Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tag Day

Tag Day, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

I got to drive six band kids (including Jacob) around neighborhoods asking for money from local families. They don't sell anything and they don't give you any compensation except a coupon for a free coney at Skyline Chili (Cincinnati... 'nuff said). And raise money they did. We raised $25,000.00 this year toward the Rose Parade.

I remember the first year these kids came to our house (we had no one in high school at the time). They asked for money. I asked what they were selling. They said nothing. I was so happy, I gave 20 bucks! I hate having to buy something I don't want. Much rather all the cash go to their program.

Isn't that funny? It really works.

Btw, (big news alert) Jacob made first chair in the concert band out of nine saxophones. When he started last year, he was last chair. I'm so proud of him.


brian said...

Yes! About time someone figured that out. I hate buying crap I don't want or need, making profit for the company that produces the overpriced crap in the first place. I'm not all that thrilled with supporting someone else's kids soccer team or band or whatever anyway. But, if you're going to come to my door, just be honest. If you want a donation, ask for a donation.

The only exception to this of course is the LaRosa's Buddy Card, which I actually look forward to buying. Buy one large pizza and get one large cheese pizza free.

carrie said...

I feel exactly the same way about donations. I hate paying too much money for wrapping paper or candy I don't need when I know the organization needing the money is only get a small percentage. But I've offered to just give money and they say I can't! I have to *buy* something. Sheesh. Good move by whoever decided to just ask for donations.

And congrats on Jacob moving up to first chair sax. Great job.

Susanne B. said...

Congrats on the move to first chair -- woo-hoo!

And I agree -- fundraising is bad enough, but having to buy junk I don't want/need is even worse.

Dancingirl365 said...

Ain't that the truth! I have never understood why fundraisers sell items that only get a small portion for the group selling. Why not simply ask for donations? I would much rather just give money, too.

I think our first couple of years I asked about just giving money rather than selling items for the booster club at gymnastics that they have made that an official option now! Yippee!

And congrats to Jacob achieving first chair! Wow.

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