posted Nov 30, 2016, 6:19 PM by Mark Nowicki
the CHS BPA Members:
hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! All of us have so much to be
thankful for, not the least of which is the phenomenal talents, work ethic and
enthusiasm of our children!
that we have completed another successful Marching Ram Band season, it seems
like a good time to provide the BPA Membership with a recap of our Fall
fundraising efforts. As you know, a key part of the BPA’s role is to
fundraise throughout the school year in support of the Marching Ram Band, the
Winter Guard and Percussion Programs, and all of the CHS instrumental music
programs. During late summer and early fall, the BPA sponsored four key
fundraisers: the Car Show, the Sponsorship Program, the Thanksgiving Pie
Sales and Music in Motion. The following are the results of these
Programs (based on the information received to date):
Car Show [$1,481]: Under the leadership of Jeff
Shankman, the BPA was able to revive the long dormant Car Show. The response
from the area’s car enthusiasts was outstanding! We netted $1,481 ($2,722
of revenue, less $1,241of expenses), which exceeded our target of $900.
We expect to make this an annual event with increasing success!
Sponsorship Program [$18,717]: Under Agnes
Nawrocki’s leadership, we were able to take the Sponsorship Program to a whole
new level, exceeding even our lofty expectations! We netted $18,842
($22,442 of revenue, less $3,725 of expenses), which exceeded our target of
$15,800. With this new blueprint for success, we believe there is potential for
even greater success next year!
Pie Sales [$636]: Despite Tina Allen’s valiant
efforts, the Thanksgiving Pie Sales came up short. We believe the
students’ laser-focus on making the Sponsorship Program an outstanding success
may have detracted a bit from their Pie Sales efforts. As a result, we
netted $636 ($2,160 of revenue, less $1,524 of expenses), below our target of
$1,600. Nevertheless, we have a couple of ideas on how to better balance
the timing and efforts of our students to reinvigorate this fundraiser next
year without detracting at all from the success of the Sponsorship Program.
Music in Motion [$6,886]: Joe
Campbell and his subcommittee chairs did an outstanding job organizing and
running our most complicated fundraiser. While we were able to net $6,886
($23,893 of revenue, less $17,007 of expenses), that fell short of our $11,000
target. Ticket sales were almost $2,000 short of budget, primarily due to
an overestimation of the amount of student and senior ticket sales. Food
sales were also almost $2,000 short of budget. The key driver is that we
significantly underestimated the demand for hamburgers and chicken fingers, as
we sold out of them very early into the program. The newest items,
kielbasa and bratwurst, were hits (both sold out towards the end of the night);
steak sandwiches and clam chowder, no so much (both significantly undersold the
quantity purchased). We will use these lessons to be sure to increase our
margins next year. The lure of the airgrams and 50/50 raffle also seems
to be waning as these collectively fell $750 short of budget. We will be
looking for new ideas on alternative moneymakers or ways to reinvigorate these
Total Raised, Net: $27,720 (short of our
budgeted target of $29,300)
you to everyone who contributed to the success of our fundraising efforts to
date. However, we continue to need your help as there is still more money
to raise. While we are still working through the payment of some of the
expenses, we expect to fully fund approximately $37,000 of budgeted Marching
Band expenses (i.e., more than we have raised to date). In
addition, we are looking to fund more than $28,000 for our Winter Guard and
Winter Percussion programs, as well as fund the senior scholarships and certain
costs for the Jazz programs. To do so, we are targeting a major
fundraiser for each month throughout the remainder of the school year.
Upcoming, we have the NEMFA concessions stand in December, the Christmas Tree
pickup in January, the Spring Train Show in March, and one or two Jazz programs
in the Spring. We are still looking for ideas and leadership for
additional fundraisers to fill out our calendar and achieve our budgeted
targets. Thus, any assistance and ideas you have would be greatly
let me know if you have any questions.
High School Band Parents’ Association, Inc.