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    Default End of Bingo as an FD Fundraising Tool

    I have noticed lately that the trend for some volunteer fire departments is to give up Bingo as a fundraising activity. A number of small town departments here in Western New York have either given it up or are considering it. The town of Shelby dropped theirs earlier this year. Earlier this week, my department in Perry,NY has taken the decision to drop ours due to both losing money and staffing problems. In addition, I would cite the antismoking law as a significent factor though not the only one. With the prospect of more gambling casinoes in Western New York, an awful lot of small town fire departments are going to get hurt by the casinoes cutting into what, until recently has been a reliable fundraising tool-weekly bingo. I fear that a few departments will end up having to shut down altogether and that will hurt fire protection in the affected communities. What has Governor Pataki been thinking by throwing open Western New York to Gambling casinoes? The effects on communities will most assuredly include higher crime rates, increased domestic violence, some of which will involve the use of fire(that will be discussed on another thread), and more calls for departments still operational. As to alternative fundraising ideas to help my Department, Perry Fire Dept., I am open to suggestions. BTW, I am proud to say that I have started my second year as a member of this fine department, though in a support role.

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    FD's in my area have given up Bingo almost entirely. That was years ago. It had nothing to do with casinos and nothing to do with smoking laws. By me, it all had to do with Church's starting to run Bingo on the same nights. People were more apt to go and give the church money as opposed to fd's.

    Side note, if Sunday is Sabbath day and you are not supposed to work, how is it Ok to work Bingo on Sunday?

    Anyhow, it was not casinos and we don't have the anti-smoking laws you have, so I don't believe they are part of the problem.

    Another reason FD's were giving it up was finding easier ways to make more revenue. Bingo (for us) meant spending 1 night each week, paying out $1000 and hoping to take in more. By the end of the year, we hoped to be even after paying all expenses. Now, we do other events that require less work and have more income.
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    Bones 42, I think you are onto something here. If you have any ideas I can pass along to my department, please let me know. Thanks again. You may e-mail me off line at Rangerjim93@hotmail.com if you wish to do so.

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    Our best fundraiser last year was a motorcycle raffle. Limited number of tickets. Sold out before the drawing date. Getting ready to start another one.

    We also do a "Fishing Flea Market" as we are Ocean front and there is large interest in fishing gear. We sell table space and food and charge a small admission fee.

    Town has a Seafood festival each year and we have (for the last 2 years) sold parking spaces for the day.

    Haven't gotten him to agree to it yet, but we're hoping to have a "Punch the Mayor day". He's a member of our company and we figure enough people in town don't like him so we'll charge them $5 each to take a punch at him. For some reason, he's not liking that idea.
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    Default Fundraiser Idea

    This holiday season and throughout the year why not try something a little different and raise funds for the vital needs of your fire house as well as provide children with toys that feature firefighters?

    Do-Re-Me & You!, a direct sales company specializing in educational and developmental products for children offers a unique opportunity for firefighters to not only do something that they know so well, giving back to the community, but also enables your fire house to raise money to keep your programs strong.

    The item I would like to bring to your attention is our Kindertown Fire Brigade Starter Set and Fire Brigade Jacket.

    I wanted you to be among the first to see it! I have found that many firefighter families welcome these items for their children, and felt sure that you and many of your firefighters would want to add this to your collections!

    Do-Re-Me & You! offers you fundraisers, in-home shows, as well as individual orders. When you do a fundraiser with me, you can receive either money or free product for your percentage of the show. Do-Re-Me & You! contributes 17% of total retail sales. Plus you can add an additional 25% - 30%..Please ask me how.

    Plus using these items, as a fundraising product gives your firefighters the opportunity to do safety training in the community with an added benefit!

    I look forward to discussing this wonderful opportunity with you. Please feel free to share this with your firefighters and Ladies Auxiliary. I am willing to work with any and all of the fundraising groups in your department.

    Please contact me for further details.
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