Community Fund Raising is important to ALL!
A reader wrote to ask that I open discussion about how the issues surrounding the Walking Horse Celebration are crippling many fund-raising efforts in the county.
I see that up close and personal with the 100+ year old Wartrace Walking Horse Show. Besides the slow down surrounding the Walking Horse industry, groups are now conflicting with previously established events and the end result could be less money all around for the children.
Here are the points this reader wanted to make:
"As you may have noticed, there were less foods booths open this year at the Walking Horse Celebration. Several of the clubs that support our local youth decided it was not cost effective to maintain a booth after running their booth for many, many years.
The low attendance combined with the high cost of "renting" a booth has pushed many out. The Celebration charges clubs $2500 just to run a booth. For groups like the QB Club and Band Boosters, that is money that could better be used to help the organizations they support.
It appears that the Celebration would rather have empty food booths and less food selection as opposed to lowering or eliminating the rental fees. Maybe you could add a post that touches on this issue?
It might help the civic clubs and school support groups that scratch for every dime to provide band uniforms, instruments, sports equipment, fuel for travel to games and other needs that are vital to the students and parents who work hard in these booths. They help the Celebration as well.
Many people in Shelbyville will be surprised to know that bands at Unionville, Cascade and Shelbyville receive no extra money from the schools. Only by fund raisers, fruit sales, and food booths can they afford to put bands on the field."
Your thoughts? Solutions?
One thought is to form a 'Community Fundraising Association' where ideas can be discussed, scheduling conflicts avoided or at least minimized and a group effort to help make them all be as successful as possible.
As a combined group, maybe there is enough momentum to create their own "Celebration" that creates opportunities for many of the same groups that are suffering now?
As I write that, I can envision all kinds of "political" conflicts evolving, but maybe a strong group that sees the overall community picture can overcome them.