I think we should create the #CuseTixForKids effort for 2014 as '44 Kids.'
Each Syracuse home game (I’m thinking, beginning with football, since it’s more cost effective), we will send 44 kids to the Dome.
This would take one fundraising effort over the month of August as football season heats up. Me thinks we could get discounted prices through the Dome, but let’s say we buy 44 sets of $99 season tickets.
That’s $4,356. Let’s throw in an extra $500 per game for food and drink vouchers. We’re looking at an extra $3,000 total. Now we are in for $7,356. Hey, we need some chaperones. 6 extra tickets for $99 each. Total is now approximately $8,000.
This is a reasonable place to start. Before the year, during the fundraising effort, we reach out to between 3-6 organizations that work with under-served youth in Syracuse and tell them what we expect to be able to give them – 50 tickets for 44 kids and 6 adults to a home game. As soon as our goal comes into focus, we notify said organizations, and let them know what date they need to organize for. Hopefully, this should give them at least a month of time to do so. Frequent check ins and ideas about transportation (we could even raise $300 for a school bus for each game, raising the total to about $10k) should ensure that we get them in the Dome. I think that we could find a way to get T-shirts donated.
So here, you have an initial effort that still makes a large contribution to hundreds of kids over the season, but is feasible to organize and should get the max % of kids in seats. If it goes well, we can sign the organizations on for future years and expand the number of tickets that we buy. I’m thinking of organizations like Boys and Girls Clubs, smaller non profits, and even schools in tougher areas of the city. This effort could also be expanded upon through a hopeful ticket exchange for fans who cannot make it to a game during the season, who would rather give away their seats than let them go to waste.
All we would need to do is get a contact inside the Dome for organizing and potential discounts/t shirts/vouchers/support, etc. We would then need to organize the fundraiser, which should be a breeze in comparison to #CuseTixForKids. We would have to contact organizations and possibly a bus company. Lastly, we would need to stay in email/phone contact with a point person at each organization.
I don't think this would take a lot of manpower. I would love to help take the lead on this, of course along with fearless fundraiser Keeley.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Would we be able to provide a bus with a simple waiver for the kids (speak up lawyers!)?