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This week’s fundraising tip: Movies for boobies

April 28, 2009

My friend Carrie suggested hosting a movie night at our local cinema.  They will rent out one of the 4 theaters for a reasonable sum and discount the ticket price.  I did some calculations and determined that if I charge $15 a person and get 100 people to show up, I could raise $300 – that’s 3 mammograms for women who otherwise could not afford one !  Now, if I charged $20 a person, I could raise $800, or 8 mammograms !

movieBased on my calculations, if I was able to get 200 people to pay $20 a ticket there would be the possibility of raising almost $2,000.  How cool would that be?!?
In order to develop the best strategy, I posted a survey on my Facebook page.  Fifteen people responded.  I asked 3 questions: Best night during the week to see a movie (rental is less during the week), Best time to start the movie, and How much would you pay.

The results were basically split among the possible choices.


It looks like Monday or Wednesday at 7:00 pm would be good choices.

The more pressing question is how much to charge.  The usual ticket price is $10.50.   A large bucket and large soda  could cost over $7.00.   Which would mean that if one was going to go and watch a movie and buy a snack, one could pay as much as $17.50.

I would  need to purchase the tickets for $8.50, which includes unlimited popcorn and soda and the theater cost $175 to rent.  The survey was split on the price with about half of the respondents willing to pay $15 and the other half $20.  Obviously, I would prefer to charge $20, as the total raised would be significantly more. But, if I charge $15, perhaps there would be more people showing up, and that could raise more money.

Any thoughts from the readers of the blog ?

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 14, 2009 11:24 pm

    Hmmmm…I’m very interested what the outcome of this is…please do let me know! Good luck on the fundraising, it’s hard work, but totally worth it!
    (nonaofsav) on Ravelry

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