How I learned... to put the FUN in Fundraising.... and channel my inner hillbilly!

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) DRE# 00809499
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Sweet Potatoe Sal here... befor I git kot jackin Sally's blog, I wunna tel ya'all bout my Hillbilly Olimpiks yesturdai, wher we razed $600 fer the Salvation Army and C.A.R.E.

See, Sal's ofiss has razed $200K fer char-ty, haff a which kame from soshul partees they throwd. Peeple bot thair tikets last November at a Chili Feed at Lyon Real Estate in Fair Oaks, then she got me, Sweet Potatoe Sal, ta kum up with some gamin and food fer the partee. It wuz at Ancil Hoffman Park in Carmichael - peeple hed ta ware thair Sunday best, as yul see in this muvin pitchur below.

thar seems ta be some problem with this new fangeled movee stuff. Sumtimes it's thare, sometimes not.... jest like my sens a humor with teknacul difikultys. I'm workin on it... be patent, and ya'll kum bek, y'hear?

Awr gamin wuz fun... PBR beer kan relay, toelit trottin, 3 leggit hippity hop, and cherree pit spittin. Downhome Dennis roold on the pit spittin. A Washurs turnamit wuz the hi-lite. Clayster roold thet won. Thay wuz all bedder at pitchin them washurs after drinkin Junebug Julie's Pond Scum Punch, ah'l tell yu.

OK... Sally here. I sent Sweet Potatoe Sal packing. She hi-jacks my blog WAY too often. She's back in the spud patch now.

Here's how we raise so much money for our charities. We've held our lunchtime Chili Feed and Auction in our Lyon office parking lot for over 10 years. All the agents bring chili, salads, desserts and such. We charge $5 to get in, and usually have 250 - 300 people come. Do the math on that. Total, we'll raise $20,000 - $33,000 in that 3 hour period. To date we've raised around $200K!

Our big bucks come from our auction, but half of that comes from our social events. Different agents will volunteer to host an event. We've had poker parties, video scavenger hunts, talent shows, Irish parties, gourmet dinners, pirate parties, and even a Cinco De Silk Road party on May 5th. Everyone came dressed as a gypsy/goat herder/sheik/sultan/belly dancer etc. It was wild. My party this year was my Hillbilly Olympics.

The way it works.... The donor pre-selects the theme, date, time, location and # of attendees. We make a sign up sheet. At the auction, the last table to close is the social event table. You sign up for a ticket to the party (usually $15 - $45 apiece). That way the guest list will be a self-selected group who wants to come to your party. If more people want to come than there are spots for, the price goes up.

We usually make $9,000 - $12,000 on the parties alone. (My pirate party had 40 people pay $45 apiece. That's $1800 on one party alone. Course, then I had to pay to put it on!)

The best part is that our family of agents has a rocking social life throught the upcoming year. Our event is always in November, then the parties start in January usually, contiinuing right up til the following October. Next week I'm attending a Martini party. The Oktoberfest is still a ways off. A day on a houseboat is planned for this summer... with jet skiis and all. Two weeks ago was the Irish Fest.

Whew... how do we have time to sell homes with all that socializing????

Does your office have any fun fundraisers you do? Feel free to share!

Check out my other "How I learned to...." posts

... Learn I can live witih breast cancer

... Not work with just anyone

.... Not freeze up at the enormity of the challenge

.... Leap and the net will appear (Just take the next step)

.... Work hard, play hard

.... End a lifetime of migraines (the devil is in the details!)

.... Really LIKE my Mom

.... Get my groove on

 

 

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Your Fair Oaks Realtor for homes for sale in Fair Oaks and the Sacramento Area of California.... I'm your gal (Sally Dunbar). I'm occasionally knowledgable, periodically humorous, and always willing to tell you everything I know.  What more could you ask for?

Here are the newest listings for Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Folsom, Carmichael, Gold River, and Roseville - all CA, of course.

More Blog posts by Sally Dunbar at www.FairOaksHomesAndMore.comSally's Website at www.sallydunbar.com to search for all homes in the MLS, and for tons of information for buyers and sellers.  You'll find schools information, market statistics... you name it, I got it!  Come visit me.

