How to Host a Successful Casino Night Event or Fundraiser
A casino night can be a powerful fundraiser or an unmitigated disaster, depending on how you organize the event. From catering and sponsorships to ticket sales and equipment, there are numerous details that require lots of advance planning. At the same time, there are also other considerations that can make or break your budget. Here are some key things you should think about before launching your fundraiser.
Have a realistic goal
Make sure you know exactly how much money you want to make, so you can determine your expense limit and entrance fee. You should also clearly identify all of your revenue sources, including ticket sales, food and beverage, table sponsorships and auctions.
Have enough tables
Organizations have a tendency to underestimate their table requirements for a casino event. Make sure you have enough tables to keep half of your guests occupied. Any less and your guests will probably be frustrated by a lack of opportunities due to slow rotation.
Expert some people to plant themselves at a table for the long haul. To make sure everyone has a chance to play, consider planning one or two breaks during the action. This will give operators a chance to catch their breath, while also promoting turnover at the tables.
At minimum, table sponsorships should cover the rental cost of the casino staff and equipment. Bear in mind that sponsors will be looking to promote their companies, using custom playing cards, poker chips and other casino-style promo items. Obviously, you don't want a sponsor that competes with your business.
Sell tickets in advance
Don't wait for people to pay at the door, or you may not have enough guests to cover your catering and entertainment expenses. To make sure you will be able to cover costs and raise enough funds, you should sell tickets in advance. You should also consider adding another activity, such as a drawing or silent auction.
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