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Old 08-12-2006, 09:51 AM
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I received in the mail today notice of another type of fundraiser. I don't know if the beer sales thing actually happened or is happening or not.

This other fundraiser sounds more like the kind we all have suggested. A local department store is being bought out by Macy's. Macy's is promoting all their stores on a national basis. The fundraiser is to sell $10 off coupons of which $5 goes back to the organization that sells them. Additionally, our organization would receive a part of the proceeds from any coupons sold that day of the store sale. Macy's will donate some amount of the whole thing to local charities (unspecified). So this fundraiser is something in which we will gladly participate.
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Old 08-12-2006, 11:32 AM
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Ellen, that is wonderful! I hope it is a success!
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Old 08-13-2006, 03:56 AM
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Ellen that sounds like what Elder Beerman does here, "Care to Share" community days they do it twice ayear. The group sells coupon books for $5 (and keep the whole $5) and you save 10-30% off that day depending on what you are purchasing. The store also sells the books at their cash registers and the person and select a group for the money to go to so you can get a check in the mail from Elder Beerman after the event. The also hold hourly $50 gift certficate drawings and the group that sold the winning ticket get a $50 check. DD1's school won two drawings last year which really helped the fundraiser.

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Old 09-05-2006, 10:48 AM
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Apparently they made $800 plus dollars on the beer sales.

The Macy's fundraiser is still going on. I sent in my donation but the check hasn't been cashed yet. We could make more than $625 on this one.

I talked with my family about funding high school sports teams with beer sales to adults. They own and operate restaurants with liquor licenses and bars. They get asked all the time to do similar by the local high schools and they refuse. Their reasoning is that it promotes drinking to an age group in which it is not appropriate. My dds were listening and I made no comment as to why I asked. I think my sil's response was telling enough.

She did say there are a few alcohol associated groups in town that sponsor kids sports teams. I asked why she thought they did it and she wondered if they are interested in money more than ethics? I guess there are many ways of looking at this. Perhaps they feel it is one way they can give back to the community in which they live? I know my neighbor worked the beer sales. She was not welcomed warmly by the organizer in charge but she did meet some other parents there (Christians) who did not have a problem with the fundraiser either.

Oh well, I did feel better knowing I was upholding a good family ethic by my choices.
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Old 09-05-2006, 12:27 PM
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I would have had to pass on working the booth as well Ellen. There are so many other things to raise money than selling alcohol.

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Old 09-05-2006, 03:33 PM
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I am glad that there are some responsible operators who have liquor licenses who refuse to participate in high school events. I don't know why some parents and citizens will participate and then complain about the alcohol and drug problems in school. Go figure.
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Old 09-05-2006, 07:46 PM
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I am glad that the responsible operators are people to which I am related (by marriage)! and not the other way around...thanks for the support, it helps me be confident in this very difficult situation. And I agree, I still cannot figure out why PSU would even allow such sales knowing the terrible problems they have with alcohol related problems at games. They have a new rule, limited drinking times at tailgates or something like that. So don't drink before and then go into the stadium and buy their alcohol?
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Old 11-04-2006, 03:53 PM
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Our last school fete for the first time had a beer tent, sold beer and wine.
I had a problem with that, although I seemed to be the only one. I didn't think it was appropriate, this was on primary school grounds and not limited to people we know about school, and plenty of kids running around. They made lots of money, but to me it just didn't seem right. They will be doing it again this year.
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:22 AM
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Ellen,

Just thought I'd jump on the bandwagon, I also agree that it is not a great idea. It is hard enough keeping kids out of alcohol until they are of age, if we start selling it at their events, it just sends the wrong message.

If the organizers really want to sell beer to raise money, could they possibly hold a separate, adults only evening. They could make it a casino night or host it to coincide with a big pro game and have tvs set up or something and all proceeds could go towards the kids. Still not the best solution, but maybe a good compromise?

Good luck with getting your opinion heard, I know how hard it is to go against the flow when it comes to the "it's just a little beer" thought process.
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Old 11-05-2006, 11:05 AM
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The beer wasn't being sold at a high school event, sorry if I made it sound that way. It was being sold at a stadium that the university and the local baseball team share during a local baseball game.

The problem I had was the proceeds were being used to fund a high school sports team.

Apparently alcohol is not a problem for many people. We just had our church bazaar. A PSU game was playing that day and televised and the stage was set up as a roped off tailgate area with a large screen television. At the bazaar they sold wine and pina coladas to adults only. It was kept discreet and no one seemed to have a problem with it.
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