Our variation on a fundraising raffle is to have a table of donated items. Our members donate new items they have received as gifts but don’t want, things they have made with their special talents (i.e.- hand-made jewelry, baked goods, clothing, etc.), items donated from local businesses, and certificates for free admission to future lodge events or services (such as baby sitting or house-cleaning). The items are on display during our charity fundraising dinner.During the cocktail hour and dinner, we sell tissue paper bags that either contain a number or a novelty prize (we usually use chocolate candies). We plump up the bags with filler material such as shredded paper to disguise the contents. The bags are sold for $10 each.
At a specified time the bags are opened and the people with numbers get to choose from the prize table in order of the numbers. The others get to enjoy their chocolates. We try to limit the number of bags so people have a good chance of winning a prize. We always sell out of the prize bags and are able to raise several hundred dollars for our chosen charity using this fundraising technique. Source: Evergreen Elks Lodge #2363, Evergreen, Colorado