By George Holliday, Fund Development Leader
Several years ago, the PCB Board of Directors saw a need to cut the overnight rates for our conference by providing a subsidy for PCB members. Hence, the Room-Rate Fund was established. By tapping into this fund, both last year and this year, we have been able to reduce our overnight conference rate from $99 to $89, a $10 per night discount per room. We anticipate that the fund will not be available for 2019 though, unless we work together to raise more funds. And since higher hotel rates are becoming more regular, we need to kick up our fundraising externally and exponentially for future conferences.
Traditionally, we raise funds for this effort through a 50/50 raffle. Ticket chances are sold for $5 each. The drawing takes place at our PCB Conference and Convention each year. Since the winners don’t need to be present at the pre-banquet drawing, you can sell these $5 tickets to friends, family members, chapter mates, and community members. Fifty percent of the funds raised go into the Room-Rate Fund while the other fifty percent is split among three drawing winners: 25% to first place, 15% for second place, and 10% to third place.
For example, if together we sold 400 tickets totaling $2,000, PCB would get $1,000 for the Room-Rate Fund, the first-place winner would get $500, second place would receive $300 and third place would win $200.
We will happily mail you tickets to sell. Contact the PCB office at 717-920-9999 or email your ticket request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure that any tickets sold include the buyer’s name, phone number, and complete mailing address so we can send out the winners’ checks. Either mail the completed stubs and payment to the PCB office by Monday, October 8, or turn them in at the convention registration table prior to Saturday, October 20. If you wish to purchase 50/50 tickets for yourself, please send a note along with your check directly to the PCB office at 931 N. Front Street, Suite B, Harrisburg, PA 17102. Thank you for your support for future PCB conferences.