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Annual Fish Fry dinner & dance

First Name Dustyn
Last Name Pumfrey
E-mail lumberjackpet@bellnet.ca
Club Name Dresden Kinsmen Club
District # 1
Number of Members 11-25
Community Size Small community (less than 20,000)
Community Type Rural
Project Name Annual Fish Fry dinner & dance
Type of Project (check all that apply) Ticketed event (Gala, Princess Ball, Comedy Fest, Lip Sync Battle, Trivia Night etc.)
If other, please describe
Was this project a fundraiser? Yes
Description of project Originally started as a one time fundraiser for a life member who had a brain tumour. We have held the event every year since. It is an all you can eat yellow perch and chicken wing dinner followed by a dance with live music and a 50/50 draw.
Service Hours 100+
Did you leverage this project as a way to recruit new members? Unsure
If you answered yes to the question above, please explain: We all wear our kinsmen shirts and we announce a thank you to all attendees.
How was this project promoted in your community? Members sell tickets and a few store locations have tickets available as well. The event is an annual sellout.
What were some challenges you faced with this project, and how could your project be improved? Our profit on the meal is dependant on the price of fresh fish. the event is held in January and we sometimes suffer form price spikes for our fish.
What was the approximate budget for this project? $10,000-$15,000
If the project was a fundraiser, what were the sources of revenue for this project? We try to profit approx $10 per ticket off the entrance. We sell a 50/50 draw which brings in approx $500. The bar is usually around $8000 with a profit of around $3500.
If this was a fundraiser, how much money was raised (minus expenses)? $5,000-$10,000
What were the expenses for this project? Food, Liquor, hall rental, band, linens. We have all the equipment and we do our own cooking so our costs are kept at a minimum.
Is there anything else you would like to share that would assist another club in duplicating this project in their community? Do a good job. Do not cut quality to cut costs. Once an event is done well and people feel there is good value they will not hesitate to support the event year after year.