Holiday Cheer!By selling Christmas trees and wreaths, the Elsinore High School Football Booster Club in Wildomar, California not only brings holiday joy to the local community, it brings in a lot of green for the athletic program. This year the event raised $4,500.
By Marichel Diaz
President, Elsinore High School Football Booster Club
Elsinore High School
This was our second year holding a Christmas Tree/Wreath fundraiser and it was very successful. We sold more than 200 trees and wreaths, which made a $4,500 profit.
To start, I researched many growers and found two to be the least costly and most reliable, while providing quality wreaths and trees. We use Mickman Brothers, Inc. (www.mickman.com), from Ham Lake, Minnesota for the wreaths. And we order the trees from a grower in Portland, Oregon, but I would rather keep that one a secret.
We sold three types of trees: Noble fir, Douglas fir, and Grand fir, because they are the most popular. The prices ranged from $35 to $133 and sizes ranged from 2-4 feet to 11-12 feet. We made from $29-$35 per tree.
We sold three different wreaths, all 25" round, with different decorations on them. The wreaths sold for $30-$40. We made $15-$19 per wreath.
Pre-orders began on October 11 and the deadline was November 15. The trees were distributed and picked up on December 3, between 8 a.m. and noon, at the Elsinore High football stadium.
The Christmas tree vendor delivers the trees via a trucking company by the due date--usually one day before distribution--to any location we ask. We put them in a storage unit at our school. Then, we distribute on the date indicated on the order form.
All the wreaths were delivered by Dec. 5. The wreaths get delivered two ways: Bulk delivered to my home and then distributed at the school on a certain date, or they get delivered to the customer's home. They can be delivered anywhere in the U.S.
Four executive board members, including myself, planned the fundraiser. We had eight adults who participated in distributing trees. And there were 20
athletes, both football players and wrestlers, who helped with tree distribution.
All payments are made in the form of cash or check. The deal with the growers is all based on pre-payment. Both vendors invoice us after delivery, and then we pay them.
There's not a lot of work to do regarding promoting the fundraiser. Just creating the PDF order forms, putting the word out to families and the community, posting on our Facebook page, and designing some banners. I can honestly say there is not much planning. And best of all, no out of pocket expenses.
We are planning to expand this fundraiser next year. Our goal is to reach 600 trees. I would suggest trying it with your Booster Club, as well. Just research growers in your area or on the Internet. Be organized, have a good order sheet, and make sure the delivery dates are met.