Think creatively about what talents you have, who you know, things you could make, etc. Think about what you'd like to win. Use your imagination adn cme up with something new! The focus need not be solely on merchandise, but experiences as well. Here are some ideas...

    Vacation Homes and Travel: Timeshares and Condos, Cruises, Airline Miles, Ski Trips and Life Tickets, Napa, Sonoma, Tahoe or farther away, Hawaii, NYC and Mexico, Spas and weekend getaways.  

    Celebrities: Do you know a famous person, actor, musician, writer, newscaster, athlete, or politician? Arrange for lunch or dinner. Offer a day ont he set of a show or film. Sports Memorabilia. Anything autographed. 

    Tickets: Season ticket holders this is for you! Sporting events, symphony, ballet, opera, concerts, local events – Backstage passes!

    Wine: A bottle or a case, limited production bottles, tasting packages and events, private wine tours.

    Art: Behind-the-scenes at artists' studios, private tours at local museums, art classes, tickets to performances

    Gift Certificates/Gift Cards: Restaurants (from your local pizzeria to five-star establishments), clothing stores, sport and summer camps, venues, book stores.....

    Membership/Passes: Oregon Zoo, Japanese Gardens, Museums

    Outings: hikes, children's day outings, hot air balloon rides, Private plane rides, boat rides.....

    Homemade Items: Works of art, jewelry, floral arrangements for a year, music lessons, one-on-one soccer coaching, portrait painting or sketches, birthday cakes

    Sports Equipment: Camping, golf, tennis, exercise Lessons: Swim, golf, tennis, karate, computer, dance, language and more

    Health & Beauty: Personal trainers, massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, hair design & color


    Often the most popular and best selling items are group-oriented parties and events. You can plan and host a social by yourself or with other families: invite adults, children or families; determine the number of guests you can accommodate; and figure out a reasonable amount to charge for people to attend the event. Here are some ideas:

    • Margarita party for 30 adults
    • Beach bonfire for 30 adults and kids
    • Mani-Pedi for 10 adults
    • Cookie decorating for 16 kids
    • Sports Outings: A day of golf, baseball, football, soccer, basketball & other sports outings - tailgate party at the Big Game, for example
    • Theme Dinners: Murder Mystery Dinner, Crawfish Boil, Tapas and Sangria party, Oscars party, Outdoor movie night for kids, host a birthday party, BBQ, Luau etc.


    Think about your friends, neighbors, colleagues and local stores. When you are in a store making purchases or going out to dinner, tell the owner or manager about the school and the event. Solicit right then and there for a donation. Let's network and use our contacts! It all makes a difference!

    If you have personal relationships with businesses, you will have a far higher rate of success. If you know the proprietor or staff, don't be shy about asking for contributions. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. The only way to get a donation is to ask!