Adam Drollinger, Children's Pastor at Meadowbrook Community Church in Champaign, shares a great fundraiser idea that your kids can do for BGMC or STL. This resource was selected as the Best Resource for February 2012.
For the past 13 years, here at Meadowbrook, we have done a Super Bowl Pizza Fundraiser, but you could also do it around March Madness or some other special season. We start by passing out fundraising packets to the kids on the first Sunday of January, giving them 3 full weeks to take pizza orders. We then collect the order forms the last Sunday of January and count how many pizzas were ordered. We have made arrangements with the Sam's Club and Walmart in our area, and we purchase all of our supplies from those two stores. We order crusts from Walmart and purchase sauce, cheese, oil, seasoning, plastic wrap, and toppings from Sam's Club. On the Saturday morning the day before Super Bowl Sunday, our children, their parents, and other volunteers gather to assemble the pizzas (assembly line style). We set up stations for each of the topping areas, as well as oiling, saucing, and wrapping stations. Our orders usually run between 600-800 pizzas, and we run our assembly line from 9 am to noon. Pizzas are then delivered by the children, or available for pickup from noon to 3 pm that Saturday. This allows those who ordered to have fresh pizzas for their Super Bowl dining, or they can choose to freeze and enjoy them at a later time. To offer the kids a challenge, we always offer a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize for the largest number of pizzas sold, but for the past few years, I have also issued a challenge that any child who out-sells me will get to go out to dinner with me to the restaurant of their choice. The past couple of years, I have taken 3-4 kids to a local steakhouse. It's a great fundraiser, and the children love the challenge to earn money for missions in a creative way!! For more information, contact Adam at [email protected] or 217.493.5647.