A race night is a fantastic way to raise funds for your club, charity, school, PTA or whatever your organisation is. To make your event as successful as it can be, there are a few things that you need to do. These depend upon your objectives but most are run for fundraising and are set up to raise as much money as possible. Some are run as fundraisers mainly for entertainment and with the objective of covering the costs of the event plus expenses; some to raise money for a local good cause or charity in pubs whilst encouraging bar takings and some mainly for entertainment or to raise money for a chosen charity at corporate events and functions.
There are several vital tasks to be conducted even before the event begins. You will need to appoint a promotions manager who is responsible for putting up posters and speaking with local companies to arrange prizes and sponsorship for the event; an event manager who is responsible for booking the venue, an auctioneer (or possibly a Master of Ceremonies -MC) and a projector. Should you choose to use an events company where they provide a DVD or video as part of the package, the MC is not really necessary.
Normally one of the local characters in the organisation will volunteer for this aspect of the race night . The right character will entice the audience to raise their bids and this can make a big difference to the funds raised on the night. Sometimes more money is raised in the auction race- which is traditionally the last race- than in all of the other races put together. This is often assisted by the presence of a bar serving alcoholic beverages. The amount of funds raised in the auction can also be substantially increased by asking the audience to pool resources and bid by table rather than individually- this also increases the social aspect of the event.
Should you wish to seek external help running your fundraiser, there are a multitude of events companies specialising in charity and fundraising events. Fundeo is a Scotland based company that specialises in fun and fundraising video and DVD products to help run a successful fundraiser.
Their website has tips to describe how to maximise your income and the funds raised. There is even a step-by-step course demonstrating how to run an event and raise money using either real money for betting, or using fun money for the betting.
Fundeo are leading providers of fun and fundraising supplies