The Coventry Myton Hospice Appeal in the United Kingdom raised significant funds selling raffle tickets for the right to press the button to demolish the Foleshill gas tower, a local landmark. Think of how many old buildings, hotels, bridges, arenas, stadiums, etc that are demolished each year. You see the pictures replayed on television repeatedly. How much would you pay for a raffle ticket where the winner will press the button to demolish a football stadium that is being replaced? How many tickets do you think you could sell? Your only cost is the advertising and raffle tickets. You could undoubtedly get plenty of media exposure which would help ticket sales and publicize your organization or cause. If it’s a significant landmark, you could attract ticket purchasers from across the country.
While the principle is simple, convincing the property owner and/or local government officials to let your group do this may not be easy. However, it’s an idea that is certainly worth pursuing since it offers the chance for your organization to raise significant funds without a large expenditure on your part.