Dear Chamber Executive,Challenging economic times have not stopped Chamber fund raising creativity! Our brand-new 42-page reference manual titled Show Me the (Chamber) Money is packed with more than 100 of the most innovative projects, events, tips and fund-raising techniques we’ve uncovered yet. We’re talking about Chambers netting $2,000 from a spelling bee for grownups, $5,000 from a low-work wine raffle, $7,000 from historic bar-hopping, $10,000 from a simple dining guide, $17,000 from printing logos on a Proud Member Banner, $20,000 from a 52-week gun drawing, $45,000 from a Wild Game Dinner, $100,000 from an annual phone book project — and we’re just scratching the surface. Chambers are roasting sheriffs, giving out free shoes to women, taking “tasteful” pictures of semi-naked businessmen, dancing with stars, racing horses, throwing pies, riding Harleys, inaugurating honorary mayors — and it all translates into lucrative and much-needed non-dues income!
Dick Hakes, CEN Editor/Publisher