Durango, CO: Combine intriguing art with Durango’s premier classic music festival Music in the Mountains and what do you get? Violins and Vino, a great combination in any book. Traditionally, the festival has kicked off with a fundraising soirée at Toh-Atin Gallery. In 2013, the event moved from the end of January to the end of March, which made for lighter spirits all around. Instead of a musical performance and an auction of private musical performances, this year’s festivities included an auction of violins painted and decorated by talented local artists along with just a few performances for sale – others were used at mini-concerts and fancy dinners as fundraisers for Music in the Mountains throughout the year, including From Russia with Love in February and April in Paris. Twelve artists received a gleaming new $75 violin, and most said the hardest part was marring that finish to get it ready to be a “canvas.”
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.