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Santa Parade

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 Santa Parade
Type of Project (check all that apply) Fair, Carnival, Community Improvement Project (ex. Tree planting, Playground or Pool Build)
If other, please describe Celebration parade
Was this project a fundraiser? Yes
Description of project We host and run the yearly santa parade. We collect sponsorships from local businesses to offset the costs of running the event. We usually generate several thousand dollars more in sponsorship than we spend on the parade. These funds are used to pay for other service projects we do during the year such as the Easter Egg Hunt and the pet and hobby parade.
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 promote the family atmosphere of decorating santas float and the week before the event we hold a candy bagging party to bag up the 600-800 bags of candy that santa hands out
How was this project promoted in your community? Local media as well as numerous social media avenues.
What were some challenges you faced with this project, and how could your project be improved? Weather can be tricky with this event. There is nothing that can be done to overcome. We cannot do a rain date as we are too close to christmas time.
What was the approximate budget for this project? $5,000-$10,000
If the project was a fundraiser, what were the sources of revenue for this project? Sponsorships and donations
If this was a fundraiser, how much money was raised (minus expenses)? $5,000-$10,000
What were the expenses for this project? The float maintenance and upkeep. Prizes for the award winners, Gift cards for certain key volunteers. Candy for the candy bags, marching bands. Breakfast for the candy bagging social.
Is there anything else you would like to share that would assist another club in duplicating this project in their community? This is a key high profile event in most communities and is very important to have the kin brand attached it. It takes some organization but can be an excellent fundraiser and profile raiser for any club wishing to take the challenge on. Requires approx 15-20 volunteers the way we run it.