Hello all! Joe here on behalf of the NASC. We here on the board of directors need some help with brainstorming. We're considering doing a second yearly fundraiser in the fall, and would like to hear your suggestions. Thus far, we're thinking it would be nice to distinguish this new event from the auction by using a slightly different format. Ideas we've come up with include a raffle, another auction with varied rules, or some sort of contest.
One concern that we have is that fall is a time when temperate plants are winding down, so prizes/auction items may be more limited or less immediately rewarding in some respects. Another is that we may end up just dividing the number of donated items between the spring and fall events. My own reservation is that if the events are too similar, people may get confused about the rules. Also - and this one seems the least likely - but if the events are too frequent, they may become boring. Finally, note that simplicity is preferred. It's our pleasure to put on the auction each year, but a lot of work goes into it. The more streamlined and straightforward this new fundraiser is, the better.
We very much want to keep the auction - and whatever this new event may be - exciting and fun, in addition to bringing in funds for NASC initiatives. So, please share your thoughts and tell us what kinds of things you'd like to see. We haven't yet determined how we'll make our final decision on what this new event will be, but I'll say now that I'll send a fabulous prize to the author(s) of the winning suggestion(s). ;)
On behalf of the NASC board, thanks much! We look forward to hearing from you!
Head of Public Relations and Education, NASC