Wednesday, September 27, 2006


So, there's a chick in a nearby town who has a fundraising event that sort of resembles a cook out/family reunion type thing. Bounce house etc for the kids, live band, silent auction, free food, $1 drinks (including beer! yay!) and it raises funds for Fragile X because she has 2 children affected by it.

I attended her event this year, the same day we went to the Heart Walk. It was a lot of fun actually, and the food was awesome. The kids had a great time, and with a $10 entry fee (for adults only - 12 and under was free) I'd say she probably raised a pretty good chunk o' change for her cause.

I'm trying to decide whether to have one of those or a charity golf tournament. I know kids and cookouts, I don't know golf, despite the fact that I live 25 miles from Charlotte, which seems to be quite the golf mecca. Therefore, I am leaning toward having the cookout/bash event.

So, I'm fishing around looking for info and doing some preliminary planning. I feel sure that I can find sponsors to donate drinks, and quite possibly even the food, because that's my world - restaurants. I think we can handle the concessions, considering pretty much this whole damn family has experience in food services. Manpower is no problem. I could probably find a local band to donate their services for next to nothing for the sake of publicity. But Heather's bash had the bouncehouse and a dunking booth. I'm thinking these are high dollar things, so I start shopping around for the price on rentals. I found one that's $75 per day, and the second item would only be $40 more. So, that's $115. I plan to make this an annual event, so that's $115 every year. Or, I can buy them on eBay. More expensive now, cheaper in the long run. I can't decide, since I don't have ANY money to spend on bouncehouses or anything else right now. So, what do you guys think? Wait until next spring and rent the stuff? Or save up and buy it?


  1. Rent the first year, at least. That way you have someone to set it up for you and if there are any problems with them, you have someone to replace them.

    You can buy bounce houses fairly cheap now, but until you're sure that it's going to be something you'll want to repeat I wouldn't bother. If you are interested in purchasing one, I can get you a pretty sweet hook-up on one that's been blown up and used twice. :)

    Wonder if one of the local warehouse stores would be interested in loaning you a display one for the day, along with advertisement on where parents can get their own?

    And if you give me some advance notice on dates, my butt will come up and help you serve hotdogs or barbecue or whatever! Sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. Ang~
    I've contacted a local joint that rents them out, they've already offered me a deal, and I've got a good while to work something more out with them. Their website really needs an overhaul, and I think I'm the one to do it ;) Maybe that can be partial payment? We'll see.

    As for that deal, email me, seriously, I'd love to talk, I'm really interested in buying one. Especially if it's the kind with the fan that runs constantly...

    And I would LOVE to have you come up! LOVE the idea!