Friday, December 18, 2009

Idea 18: Be a Table Captain

Each spring, First Place hosts our big annual fundraising breakfast with up to 1,000 guests. Each year, for many of our supporters, this is THE event that introduced them to First Place and caught their heart.

And it is someone just like you who helped us do it.

We ask individuals, just like you, to host a table at the event (you, plus 9 guests). We give you all the tools and resources you need to invite your friends, colleagues, neighbors and old schoolmates.

Here's what we call our first-timer's guide to being a Table Captain for First Place.

1. Our definition. A Table Captain:

* Reaches out into the community to help First Place tell our mission and our story.
* Brings 9 or more of their friends, family, and colleagues to the Fundraising Breakfast.
* Inspires guests to give a meaningful gift to First Place during the Breakfast.

2. Why do we need Table Captains?
Table Captains reach out to individuals in the community and introduce them to First Place and the services we provide to families. When guests come to the Breakfast, they have a chance to interact with other caring community members, gain a more intimate understanding of our work, and have the opportunity to financially support the organization. After the event, First Place follows up with guests and invites them to tour our building and to volunteer with the children.

3. Top fears of Table Captains & our answers:
  • What if I can't get 9 people? Try your best to bring as many as you can. We can help you fill the empty seats.
  • What if my guests can't give much money, or any at all? Invite them anyway! Part of the event is introducing First Place to new people. We have faith that one day they will find a way to support us.
  • What if people say no? This will happen and we have a secret plan to help you out (it's so secret we're not going to post it on the blog).
Sign up today.

Save the Date: April 28, 2010 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center. The event will showcase alumni students, and promises to warm your heart! Invitations coming in early 2010.

If you are interested in being a Table Captain, sign-up online today and in January we'll send you the details.

Thank you for all of your support of our programs thus far. And remember to check back for daily updates and ideas! If you have any questions about the Idea a Day postings, please email Melissa Collett, Marketing & Events Manager.

Previous Idea a Day Posts:
Tour First Place
Donate a Family Outing
Use Flex Spending to Donate First Aid Items
Take a Kid to Lunch Without Leaving Your Desk

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