dynamic robin [deleted] 4:23pm, 9 April 2008
For once I'm not begging money off of you for CASDA (but I may be hitting you up in October for the walk/run), I’m just asking that you save April 22nd and try and get out to one of these restaurants to support a good cause. Plus I worked really hard to keep Dine Out this year- we didn’t have a great turn out last year and my committee was pretty hesitant on even doing it again this year, but I wanted to do it because money is money and CASDA needs all the help they can get right now.

Thanks guys and dolls!!

www.casda.org/events.htm
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I'm already planning on doing this!
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
Cool!
dynamic robin [deleted] 10 years ago
awesome! thank you!
thanks Brian!
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 10 years ago
Great post.
I will definitely keep these places in mind and will dine out that day.
It is a great cause as well.
dynamic robin [deleted] 10 years ago
thank you Shawn!
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northshorehiker 10 years ago
I think this is a great idea and hope CASDA makes a ton of money from this, but have frankly always thought it kinda weird when places use the "spend some money here, and a percentage of it goes to charity" angle; especially school activity fundraisers. I'm more than happy to help send my little cousin to camp or make a donation to her school, but why the %$*(#& do I have to buy overpriced wrapping paper, cookie dough or some other equally useless (to me) item in order to do it? In most cases, it's not allowed to just write them a check, for some reason.

Anyway, I don't mean for this to sound preachy or anything, and it's re-stating the obvious, but if a cause you care about is having a fundraiser like this, consider making a direct contribution. You can write it off, and it's a much bigger help than the $5 from your dinner tab.
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I agree with you, but I also think that these types of events get the word out about CASDA and the services that it provides. It isn't just about making money (although obviously that is the main reason), but it also about advertising the CASDA name, which can both bring in people who may donate in the long term, as well as let people in the community know that CASDA is available if they or a loved one ever needs it's services. You would be surprised about the number of people who are not aware whatsoever about the available social service programs available in our community.

Signed,
A former case worker and fund raiser for another Superior based social service organization ;-)

Oh, and BTW, my kids do not participate in those types of stupid school fund raisers. I refuse to make my kids sell overpriced cookie dough and ugly wrapping paper, nor do I expect our family and friends buy the crap. My girl's elementary school does have other fund raisers that they participate in though, such as the annual Knowledgathon which brings in a lot of money that all goes directly to different school programs.
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northshorehiker 10 years ago
A good point about the advertising aspect these types of events... I certainly don't begrudge CASDA or any other organization for holding events like this, for the reasons you clearly laid out. (It will lead to my making a donation, after all.) My frustration is just with the idea that people need to be given something in exchange for a donation to a worthwhile cause. I know that these organizations do it because they have to, I just wish they didn't have to.

Realistic? Not so much...
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Trust me, I do get your frustration. It is like when the Hollywood big wigs hold fund raisers that cost thousands of dollars to put on, when they could have just written a fat check and been done with it.
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
Yeah, but people just don't do that -- that is why fundraising almost always needs events such as this, otherwise people just don't give.

Unfortunate, but true.
dynamic robin [deleted] Posted 10 years ago. Edited by dynamic robin (member) 10 years ago
People tend not to give to services that they dont use and i get that. Shana has a great point of getting our name out there and letting people know that just because we are working with a selective group of people, we are still part of this community and we aren't going away anytime soon (sadly, because that means that women, men and children are still being abused). I dont like the idea of having to give people something in exchange for their donation... thats more of a purchase, but if thats what it takes for me to bring in a little extra cash for CASDA then i have no problem with it because a little money is better than no money at all.

It all boils down to awareness. Just know we're here to serve members of our community and we always always welcome any type of donation- whether its money, clothes or food- every little thing helps:)
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northshorehiker 10 years ago
Thanks for the good work you do... like you said, it's unfortunate that the services are needed in the first place, but a very good thing that they're provided for those who need them.
dynamic robin [deleted] 10 years ago
thank you:)
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