This week I contacted many establishments around campus to see if they could donate silent auction items or become a sponsor and I have learned a few things.
- Have something ready to say . You don’t want to talk to the manager of the store and stumble over your words. It sounds unprofessional, and when you are asking for a monetary donations you want to sound as professional as possible.
- Don’t worry if you go off script. Although you want to have something prepared, you don’t want to sound like you are reading from a script. It should sound natural.
- Be prepared to be told to call back. A lot of times the person you need to speak with is not available because not everyone can just give you money. Be patient and call back as many times as needed.
This is a process that I find to be so much fun. So far I have talked to five companies and I love it. Nothing completely confirmed but it’s a good start.
So there is a short update on DITD,
- Dine in the Dark (michaela1123.wordpress.com)
Currently, I am the Marketing Manager of the Try New Things Club at USF. It’s this new club on campus with the sole purpose of planning events for students to participate in that they would not normally do. So far, the club has taken a behind scene tour of the Florida Aquarium and has done splatter paint shirts. Because the club is practically a newborn (in the sense of age) we haven’t done many activities.
I am excited to say that we are planning something big. We are hosting, in conjunction with the Rotaract Club and the Pre-Veterinary Society, a blindfolded dinner called “Dine in the Dark” to raise money for the Southeastern Guide Dogs. This organizations provides service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD and the visually impaired. through this dinner, we hope that guest will gain a new appreciation for guide dogs and the services they provide. We also want them to see the challenges people experience when they lose a sense.
Along with the dinner, we will have a demonstration from Southeastern Guide Dogs and a silent auction to raise more money. Which brings me to my part in the planning. As of now I am part of the fundraising committee, with the responsibility of getting items for the auction and sponsors.
This is something new for me, something I think will be very exciting. The president of the club has written a letter stating what DITD is and what we are asking for, has prepared a form with the tax information, and I got a letter from the school stating we were a legit club. Now all I have to do is hit the payment and start getting donations.
Wish me luck, next week I start pursuing some donations.