Often referred to as Golf Balls From Heaven or Golf Balls From Above, a golf ball drop raffle makes an excellent fundraiser event. The premise is straightforward. You sell numbered raffle chances based on the winner being the closest to the target’s center in a drop of numbered golf balls.
One ideal way to drop the golf balls that provides great fun for spectators is to use a tethered hot air balloon suspended above a huge bullseye target painted on a field. Another method is to drop the golf balls from a helicopter as it hovers above the target.
Either way, the cascade of several thousand golf balls plummeting toward the target has great spectator appeal.
Golf Balls From Above Fundraiser Event
While selling raffle chances is the bulk of the fundraising activity, you can also generate plenty of additional profits by making the drop event into a big party. You can add live music, serve food and drinks, offer donated items in silent auction bids, and even do a live auction of the best items such as a vacation getaway, spa package, or other attractive prizes.
Or, you can add a golf ball drop raffle whenever you’re planning a charity golf tournament or organizing a charity event. It’s an easy way to add tens of thousands of dollars to just about any fundraiser. All you need is a place to drop the balls and an eager sales force to sell the raffle chances.
At the center of the target area, plant a golf course flag in a hole cut in the grass. The winning ball is the one that’s closest to the hole. In case of a tie, combine two prizes and split the money between the two winners.
Groups usually structure this raffle fundraiser in blocks of 1,000 chances. Each numbered ticket matches a numbered golf ball in the drop. Larger groups can easily sell 10,000 raffle tickets while smaller groups in more rural areas are more comfortable with just 1,000 entries.
Done correctly, this raffle will be a total sellout. However, be sure to pull out any unsold balls before the event drop takes place.
The most attractive prizes a raffle can offer are big cash prizes. The second most popular option is offering lots of chances to win smaller cash prizes in addition to the grand prize.
It’s also possible to add in smaller non-cash prizes that have been donated, so that everyone entered has a larger chance of winning something.
You can offer prize money of up to 50% of raffle ticket sales and still raise a substantial sum. As a rough rule of thumb, that would be $5,000 in prizes for every 1,000 chances sold.
Half of the available prize money should be committed to the grand prize and the balance used in declining amounts through at least ten places.
If you use smaller cash prizes, then you could also offer lots of $50 and $100 winners because more people will buy a ticket if they think they have a good chance of winning something.
Raffle ticket pricing
You can price all your tickets at $10 each or offer some quantity discounts to encourage big buys. Consider offering ticket bundles of three for $25, seven for $50, or fifteen chances for $100.
You’ll be surprised how many people will buy multiple tickets! Once they’ve decided to buy one, it’s easy to step them up to more, especially if there’s a discount involved.
Raffle ticket sales tips
To sell thousands of chances, you have to reach beyond the usual sales to your supporter’s family, friends, and neighbors.
Get permission and setup sales tables outside high-traffic retail locations such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, grocery stores, and other shopping center hotspots. Use two big signs, one explaining why you are raising money and the second featuring the raffle prizes and ticket price.
The signs will help pre-sell people as they approach. Place several stack of flyers for people to grab that explain all the details. Focus on selling tickets to everyone that stops at the table by having multiple signup sheets.
Done correctly, the golf ball drop raffle has huge fundraising potential. Even small groups can net ten thousand or more with just a couple of weekends of ticket sales.
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