We are gearing up to have an amazing festival this year. In addition to all the amazing art and music and food and fun that happens on Sunday, we are adding a Saturday night event that will feature electronic arts and music plus progressive Lucha Libre wrestling from Mexico City / El Paso (a natural combination, we think)! It’s going to be out of control. (September 13-14, if you want to mark your calendars!)
This year, we are also planning an experimental new approach to fundraising–an online silent auction that will function like a crowdfunding campaign. Supporters will be able to donate a bit of cash to AHA and, in exchange, they will get gift certificates donated by diverse local businesses and service providers–restaurants, spas, bodyworkers, and more. It’s a win-win–crowdfunders will get something more useful than a T-shirt, and our auction donors will get all the exposure we can generate through social media. We estimate that a couple thousand people will visit the site and browse what’s up for grabs, and we’ll provide info/images/links for each of the sponsors giving items and services.
Please let us know if you would be willing to contribute an item or a service or a gift certificate to this auction OR, if you know of a business that we should ask (bonus points if I can name-drop you!). Here are the details you might need to know:
- We are interested in all kinds of items and services. Artwork? Flute lessons? Massage? If you have a skill but not a business, we can help by printing up a gift certificate, writing up a blurb about you for the website, etc. Let’s talk.
- The donation will be tax deductible for its retail value! Our fiscal sponsor will send the donor a thank-you note with all the info needed to deduct.
- Alternatively, for larger donations, we can give you ad trade on our website or in our event program! Double exposure! (Ad deadline is Aug. 23)
- The auction launches on September 1, but the sooner we know about the donation the better. Just shoot us an email at email@example.com–we can pick the item up or give you a drop-off location.
Thank you so much for any help you can give! We love this community and are committed to finding a long-term fundraising model that is fun, rewarding, and gives value back to everyone involved.