Who: To all current and incoming Bloomington Fastpitch Association BLAST families of all levels (In-house, 8U, 10U, 12U & up)
What: BFA BLAST is introducing a new fundraiser experience this year! This fundraiser will replace the Catch the Fire Raffle of past years. Catch the Fire Raffle was a hugely successful fundraiser for many years for BFA, but also had its drawbacks which included the intense work required to execute the fundraiser and the missed opportunity to have the entire BFA community involved.
Why: The new fundraiser experience will involve the entire membership and offer an opportunity for the players to give back to the organization through service. The Bloomington Blast Breakfast is not only an opportunity to raise money but an event that will bring all of the BFA families to gather together as a community and build relationships, market our program to Bloomington residents, and feature our sponsors.
BLOOMINGTON BLAST BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
Frequently Asked Questions
What: Bloomington Blast Breakfast Fundraiser
When: Sunday, March 17th from 8:00am until 12:00pm
Where: Knights of Columbus, 1114 American Blvd W, Bloomington, MN 55420
What exactly is the fundraiser event?
The fundraiser is a pancake breakfast that will be made and served by BFA players and their families. A breakfast ticket costs $7 each and will provide patrons with a plate of pancakes and pork sausages along with coffee and orange juice. Children ages 3 and under eat free. Knights of Columbus will provide the event space, initial training (kitchen and serving), and all the food and beverages. BFA players/families will provide the labor.
On the day of the event, there will be many more fun opportunities to raise money for girl’s fastpitch softball in Bloomington! We will have a Treasure Tree ($20+ gift cards), Chance Drawings (including a “Get out of Volunteering” card), a Silent Auction (including FREE pitching/catching lessons and BASH tournament parking space), and Sponsor Drawings.
What is expected of BFA players/families?
Each BFA (travel) family is required to sell at least 14 breakfast tickets at $7 per ticket. In-house league players are not required but encouraged to sell as many tickets as they can. Prizes will be given to players who sell 20 or more tickets (1 prize awarded per 20 tickets). There will be special prizes for the top selling three players/families!
How do we get the tickets?
Each BFA family will purchase their 14 tickets up front. A cash or check payment of $98 must be turned in at one of the following dates:
Uniform Try On – Sunday, February 10th
Player Evaluations – Saturday, February 23rd or Sunday, February 24th
Checks will be held until April 1st to ensure adequate time for players/families to sell tickets. Parents will then keep the money from the tickets sold.
Should BFA not receive a $98 check at the dates/times listed above, the player will not be rostered on a team. No Exceptions.
Tickets will be distributed at the Uniform Try On and Player Evaluation events.
What if I need extra tickets?
Players/families can request extra tickets by contacting Sabrina Starkey at (651) 338-4111. You will pay for these extra tickets when you receive them with cash/check. Sabrina will be available to distribute extra tickets at several upcoming BFA meetings (e.g. coach’s clinic, parent/player meeting, etc).
What is expected of a BFA player on the day of the fundraiser event? BFA players are expected to volunteer. Volunteer shifts will be determined by teams and sent out by March 1st. For example, 8U Red/8U Blue will clean tables from 8am-9am, 10U Red/10U Blue will host beverage service and re-set tables from 8am-9am, 12U Red will serve food from 8am-9am, etc.
Will there be volunteer hours for adults?
We will need adults to work in the back of the house prepping the food and washing dishes as we go. There may also be additional adult volunteer shifts in the front of the house. Up to 3 hours of adult volunteer hours for the Bloomington Blast Breakfast will count towards a family’s required tournament volunteer hours. Assistant coaches will be given first preference for adult volunteer shifts.
When can I sign up?
Look for a Sign-up Genius on March 1st for volunteer shifts.
We are excited to announce the 2018 4th Annual Catch the Fire Raffle! It is one of our largest methods of raising funds for BFA. Last year was a tremendous success. In total, the 2017 raffle raised over $13,000 for BFA. We can do better in 2018!
All we ask is that you sell 10 raffle tickets to your family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. If you are uncomfortable with selling tickets, we ask that you please purchase them yourselves. Simply fill out the raffle ticket stubs, enclose cash or check and return in the fundraising envelope you will receive at the BFA Blastoff.
2018 Catch the Fire Raffle Details
For any questions about the raffle or to learn more about our fundraising program, please call me at (612)414-0080. I can also be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice President of Strategic Planning
Bloomington Fastpitch Association (BFA)
Please take a moment, and think about any of the special times you've had at Bloomington Fastpitch Softball Events. It's easy to take for granted, how it all came together. From the fields to the uniforms, the equipment to the tournaments. But somehow, every season - it all comes together. The cheers and laughs of our children make it all worth it.
Besides the Yeoman’s work from our BFA Board, volunteers, parents and coaches, fundraisers are just one part of what is required to provide great youth sports programs for our kids. But they are a very important part - because they are the key to the improvement of our programs.
Registration fees only get us so far. Those are set to be affordable and cover the basic costs – uniforms, gym rental, umpires, etc. We count on the generosity of sponsors and our fundraisers to make the next season a little bit better by having a constantly evolving list of desired improvements and projects. These improvements are prioritized and tackled as funds are available. There are always great items on the list - and fundraisers are one of the ways that push us over the top to check off the next item.
Fundraisers don't just raise money. They bring people together, teach life lessons for our kids, enhance our sense of community, create awareness and generate enthusiasm!
You can't spell fundraiser without FUN!