by allic (232 Posts), Tue Jun 13, 2006 01:09 am
Absolutely, give me a call, but honestly, I've gotten most of my contacts through other charity work my husband and I have done. Doug met Jeff Carson at a hunting for charity type event, and then again at an event that Charlie Daniels does here in FL for the disabled.
The sponsors I've gotten mostly through the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series. I became involved with the PTTS when I just happened to hear that the guy who runs the tournament was looking for a charity to benefit from a banquet he wanted to create to go with his tournament and...I jumped on it. It was definitely God who put me in the "right place at the right time," because those of you who have looked for sponsors and gotten the "Pre-e-what?" or the "we're interested in supporting more established/mainstream, etc. charities", know how unlikely it is to hear that a guy doesn't want to support the same old charities, but wants to be able to acutally make a huge difference to a less known about one. So, I presented us to him and we went from there.
I have some ideas for everyone, that I'll eventually get around to putting into written form, get approval from our foundation and distribute. And if you didn't know, my husband just retired from major league baseball, so that is a big ace in my pocket right now and we're taking full advantage of it while we can.
My biggest piece of advice is to get involved, on a small scale in other area charities. Attend other events to see how they do things and make a note of some of their sponsors and some of the auction items they have. That's where I got many of my ideas from.
Send me an email with your phone number. I'd be glad to have a brainstorming session with you...but it will have to be in July sometime (you don't have any events coming up, do you?) My event is Saturday, then I'll have to do all the wrapping up, and then I'm going to make myself invisible for awhile. [:p]