GOP Fundraiser Features Automatic Weapons

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The city’s Republican Committee is planning a fundraiser that will pack some heat.

Manchester Republicans said they wanted something different from the usual chicken dinner for its fundraiser next month. Then, committee chairman Jerry Thibodeau, a hunter and skeet shooter, came up with the idea: “The thought just struck me one day: a machine gun shoot. What the heck?”

The event is planned for next month at the Pelham Fish and Game Club. Those who attend will get the chance to shoot Uzis, M-16 rifles and other automatic weapons after a they bulk ammo from Palmetto Armory. The club will have 20 safety officers on hand to load the guns and monitor shooters, said club chairman Bob Shaunessy.

Thibodeau said he thinks the fundraiser will be a fun social event that also will emphasize the party’s support for Second Amendment rights. Thibodeau said he fired a machine gun for the first time at 18 with his father, a World War II veteran.

“It’s a way of expressing yourself, I guess,” he said. “We all have a little testosterone in us, right?”

Many of those signing up are women.

“It’s very different,” said Kelly Hurst, the Manchester GOP’s executive director. Hurst said she carries a pistol for personal protection, but the chance to shoot a machine gun is very different.

“I don’t know when anyone else, man or woman, may get an opportunity to do this,” she said.

Manchester Democrats said they are upset by the Republicans’ shooting event.

Chris Pappas, chairman of the Manchester Democratic Committee, said it’s inappropriate to hold a fundraiser involving guns when violent crime is on the rise in the city.

He said the event is “not just in poor taste; it is downright offensive.”

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Relay For Life Cancer Cookbook

Cookbook more than a fundraiser for Canadian Cancer Society – Many west coast residents will be Cooking For Life this summer.

Andrea Newell, community resource co-ordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society, said the fundraiser in aid of the society’s western Newfoundland chapter came to them.

She said Transcontinental made the suggestion and the partnership grew from there. She said it was an offer the society could not refuse.

“We worked with the team at Transcontinental and the cook to develop the cookbook. Once they were published and put together, Transcontinental gave us 5,000 copies to sell with 100 per cent of the profit for the Canadian Cancer Society,” said Newell.

“That’s quite a gift. It’s a wonderful gift to have and we’re hoping to make the most of it that’s for sure.”

Newell said the cookbook is more than a fundraising project. The book contains the inspirational stories of cancer survivors, along with some of their tastiest dishes. She said the stories are her favourite part of the project.

“The stories are important because they led to the book and they give it some character,” she said. “It’s nice that there are stories from all areas of our region on the west coast. We have people from St. Anthony to Port aux Basques featured in the cook book and I think that’s something we need to push a little bit.

“I think people see cookbooks and fundraising things and they don’t realize there is a local twist to this, so I think that’s something we need to promote a little more heavily. There’s someone in this cook book that you know, you should pick up a copy.”

Shawn Woodford, publisher of The Western Star and Transcontinental’s western Newfoundland and Labrador weekly papers, said it was a pleasure to be involved with a project like this that has a chance to make $50,000 for the society.

He said the idea for the book originated in Port aux Basques with Natalie Musseau, reporter at the Gulf News. She was chair of the local Relay for Life and wanted to do a project to help out. The company had already done cookbook projects with Come Home Years in Stephenville and Codroy Valley, so it seemed a natural idea.

Woodford said Melissa Cormier, a noted local chef, came aboard and the project started to grow.

“We started talking about it and met with Melissa late last year about maybe doing a cookbook for the Port aux Basques area,” said Woodford. “Then we talked to the Canadian Cancer Society and it expanded larger and larger to encompass the five sites on the west coast – St. Anthony, Deer Lake, Corner Brook, Stephenville and Port aux Basques.”

He said the cookbook, if it’s successful, could become an annual item.

“We wanted it to be more than just a cookbook, we wanted it to be something that would be a keepsake as well,” he said. “That’s why we decided to do profiles of people that had lived through the illness.

“We profiled two from each of those five regions that had Relays for Life and it went over very well.”

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eBay Auction Niche Finder

Wonder how you’ll ever find a profitable niche on eBay? Blindly diving in to a new product niche without knowing the competitive landscape and potential profit margins is a quick way to go broke!

If you want to avoid that pain and turn a tidy profit off niches with little or no competition and high demand, check out this video demo of a new eBay auction niche finder.

It’s ten minutes, but time well spent because the guy shows you exactly how this killer eBay app is actually a license to print money.

Tupperware Fundraiser

Raising Funds With Tupperware
Raising funds with a Tupperware fundraiser is a fun and easy way to help your favorite cause. Hosting a Tupperware party isn’t difficult. Here’s some tips on putting one together:

Home Party
The traditional way to raise money is by hosting a Tupperware party in your home. You invite friends and neighbors to an informal gathering at your home where the most popular kitchen products are on display. The company consultant provides tasty food samples and demonstrates the product line for you.

Tupperware Product Line
Products include the collapsible Flat Out storage containers, heat and serve containers, Stuffables (which have expandable lids for odd-shaped foods), and kid-themed items like the SpongeBob SquarePants collection. Prices range from $5 to $25, depending on the size, style, and number of pieces in a set. The catalog also groups items by price range which makes selections even easier.

Online Party
Now you can also have an online page on Tupperware’s site that allows friends and family to browse the entire product line, make selections, and order their products online. Their products are drop-shipped directly to their homes and you get a check. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Each fundraising catalog has an order brochure in the back. Simply fill in which items each guest wants and collect the money up front. Submit your orders through your Tupperware consultant and you’re all set. Products arrive in roughly four weeks time.

Profit Margin
Your group gets to keep 40% of the total revenue, exclusive of taxes and shipping charges. Orders totaling $400 or more receive free shipping. For a small extra charge, orders can be shipped directly to each customer.

Group Fundraising
Many schools and other groups are doing Tupperware fundraising now. The concept is similar to that of the home party, except think bigger. These fundraising events are often hosted in the gymnasium or multi-purpose room where large groups of people can see the product demonstrations.

A Tupperware fundraiser is a great way to raise money. They’re lots of fun and incredibly easy to do. Start planning yours today.

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Car Raffle Tips

Organizing A Successful Car Raffle
Putting together a car raffle is not as hard as you think. The key ingredient is having a large group of ticket sellers who market the raffle chances to the general public. Everything besides ticket sales can be handled by just a few people.

Get organized
Divide the main tasks and focus on three areas: design, product, and marketing.

Got your favorite car from the nearest car dealership? Now, design your raffle around a desirable car or SUV as the main prize. Include a cash equivalent option for people who don’t want the vehicle. Offer several smaller cash prizes to increase interest.

Product should be highly desirable with a considerable status quotient. Think dream car, not transportation. The other part of the product equation is a clear statement of specific benefits the funds raised by the raffle will produce.

Marketing is key to your success. Your press release should sell the human interest story behind the raffle, not focus on just the prize. What’s the money raised going to do? Sales flyers should include a color picture of the car and bullet points of features and secondary prizes.

Select a desirable car
You want to offer a vehicle that’s highly desirable such as a Lexus or Mercedes. Raffling off a cheap car is actually more difficult then doing one with a luxury model. Why? Because people dream about owning one, so you’re selling a piece of the dream.

Partner with car dealer
Approach the manager of a local car dealer with a win/win offer. You get a good deal on the vehicle, say 25% off list. They get free publicity while still turning a small profit after all the dealer sales incentives are factored in.

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