Ron Berry (ron.berry@THEWHEEL.COM)
Mon, 28 Nov 1994 22:02:07 LCL
SS>Well, We used to do it in Cubs but have gotton away from it.
SS>The problem really gets to be those that have and those that don't.
SS>There were a few people who can continually afford $70 cakes but the
SS>majority of parents can not.
SS>I gave my son a limitation of $40 for the night. Over and over, he was
SS>disappointed because he was outbid. For an 8 year old, this is not
SS>much fun. This was the major event of the month (pack meeting) so
SS>I wrote the pack a check and took the kids to a movie.
SS>We had a much better time MAKING the cake than buying it.
We do a cake auction but view it more as fun for the boys than a major
fundraiser. The problem with having it as a main fundraiser is that it is
hitting up the parents and relatives. Other sales type fundraisers get
money from a wider group of people.
We keep our auction bid going in $0.25 increments after they get to about
$5. Our highest cakes went for about $25. Boys this age just don't get a
chance to bid at an auction and have the fun of it. This way they can do it
without spending a fortune. It's amazing how many will buy their own cakes
back. This year we had a few people who brought store bought cakes but
after seeing the work that went into some of them I don't think they will do
We have earmarked the money from this auction for a special project. One
year we had a professional magician come. Last year we paid the boys way
for a day at a nearby amusement park.
We enjoy having our auction, we just don't take it that seriously as a fund
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