Poker Run Fundraiser

Attracts classic car owners and others. Charge a registration fee. Registrants pick up clues to the route where they pick up one card from a deck of cards. Box lunches are provided at the end while waiting for all cars to  return. The best poker hand wins the grand prize which could be a set of tires, detailing, tune-up and oil change, etc (hopefully donated). Other trophies and prizes are also awarded. It’s a great fundraising idea and lots of fun. Be creative with the clues.   Source: Hospice of the Gorge, Hood River, Oregon

Variation: Any one can do this one. All you need is a deck of cards, a notebook and pen. All who plays gets to draw 5 cards from the deck any way they want (not looking at them of course). They pay $5.00 a hand and the best hand wins half of the pot at the end of the time allowed. We do it for about 5 to 6 hours per day and raise about $100.00 per time for both the winner and the charity. Everyone wants to play again and again to beat the hand before. Sometimes the pot gets to be about $400.00, depending on the size of the group. It gets to be a lot of fun and everyone likes to play poker. You could add a joker for better odds or let them pay $3.00 more for 1 more card. We do this about 6 weekends a year and raise about $1500.00 for our state project for that year.  Submitted By: Christy W, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, Odessa, Texas

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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.