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MiniGolf Classic for CF

First Name Robert
Last Name LeSage
E-mail blesage85@gmail.com
Club Name Kinsmen Club of Flin Flon
District # 2
Number of Members 11-25
Community Size Small community (less than 20,000)
Community Type Urban
Project Name MiniGolf Classic for CF
Type of Project (check all that apply) Other
If other, please describe Yearly Fundraiser and CF Awareness (29 years and counting)
Was this project a fundraiser? Yes
Description of project In a nut shell, a challenging mobile 18 hole miniature golf course is setup in three hotels, refreshments are served, prizes are awarded, a supper meal is served and transportation is provided between venues if venues are not within walking distance of each other. No drinking and driving is allowed. Golfers collect pledges (same as a bike-a-thon) for their "green" fee to golf, the hotels provide the venue and some refreshments, and the club provides the courses, equipment and personnel to host the event. All the golfers are provided with a fun filled afternoon, refreshments, supper, and prizes for their efforts on our behalf. A win, win, win solution for all parties involved.
Service Hours 100+
Did you leverage this project as a way to recruit new members? Yes
If you answered yes to the question above, please explain: We use this event to demonstrate to prospective new members and the general public how a fundraiser can be fun, rewarding and not just dull work.
How was this project promoted in your community? Posters, radio ads, word of mouth.
What were some challenges you faced with this project, and how could your project be improved? 1) Difficult to process large groups >50 in a timely fashion.
2) Yearly number of participants is always uncertain and hard to predict, which makes budgeting for catering and shuttling logistics difficult to organize.
Deficiencies are addressed on a yearly basis, ie increase number of shuttle buses and the caterer is extremely flexible and generous.
What was the approximate budget for this project? $1,000-$5,000
If the project was a fundraiser, what were the sources of revenue for this project? The participants do the fundraising for this event. The fundraising is structured much like a bike or walk-a-thon where the participants or “golfers” in this case go door to door, friend to friend or business to business and collect pledge money for Cystic Fibrosis. The collected pledges are the golfers “green fee”. Walk ons are also permitted with a minimum “green fee” of $75 dollars.
If this was a fundraiser, how much money was raised (minus expenses)? $10,000+
What were the expenses for this project? Startup - $3200 - material (wood, grass, paint, screws etc.) - putters and balls
Yearly - $2000 - putting green repairs, posters, scorecards, trinket prizes, catering and refreshments, - shuttle rental (unless donated)
Is there anything else you would like to share that would assist another club in duplicating this project in their community? It takes a bit of creative work to fabricate the putting greens, but once assembled they will provide years of entertainment value. Its a fun filled and very easy fundraiser. We've hosted this event for 29 years (and counting) and have raised between $2500 to $14,000 yearly. I've many pictures and ideas to share! Please contact me for more in-depth info on this event. It's worth it!