PCB Fund Development Team Happenings

By George S. Holliday, Team Leader

We know that summer is coming to a close once Labor Day weekend is over. The PCB Fund Development Team has been working hard to address the fundraising activities of PCB.

Wine and Iced Tea Glasses:
Now here is a relaxing way to support PCB and enjoy a glass of wine or a glass of your favorite juice or iced tea. Yes, you can purchase a 16-ounce iced tea glass, or a 21-ounce stemless wine/juice glass.

These are PCB Signature Glasses from Loving Touch Connection. Available in two glass styles, this design features the PCB logo and the signature phrase: Peers Challenging Beliefs in print and raised Braille. The conference introductory price is $18.00 each. These glasses can be ordered by indicating your purchase on your conference registration form, stopping by the PCB table in the vendor’s area during the conference, or contacting Kathy from Loving Touch Connection at 610-657-9869. Let her know you are with PCB.

Room-Rate Fund:
Don’t forget your Room-Rate Fund tickets. You can purchase them on your registration for the convention, while you’re at the conference, or over the phone to the PCB office if you will not be attending the conference. Every ticket sold this year assist with the room rate reduction in the future. There must be a minimum of $1,000 in the fund before it can be used again. Remember, the winners don’t need to be present at the pre-banquet drawing, which means you can sell these $5 tickets to friends, family members and fellow chapter members. Call the office for a supply of tickets to sell. Fifty percent of the funds raised goes into the Room-Rate Fund while the other 50% is split among three drawing winners: 25% for first place; 15% for second place; and 10% for third place.

PCB 2019 Calendar Raffle:
On behalf of the Fund Development Team, I want to thank those who participated in making the 2019 PCB Calendar Raffle a success. To those who didn’t win, and to those who did, with you, PCB continues to move forward. There will be a 2020 calendar raffle next year and the team’s goal is to sell every ticket. Tickets will be available in December. Thanks again for your support.

2019 MMS Contest:
For the past two years at the conference, members and friends were introduced to a very simple Monthly Monetary Support (MMS) fundraising contest. It is turning out to be very successful, so the committee is continuing the contest this year.

Join the MMS program to support both the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind (PCB). The MMS fifty-fifty option is quick, easy, and provides a steady source of funds for ACB and PCB.

The contest starts Tuesday, October 1, 2019, and ends Friday, January 17, 2020. There will be a 1st prize of $100 and a 2nd prize of $50. To enter the contest, you contribute a minimum of $10 or more per month, but whatever you give, it will be split 50 – 50 between ACB and PCB. Your initial entry of $10 will place your name in the hat one time, but your name will be entered once for every additional $5. In addition, everyone joining the MMS program will be automatically entered into the annual grand prize drawing after the 2020 ACB Conference and Convention. Since there are several holidays coming up, if you wish, you can enter the contest, but choose to defer your first contribution withdrawal until January 2020. It’s so easy!

Please express your interest in participating in this great opportunity by contacting George Holliday via email to george.holliday@comcast.net, by phone to 215-796-9813, or in-person at the conference. He will forward your name and telephone to the ACB Minnesota office. The staff there will give you a call and ask you how much you want to give each month; how you want ACB to collect the money- either drafted out of your bank account or charged to your credit or debit card; and your full contact information. ACB does all the rest. Every quarter PCB will receive a check from ACB.

Note: This contest is not just for members. Family members and friends are welcome to participate. Members of Lions clubs and other organizations are participating. Remember, all MMS contributions are tax deductible.

PCB and Amazon Smile:
PCB has been a benefiting charity of Amazon Smile for a few years. If you purchase from Amazon Smile, is Pennsylvania Council of the Blind designated as your charity? Amazon Smile will donate .5% from your qualified purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything to sign up. So, what are you waiting for? Follow the steps below and choose Pennsylvania Council of the Blind as your designated charity. When purchasing items for the PCB Auction, gifts for the holidays, birthday gifts or just casually shopping for yourself on Amazon, don’t forget to use Amazon Smile.

Using the web browser on either your phone or computer, go to smile.amazon.com and sign in like you normally would to your Amazon account. Where it asks you what charity you would like to support, type Pennsylvania Council of the Blind and hit enter. (Just typing PCB brings up lots of hits that have nothing to do with our PCB.) When the resulting list of organizations appears, select Pennsylvania Council of the Blind. You will then land on an I accept page that says you agree to use smile.amazon.com in order to ensure that PCB gets the .5% donation from your qualified purchases. Hence, every time you go to smile.amazon.com and shop for qualified items, you will be donating to PCB. It’s important to note that if you purchase directly through the Amazon app or Alexa, purchases do not qualify for Smile. However, if you use the app or Alexa to place items in your cart, and then log-in to Smile.Amazon.com through an internet browser and purchase the items in your cart, PCB will get the donation. Have fun shopping!

We Need Your Ideas:
Finally, the PCB Fund Development Team is looking for new fundraising ideas and opportunities. If you have any, please consider sharing them with our team. If one of your ideas is selected and implemented by PCB, you will be rewarded with a gift card. Suggestions can be sent to me at george.holliday@comcast.net or 215-796-9813.

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