Thumbs up PCB: A Great Year for Fund Development

By Mary Ann Grignon, Fund Development Team

 

The year 2020 was certainly a mixed bag of the good, the not so good, and the challenging. January 2020 began like any other, most of us filled with vigor and ready to hit the ground running with the usual projects and some new adventures. Soon, though, we found ourselves in the midst of something like most of us have never seen in our lives – a raging pandemic. So, PCB did what we always do, put our thinking caps on, encouraged one another and made a challenge into a really remarkable year.

 

The Conference Planning team put together a terrific virtual conference and, as part of that, the fund development team put together one of our most successful auctions ever! We had anticipated that this would be an auction like no other and you, our peers rose to the occasion. We wanted small items, so you donated small items like infrared thermometers, electronics, games, and kitchen gadgets. We asked bakers to send their delicious goods directly from home to the winning bidders and so our fantastic bakers did just that. We asked that all other donations go directly to our office and you met that challenge and ordered stuff from online sources and had it delivered directly to the PCB office where Christina organized it, made sure it would be ready for shipping to our winners, and, in general, supported our auction in so many ways.

 

When all was said and done, the PCB fund Development Team and you, PCB peers put on what I would deem the best virtual auction to date: Something for which we should all be proud.

 

We also held our calendar raffle and, again, it was our most successful year in the past three years. Because of the uncertainty of the track of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Fund Development Team is deliberating about the feasibility of holding this fund raiser this year. We recognize that chapters are meeting virtually and so selling the calendar raffle tickets might be a challenge at best. Based on the tendency to socialize or not, in February, the team will make the decision as to whether we should forge ahead with our annual Calendar Raffle. Should we do so, this will mean that we will begin the contest on July 1, 2021 and run through the end of December. Stay tuned for more information.

 

While we had no new contributors to the MMS program during the conference, 2020 was still a record-breaking year for donations from this program. Speaking of the MMS program, there is still time to get in on PCB’s contest, ending on January 15, by joining the ranks of those who donate just $10 per month, evenly split between ACB and PCB or raising your current donation by just $5 per month. At January’s Fund Development team meeting, we will draw two winners for cash prizes: first place $100 and second place $50. You will also be entered into ACB’s drawing for a 32-inch smart TV and this prize will be drawn after the mid-year meetings. Finally, if you donate any time before the conclusion of the ACB national conference, you will be entered into a contest for a fantastic prize, not yet determined, but to give you an idea as to how fabulous the prize will be, last year’s prize was an iPhone 11.

 

As a reminder, PCB still has a few interesting items for sale in our PCB office. We still have:

  • mobile phone lanyards for sale for $20 for those of you who use such services as Be My Eyes and Aira
  • Large Print Flip Bingo Cards for $2 or $3 depending on the number of games on the card
  • E-Z-To-See playing cards for just $6 per pack
  • The PCB No Measure Cookbook for just $10 for a Braille copy or $5 for a digital copy.

 

The fund development team hopes to implement some new and fun opportunities for raising money for PCB, so keep your eye on future notices.

 

In conclusion, I would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful holiday and a healthy and prosperous new year.

 

My most sincere thanks to all of the members of the 2020 Fund Development Team in alphabetical order: Sherri Crumb, Suzanne Erb, George Holliday, Chris Hunsinger, Sue Lichtenfels, Sandy Marsiglia, Tony Swartz, Blair Wissinger, Jackie Wissinger, and Michael Zaken: without whom, the work could not be done!

By Mary Ann Grignon, Fund Development Team

 

The year 2020 was certainly a mixed bag of the good, the not so good, and the challenging. January 2020 began like any other, most of us filled with vigor and ready to hit the ground running with the usual projects and some new adventures. Soon, though, we found ourselves in the midst of something like most of us have never seen in our lives – a raging pandemic. So, PCB did what we always do, put our thinking caps on, encouraged one another and made a challenge into a really remarkable year.

 

The Conference Planning team put together a terrific virtual conference and, as part of that, the fund development team put together one of our most successful auctions ever! We had anticipated that this would be an auction like no other and you, our peers rose to the occasion. We wanted small items, so you donated small items like infrared thermometers, electronics, games, and kitchen gadgets. We asked bakers to send their delicious goods directly from home to the winning bidders and so our fantastic bakers did just that. We asked that all other donations go directly to our office and you met that challenge and ordered stuff from online sources and had it delivered directly to the PCB office where Christina organized it, made sure it would be ready for shipping to our winners, and, in general, supported our auction in so many ways.

 

When all was said and done, the PCB fund Development Team and you, PCB peers put on what I would deem the best virtual auction to date: Something for which we should all be proud.

 

We also held our calendar raffle and, again, it was our most successful year in the past three years. Because of the uncertainty of the track of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Fund Development Team is deliberating about the feasibility of holding this fund raiser this year. We recognize that chapters are meeting virtually and so selling the calendar raffle tickets might be a challenge at best. Based on the tendency to socialize or not, in February, the team will make the decision as to whether we should forge ahead with our annual Calendar Raffle. Should we do so, this will mean that we will begin the contest on July 1, 2021 and run through the end of December. Stay tuned for more information.

 

While we had no new contributors to the MMS program during the conference, 2020 was still a record-breaking year for donations from this program. Speaking of the MMS program, there is still time to get in on PCB’s contest, ending on January 15, by joining the ranks of those who donate just $10 per month, evenly split between ACB and PCB or raising your current donation by just $5 per month. At January’s Fund Development team meeting, we will draw two winners for cash prizes: first place $100 and second place $50. You will also be entered into ACB’s drawing for a 32-inch smart TV and this prize will be drawn after the mid-year meetings. Finally, if you donate any time before the conclusion of the ACB national conference, you will be entered into a contest for a fantastic prize, not yet determined, but to give you an idea as to how fabulous the prize will be, last year’s prize was an iPhone 11.

 

As a reminder, PCB still has a few interesting items for sale in our PCB office. We still have:

  • mobile phone lanyards for sale for $20 for those of you who use such services as Be My Eyes and Aira
  • Large Print Flip Bingo Cards for $2 or $3 depending on the number of games on the card
  • E-Z-To-See playing cards for just $6 per pack
  • The PCB No Measure Cookbook for just $10 for a Braille copy or $5 for a digital copy.

 

The fund development team hopes to implement some new and fun opportunities for raising money for PCB, so keep your eye on future notices.

 

In conclusion, I would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful holiday and a healthy and prosperous new year.

 

My most sincere thanks to all of the members of the 2020 Fund Development Team in alphabetical order: Sherri Crumb, Suzanne Erb, George Holliday, Chris Hunsinger, Sue Lichtenfels, Sandy Marsiglia, Tony Swartz, Blair Wissinger, Jackie Wissinger, and Michael Zaken: without whom, the work could not be done!

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