BY CATHERINE DURAND
Many groups on campus including mission trips, households and sports teams depend on bake sales, dances, coffee houses and other fundraisers to continue functioning.
For many of the households, a large part of their fundraising is running a booth at the Saint Francis Festival. Carae Domini sells soda and the Knights of the Holy Queen sell bratwursts. John Piescik, coordinator of the Disciples of the Word household, explained that his household makes a big profit selling apple fritters.
“That’s been our staple for a long time,” said Piescik.
Daniella Pillar, coordinator of Carae Domini, added that her household also runs a fundraiser called Rockfest, where several different bands play to raise money. She said that Rockfest makes the most money for her household, but also causes some of the greatest difficulty.
Pillar cited organization as the most difficult part of fundraising, including making reservations and figuring out the bands as well as “making sure campus knows and all the logistics are met.”
Piescik commented that one of his household’s more successful fundraisers was a dance held last semester that raised around $700. The Disciples of the Word donated the money to a mission trip in Africa that a member of their household, Tyler Peltier, was planning to attend before he passed away.
Piescik added that a difficult part of fundraising is advertising. He said, “We do advertise in unique ways” which includes “flash mob dancing, that sort of thing that gets people interested in the fundraiser.”
Another problem is figuring out how much to charge for each fundraiser. Piescik said that one of the hardest parts of fundraising is “finding the things people like and what they are willing to pay.”
“Price tags always make people shrink back,” Piescik said. “Most people are pretty willing to give us money if they see that it’s a good cause.”
There are sometimes setbacks that make fundraising more difficult than it ordinarily should be. Piescik said that his household had some difficulty last semester during the Saint Francis Festival. “We didn’t make enough batter for our fritters, so there was a set amount we could make and a set amount we could sell.”
Tim Hepburn, coordinator of the Knights of the Holy Queen Household, also said, “We didn’t have the best experience at the Saint Francis Festival.” He explained that the household usually sells brats at the festival, and that they sold well during the day. At night, however, due to a miscommunication, they were forced to try to sell taco salad instead of brats.