We had a great time at the Fundraiser this year. Everyone was complementary, and we spread the word about sailing on Lake Martin, with the emphasis on Youth Sailing.
The DSCYP Board has been intensely involved over the past few months planning and executing this event. Here are a few highlights, with the understanding that I’ve probably forgotten a few things.
- Merry was key to everything we did. She worked tirelessly to sell and sell and sell tickets. She captured almost all the Silent Auction items and door prices. This even could not have occurred without her enthusiastic attention to all the details necessary to get it done. Of course, she knows everyone worth knowing in Alex city and the surrounding area, and she made sure they had the opportunity to buy a ticket or two.
- Beth has been involved with many similar events and brought her expertise to ensure all the bases were covered. This year we self-catered, saving money and learning some lessons. Grey tirelessly hauled food and equipment.
- Gwen and Rusty are constantly helping with buying food, hauling tables, organizing and setting up the Silent Auction.
- Scott Roberts helped whenever asked including the important task of picking up the beer.
- Stephanie Childers made contacts around Alex City, and handled the desserts. Norah even solicited a donation from her dentist.
Thanks to the DSC members who helped at the event:
- Merry Hardy – As event co-chair, Merry was going at least 4 directions at any particular time.
- Beth and Grey Biggs – Beth was the event co-chair and Grey was doing whatever was necessary.
- Roger and Sherry Smith – Roger was on the serving line and Sherry was in the kitchen.
- Paul, Stephanie, Sarah, Norah and Evan Childers – Helped in the kitchen and distributed hors d’oeuvres.
- Ken Veazey – Helped on the serving line.
- Diane Jenkie, her children and grandchildren – Helped in the kitchen and everywhere.
- Ron Dettwiler – Kept up with ticket sales and registration
- Keith Bennett – Delivered one of the DSCYP Optis
- John Turner – Kept up the Drawdown Board
- Ed Lowenstein – Worked on the Registration Desk
- Gwen and Rusty Black – Gwen ran the Silent Auction with her usual efficiency. Rusty helped everywhere
- Scott Roberts and Mack – Scott worked the bar. Mack kept everyone full as he carried around the hors d’oeuvres.
- Wayne Carroll – Wayne helped during the set-up.
- Alan and Karen Mote – Karen hosted the drawings, getting volunteers for each draw, and then announcing the occasional door prize and the final drawdown.
- Dawson Allen – Dawson distributed hors d’oeuvres.
- Sandra and Jim Simons – Sandra helped in the kitchen and Jim did garbage, or anything else that needed attention.
- Then, Saturday morning we returned to pack up all the excess food and clean the Ridge Club. Russell was impressed how we left the facility; it was as if the event had not occurred.
We sold exactly 300 tickets by the start of the event with another couple dozen sold before the drawing started. The final results are not tabulated, as self-catering is a bit complicated. However, we will have a net profit. Most importantly, the winner of the $5,000 Drawdown was new DSC member Cheryl Grissom.
In addition to creating funds for DSCYP operations over the next year, this event is one of the key opportunities to sell sailing on Lake Martin. During ticket sales and at the event we made contact with a number of organizations who have groups interesting in youth sailing. We also had a few inquiries about boats for sale. There is more interest in sailing than you might imagine. Now, we need to keep that interest active to benefit the DSC.
This Fundraiser was a strain on the small DSCYP Board. We learned a lot and are recording the pluses and minuses so the next fundraiser will be smoother.
Now that we have some funds, we will be able to commission a fleet of 5 Lasers, 6 Optis and a Sunfish for youth sailing. But that’s just the boats. What we really need is volunteers to help with the program, as our little board cannot handle this alone. The more volunteers the less work for all. Please get with me, or anyone on the DSCYP Board, and perhaps your unique skills can be utilized. Having more sails out on the Lake can only help our club and the community.