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1st Annual Colchester Book Fair

First Name Brent
Last Name Pettis
E-mail brent.pettis@bellaliant.net
Club Name Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill
District # 7
Number of Members 26-40
Community Size Medium-sized community (20,000-100,000)
Community Type Urban
Project Name 1st Annual Colchester Book Fair
Type of Project (check all that apply) Fair, Carnival
If other, please describe
Was this project a fundraiser? Yes
Description of project The club collected used books, games, CD's, DVD's and vinyl from the community, and then held a used book sale over a two day period. We partnered with a local book reseller, the community group who had held the sale in previous years, as well as the designated recipient of the event proceeds. Donations for the sale could be dropped off by the public at various locations within the community. They were then collected, sorted and priced for resale.
Service Hours 100+
Did you leverage this project as a way to recruit new members? No
If you answered yes to the question above, please explain:
How was this project promoted in your community? We utilized a variety of promotional methods for the project: local news papers (print and on line), local radio station, social media (Facebook, Kijiji, community events pages) as well as attending local markets to promote the event.
What were some challenges you faced with this project, and how could your project be improved? It was a challenge sorting and pricing the large volume of donations we received. Although donated, our venue location proved to be a little tight for the actual sale. A large number of donations were unsuitable for the sale, fortunately we were able to dispose of these items through a local charity.
What was the approximate budget for this project? Less than $1,000
If the project was a fundraiser, what were the sources of revenue for this project? Sources of revenue included the sale of used books, games, CD's, DVD's and vinyl, as well as an admission charge.
If this was a fundraiser, how much money was raised (minus expenses)? $5,000-$10,000
What were the expenses for this project? Expenses for the project were $404.00 against revenues of $9756.00.
Is there anything else you would like to share that would assist another club in duplicating this project in their community?