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Fundraising- family history & Memorials

What reunion doesn’t need money? There are many ways to raise money if you don’t just divide all your costs and assess everyone equally. Consider some of these ideas and share your ideas with our readers. E-mail us.

Ancestors rule
Some reunions ask for donations in the name of ancestors, parents, brothers and sisters, which makes the reunion fund a memorial fund. Ask for donations for scholarships or for specific activities or to provide general funds for the reunion. When offered as a memorial, donations take on double importance and focus on fond memories in celebrating the life of the family.

Cynthia Mora, Glendale, Arizona, reports that her Cabrera Family Reunion was in memory of her grandmother. “We had a raffle to help raise money for our next reunion. The items raffled off varied from McDonald’s gift cards to a nice set of acrylic tumblers to a small CD player. The grand prize was an 11x14 picture of my grandmother in her younger days made into a puzzle. This sold the tickets.”

Open for (family) business
Donna Strother reports the Strother Store, stocked with Strother-related items, is open except when they’re away on tours. Items emblazoned with the Strother Coat of Arms include t-shirts, sweats, refrigerator magnets, note cards, cloth dinner napkins, small paper cocktail napkins, tote bags, lapel pins. The store also stocks books related to the Strother family and a Strother Directory. The Society is compiling a cookbook.


Knapp/Napp family history for sale
Two items were sold as Knapp/Napp reunion souvenirs. Diane Johnson Foster designed and ordered t-shirts. Using information from family researchers, Mary Thiele Fobian revised and reissued a Family History originally written by Myra Knapp for a family reunion in 1922. Both souvenirs were sold to attendees at cost.


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