with their networks and build interest and excitement for the cause.

Step 4 – Prepare the Prizes

Arrange large prizes on display alone and group smaller donations into prize baskets. Bundling items together can create additional appeal for those prizes and often raises more money than a small item would individually.

Assign a number to each prize and consider providing a sheet with a description to display with each prize. Prepare a small bowl, box, or basket to go with the prize that will hold the raffle tickets for that item and include the appropriate corresponding number. A brown paper bag can also work well.

Step 5 — Prepare the Tickets

Prepare your ticket bundles in advance and price your tickets in bundles of 25, 50, or 100 tickets. Have a cash float on hand and try to set out easy prices that will allow for quick sales.

Step 6 – Running the Event

Prepare a ticket table at the door to sell the raffle tickets.

If your event will include an admission ticket, you can sell and collect this too. If you sell an admission ticket, use the stubs to conduct a draw for a door prize.

Allow attendees plenty of time to buy their tickets, evaluate the prizes, and place their bids. Depending on the nature of your event, you might allow an hour, or the bidding might go on all day if the raffle is part of a larger festival.

Step 7 – Award the Prizes

When the time comes to conduct the draw, shake up the tickets in each basket, box, or bag and draw one ticket out of each. If you plan to conduct live announcements, this can be a very exciting and fun time for attendees to witness the draw and cheer on the winners. If you’re also awarding door prizes, pause part way through the Chinese Raffle to draw for the door prize, then resume drawing the prizes.

Follow these 7 steps for your next Chinese raffle and your fundraiser is sure to be a success. The more prizes that you’re able to collect, and the more people that you have in attendance creates a recipe for financial success for your cause. Best of luck, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Showing Veterans Our Appreciation with Veteran Event Tickets

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There is a very worthy movement continuing to sweep our nation, and that is the appreciation of our veterans. It’s not a new movement, but the ways in which we recognize our veterans is growing. Appreciation can come in many different forms, and for event organizers, offering veteran tickets for your next event is worth consideration.

Take VetTix (link) , the Veteran Tickets Foundation. Their program has been created to provide free and discounted tickets to those currently serving and to veterans of all branches of the US military.

It’s all about giving something back to these brave people who have given something so important to us. The program makes tickets available not only to veterans but also to family members of troops killed in action. There are veteran tickets that are offered for large events like concerts, performing arts, and sporting events, and also for smaller events like family activities.

If you’re an event organizer, consider offering some form of veteran tickets. You could offer a discount to veterans, but what a wonderful gesture it would be to create a pool of tickets available free of charge to our veterans and their families. If you have extra tickets or seats available anyways, then why not fill those seats with veterans? Not only would such a donation be noble and generous of you, but your other patrons will appreciate that you’re making such a worthwhile gesture.

At the time of this article, 1,582,566 event tickets have been given out by the Veteran Ticket Foundation to our military, veterans, and their families in all 50 States and Washington, DC to our Military, Veterans and their families.

Offering veteran tickets really adds a lot of value to these people’s lives. The burdens of war carry both physical and mental weight that can stay with veterans for their entire lives. By donating tickets, we’re giving veterans a way to strengthen their family bonds and also an encouraging way for them to stay engaged with their community. Attending events provides a form of entertainment for them that can go a long way to reduce the stress of a very intense livelihood. It’s a wonderful gift.

If you’re an event organizer, consider donating event tickets to the Foundation. It’s a wonderful way to acknowledge our veterans.