Fundraising Suggestions

IMG 6343IMG 6344North Bay Grans filled the room we reserved at Guildo and Arlene’s on November 17 and participated in a lively discussion that generated many additional fundraising suggestions.  A number of Grans in attendance volunteered to do more research into the feasibility of some of these suggestions or volunteered to take a lead role in making the arrangements.  We do not anticipate taking on all of the projects listed below.  That will depend on finding suitable venues and volunteers to take lead roles.

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IMG 6348Here are the suggestions with updates, where available:

Welsh Men’s Choir

  1. (Updated May 2018). This event is being organized by Brenda Robertson, who now has a date and a venue: May 4, 2019, at St. Andrew’s United Church.  Funds raised at this event will be shared by CFUW North Bay. 
  2. Walks (updated June 2018) again in North Bay and Callander.  Cher Harvey and her helpers and Marilyn Brady are prepared to organize additional walks.  Cher’s document on the website will help you organize a walk if you would like to do so.  Click here to access this document. The two walks in May and September of 2017 raised over $3500.  Cher’s June 10 walk raised $725. 
  3. Tea at Marina Point on May 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. (updated June 2018). We partnered with Dionne Home group.  Tickets were $10 and were sold at the door.  Marina Point provided tea and coffee and the Grans, the baking.  Our share of the funds minus expenses was $336.70.  A generous donation made the total sent to SLF $586.70.
  4. The downtown market as an occasional venue for Grans to sell “treasures” their children do not want. Bunty Swanson will investigate.
  5. A chili sale (updated March 2018).  This event dubbed Empty Bowls has been finalized and now has a date and a venue: Thursday, October 11 (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Les Compangons des francs loisirs.  (See poster on home page.)  Heli Vail and Anna Petruzella have organized the event to include the Pottery Guild, which will be providing the bowls in which the chili will be served.  The cost of $20 will include the bowl as well as the chili.  Tickets will be sold in advance.  Grandmothers will make the chili the night before.
  6. Film night, possibly of National Film Board old movies.  The North Bay Public Library, White Water Gallery, Motherhouse, Discovery Museum or Emmanuel United Church were suggested as possible venues.  This project needs a volunteer to take the lead.
  7. Grandmothers’ Day providing demos of skills for grandmothers to enrich the lives of their grandchildren.  We could possibly pay for a venue by selling tables to business with goods to sell grandmothers for their grandchildren. A suitable venue would be Discovery Museum or perhaps a church.  Diane Steward volunteered to check out the possibility of using the museum.  We would charge an entrance fee.
  8. Vintage objets d’art and paintings for sale - items we may have in abundance in our homes, items that our children do not want.  This was suggested by Mary Ann Jones.
  9. A monster winter boot sale in a parking lot or in an indoor venu.  This was suggested by Marion Wheeler.
  10. A jewellery exchange like the one that raised funds for charity by the Living Fit Group was suggested.  We would donate the costume jewellery we don’t wear.  Those participating would pay $5 for the privilege of selecting two or three items.  This exchange could be combined with one of the other fundraisers.

Please send us your reactions.  Perhaps you know of more suitable venues than those suggested.  Or perhaps you would like to volunteer for one or more projects.  Or maybe you were not at the meeting but have a great idea you want to share.  

As your suggestions come in, we will revise the list and keep you informed.