For our Houston, TX area members.... you don't have to adopt to come out, but I would love to meet some of you and would love for you guys to come out and support us.
Event: Bluebonnet – Horse & Rider Adopt-a-thon
Date: May 12th, 2012
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Horse & Rider Store - 15210 I-45 in Conroe, Texas
We’re excited to announce what we hope will become an annual event: The Bluebonnet – Horse & Rider Adopt-a-thon in Conroe, Texas! We’ll be bringing several horses of different ages, breeds and training levels to the event to meet the public. Anyone who is pre-approved to adopt may take their new horse home that day and will pay half the normal adoption fee! Individuals interested in being pre-approved to adopt can download an adoption application from the organization’s website at http://www.bluebonnetequine.org.
Anyone who applies to adopt during the adopt-a-thon will receive half price adoption fees on any horses they adopt within the following 30 days. The Horse & Rider Store will also be offering discounts on items in the store to Bluebonnet adopters.
The event will include a saddle raffle, silent auction, and much more. Proceeds from the silent auction and saddle raffle will benefit the horses of Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. We’re still seeking new and used tack, farm and ranch items and horse and ranch-themed jewelry and home décor for the silent auction. All donations are tax-deductible.
Saddle raffle: new roping saddle (value of over $1,000). Raffle tickets are $10 each and the winner does not have to be present to win (but will need to contribute $25 towards shipping the saddle if he/she is not present). You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for info on how to purchase tickets if you won’t be able to make the event or to donate items for the silent auction.
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of equines by educating owners, assisting law enforcement agencies, rehabilitating abused and neglected equines, and placing them into safe, permanent homes. BEHS has been overwhelmed with calls about starving horses throughout Texas, and the organization hopes to make the Bluebonnet Adopt-a-Thon an annual event that will enable them to help many horses throughout the year.
Jenn - I work for a non-profit and we did a silent auction a couple years ago. Photographed all items and put on website with description. We're not overly high-tech (so couldn't do a fancy on-line bidding thing), but priced items at a certain percent above the donor's claimed value for a "make it mine" online price. We did sell a few items in that manner.
Hope your silent auction is as successful as ours turned out to be!
It was our first year to do it - so that's why you hadn't heard about one before.
It was a great day. The planning almost killed me as I almost had no horses attending for the adopt-a-thon part (long story involving several separate incidents with foster homes, transport, whatever). But the day came together - we had gorgeous weather (which can be hit or miss in the Houston area in May). Not too hot, a breeze part of the day, and no rain. We had a couple of last minute horse drop-outs (due to trailering issues), but the horses who came DID GREAT. They didn't mind the traffic going by nearby, the people coming to see them or anything else. They all made friends and fans, and we took in some adoption applications which I'll be processing tomorrow.
We sold raffle tickets, t-shirts and silent auction items. The store got several things donated for the raffle, so we have probably 15 winners (the grand prize winner won the saddle, and the others won smaller items).
We made new friends for the rescue, and we made a great partnership with the Horse & Rider Store. We bought a lot of people into the store and they had a great day as well.
This wasn't intended as a fundraiser, but it didn't do bad - $2500-$3000 (rough estimate) after expenses. I'll have the accounting done tomorrow.
I wish I could clone myself so I could do another one or two of these sometime soon. I'm hoping some of the other Horse & Rider Stores in the state will partner up with us as well - there may be an event coming to a location closer to some of our other Texas COTHers in the nearish future.