 

 

 

Sally Dunbar, 35 year Broker Associate, Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks, CA (916) 524-1548, SDunbar@GoLyon.com "Your Fair Oaks Realtor"

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Lee
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Hello Sweet Potato Sal-Very creative and fun post for a worthy cause. Well done girl. You all come back again for some more down home blogs. <WARM SMILE>

May 18, 2009 05:57 AM #1
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Inspiring post, Sally, but you MIGHT want to hit that spell-checker button next time. Had a good laugh and I salute you for your efforts.
May 18, 2009 06:10 AM #2
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Hey, kin you gurls see the video..?  I only can ifn I wait a minute fer it ta pop up.  Weard... Dont no the problum. I got a call in.

SNO - Down home...? I wuz bornd down home...

Irene - whut the heks spil chek? 

May 18, 2009 06:14 AM #3
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Ain't had no problum with movin pitcher....

May 18, 2009 07:43 AM #4
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Sheldon Neal
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... OK now I missed out this type of fun growin' up !!!

We never had a Redneck RuleBook like that !!!! (Although I have lost a tooth opening a beer b4 !!! lol)

Too funny Sweet Potatoe !!!!!

Cheers !!

May 18, 2009 07:52 AM #5
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Shel, my hunny chile... ya'll kame frum a disedvantaged chile-hud. Ahm so sorre.  I cud git yu a rool book, ifn' ya want.  'n yer tooth looks good to me! Ya'll no how ta lit me no yu wached my movin pichur... I lak thet!  cheers....? is thet like in "I put my beer bong down rat cheer...? I lek that.

 

May 18, 2009 08:02 AM #6
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LMAO !!!!!!
May 18, 2009 08:11 AM #7
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LMAO??? wutsAT?  Lu May ate a opossum?  Ahm sosrree fer her. They aint haf as gud as skwerl.

May 18, 2009 08:38 AM #8
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Sal:

Havin bin a part o' that partee, I never seen such fun. And the gaymes? Yeehaw, I nev'r thot the lads cood spit pits lok that! Doggie, them pits were flyin'!

You done good on this un, Sal! An it were fer a reel good coz too.

Clayster

May 18, 2009 10:06 AM #9
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Ifn anywun wants to see what the hick whut won the washurs turnimint luks like in reel life, look hear... he aktuwally kleens up purdy good.

May 18, 2009 10:10 AM #10
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Sally, I have concluded you are having way too much fun without me in your life. I may just have to visit you one of these days. Great video.

May 18, 2009 11:21 AM #11
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Gary - Fur crien owt lowd.  Whar the heck wur yu on Saturday? We cud a hed sum whuppin gud time.

May 18, 2009 11:23 AM #12
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Sally, my blog got hijacked by Willie the hyperactive Labradoodle puppy!  When your human is a type-A real estate broker, that can get interesting!

May 18, 2009 02:38 PM #13
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Pat - they otta owtlaw jackin here... no wait... they bedder not. Ide be in BIG trubbel.  Jest imagine if Sweet Potatoe Sal and yer labradoodle got together.  It'd be a sweepadoodle. Har har.

May 18, 2009 05:09 PM #14
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Pat - they otta owtlaw jackin here... no wait... they bedder not. Ide be in BIG trubbel.  Jest imagine if Sweet Potatoe Sal and yer labradoodle got together.  It'd be a sweepadoodle. Har har.

May 18, 2009 05:09 PM #15
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Hi Sally!
That must have been some party! Congrats!

May 18, 2009 05:43 PM #16
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Sally, Sounds and looks like Y'all had a great time. Next time git your butts down here and we'll show y'all how its really done - southern style...

Your building consultant for life in Nashville, TN

May 18, 2009 08:45 PM #17
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Michael -  yeah... we're just teflon hillbillys.  And ol Sweet Potatoe Sal aint been south a nuthin, if truth be told.  Maybe south Carmichael...  Next time.

May 19, 2009 01:36 AM #18
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Sally ... I enjoy your Sweet Potatoe Sal and am sure we will see and hear from her again. Congratulations on your great fundraising efforts and events, which sound like a lot of fun too. 

May 19, 2009 03:14 AM #19
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