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Poker Charity Event – Are you affiliated with a non-profit organization?

Do you know someone who is?poker charity event

If so we have some fun ideas for creative and memorable Atlanta charity events.

How about a fabulous, casual Texas Hold’em style poker charity event which is open to all and involves no pressure?

First up be aware that participants can arrive at different times. This is very common especially at fund raising events. For this reason you are advised to start your welcome reception thirty minutes before your event to make sure all the late comers can arrive and find their bearings.

Get a nice big room for the event. Poker tables take up a lot of space so think about where your pre-game reception area will be and if it will be big enough.

Start the event off with telling the guests about your non-profit organization’s recent activities and achievements. Let them feel that their support both now and in the future is important and it keeps them informed.

You don’t want people to be put off from participating if they have little or no experience of poker. Emphasize how easy the game is at the more basic levels.

atlanta charity eventsHave a more seasoned poker player on each table so they can deal cards, monitor betting and explain the rules as and when necessary.

Complement this by having copies of the rules and the winning hands sequence on each table so that beginners aren’t left wondering what to do.

Someone from your organization should act as Master of Ceremonies (Emcee). They will give an overview of the rules of the tournament, watch the time in order to rotate the poker games and answer any questions that may come up.

If players lose all their allotted poker chips before the event is over have a plan in place to re-stock so that players can continue to enjoy the event.

Restaurants in the local area will appreciate the opportunity to boost their public relations profile by being affiliated with your event. They can provide gift certificates for you to raffle at the end of the night. Make sure you explain what your organization does in detail and describe what their support will mean to you.

Key Tasks

Create an organizing committee and give people roles and responsibilities. For example someone should be in charge of food and drinks and another person should be in charge of securing and renting the venue.atlanta-poker-charity-event

Ideally you should aim to secure a public function hall that will donate their space for the benefit of your organization. Assign someone the responsibility for the raffle and auction prizes and how that part of the event will be run.

Set an entrance or ticket fee to the event, aim for around the hundred dollar mark. Make invitations and tickets to distribute to people who are coming.

The invitation should include a description of the event. This process will allow you to get a rough idea of how many people will be attending your event.

Base your organization of the size of the function room around pre-paid guests and leave room for a few late arrivals and walk-ins on the night. Have some staff on hand to deal with tickets, payments and to hand out raffle tickets.

If your situation allows you might be able to arrange the sale of food and drink within the function hall. Try and secure your food and drink for free as much as possible by canvassing local businesses. You may also decide to offer food and drink as included in the ticket price.

charity-event-prizesSecure attractive raffle and auction prizes for free. Canvass local shops, restaurants or hotels and ask what packages or gift certificates they would be willing to donate as prizes.

Try sports venues too who may be able to donate memorabilia, golf course or tennis court access or season tickets to events. You should be aiming for between seven and ten raffle items although if the fundraiser is bigger you may require more.

High-end items such as weekend getaways, golf carts and vacation packages could be available to donors via live or silent auction so more funds can be generated.

Buy a big roll of raffle tickets with duplicate strips to allow the raffle to go smoothly.

Make sure donors know that their contributions to your organization will be prominently displayed. This will generate publicity and encourage people to spend more.

Make sure you have printed sets of rules and place a copy on every table at the event.atlanta-poker-charity-events

Print and distribute feedback forms so that guests can fill them in at the end of the tournament. These should be used to improve future events.

Get in touch with Funtastic Events! This gaming rental company can provide poker tables which accommodate up to eight to ten people. Tables come with professional speed cloths, poker chips and playing cards.

The poker tournament will take around two and a half hours. You need half an hour at the start of the event for reception the latter half of which should be a talk about your organization and recent events affecting it.

Then let your Emcee or Pit Boss set out the rules of the poker tournament and explain when the raffle and/or auction will take place. Enjoy your poker charity event.


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