Lake Ice Melt Fundraiser

The Golden K Kiwanis Club of Janesville, Wisconsin holds an annual Truck on Ice fund-raiser to benefit local charities. The contest involves determining when the shell of a Chevrolet Suburban placed on a lagoon will break through the ice and sink into the water. A clock installed in the vehicle records the exact moment at which the Suburban submerges, allows Kiwanis members to determine the fundraiser winners. Opportunities to guess when the truck will sink are $5 each

or three for $10. Tickets containing guesses for the fundraiser are stored in a sealed container.

Alternative 1: An annual barrel-on-the-lake fundraiser is held to benefit the Alta Lake School in Whistler, British Columbia. Every winter, a barrel is placed out on a frozen Alta Lake and residents purchase tickets, filling in the date and time when they think the ice will melt and the barrel will fall in. When spring comes and the barrel floats past a certain point, the person who guessed the closest time wins. The proceeds are split 50-50 between the school and the lucky guesser.

Alternative 2: The Bridgton Community Center’s annual fundraiser on Moose Pond has a new mascot this year. IC is a colorful snowman that is highly visible as you cross the causeway and will determine when ice out comes to the Pond. Entrants can try to win one-half of the net proceeds by predicting the correct date. Tickets are available at a number of locations around Bridgton including Beth’s Kitchen Cafe. For complete contest rules and previous ice out dates, please contact the Bridgton Community Center.


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We have included a number of do-it-yourself fundraising ideas in this section that offer a break from traditional product sales.  They were developed by groups just like yours in an attempt have a little fun with their fundraiser. Some of them are tried and true while others show a lot of creativity … and even wackiness in some cases.  All of them are obviously not appropriate for every group, but sometimes, with only a little modification, your might find some fund raising ideas that are perfect for your group. If you have an idea for a do-it-yourself fund raiser you are willing to share with others, please send it to us via email. Include anything and everything you would want to know if you were hearing the idea for the first time.