You really want to attend your class reunion. You really want to see Dave or Michelle in person and not just on Facebook. And, come to think of it, you would also like to see John, Joe, Beth and Erin, among others. You know that a class reunion only comes around once every five or ten years. You really understand the value of the event, especially in priceless memories. You realize that a class reunion is more than a nice dinner and a DJ; that it costs money to research classmates to obtain the most current contact information, to create, print and mail invitations, to create name tags with your senior photo, to decorate, to staff the event, that there are taxes, gratuities and venue charges in addition to other services contracted by your committee and that no person’s or company’s labor is free. You don’t want to live your life with regrets. But, you are not sure if you will have the money to go.
You are not alone. Here are six creative ways to get some cash to go and even bring a guest:
- Since invitations are mailed out about four months ahead of your reunion, ask for payment plans. Many professional reunion planners are happy to work with all classmates with a payment plan that is suitable for both.
- Got any items that are not needed or wanted anymore? An item that you can part with? Try eBay. It works. Toys, jewelry, collectibles and more.
- Hold or participate in a yard sale.
- Ask a local business for sponsorship, especially if you frequent that business. Consider offering the business an ad in the reunion memory book or directory.
- Hold a bake sale at an event at your high school. Most schools will allow this, especially if it is a class reunion. It can be combined with other alma mater fund raising events, such as Booster’s Club, Marching Band, cheerleaders, etc.
- Perform a service for someone who needs it and is willing to pay for it, such as pet sitting, yard work, running errands, etc. Most of the time, all you have to do is ask
originally posted May 22, 2012 at Five Star Reunions, by Fran McLean
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