So if you've been reading this thread, you know I'm buying a castle.
I'm not sure I can express how thankful I am that my family and I are in the position to be able to buy a castle. One of our objectives if we actually somehow miraculously completed this purchase was to use it to give back. We've got a number of charity oriented ideas in mind, but I believe one is likely to be of particular interest to this community.
While the details are still forming up, we're planning on having an annual event dedicated to raising funds for Child's Play. The working title of this event is Hoop & Stick. Get it? Hoop & Stick. A game possibly played by a child in a castle. As a fundraiser for Child's Play. In a castle. See what I did there? Aren't I clever?
I'm looking at early December for the event, likely the first or second Saturday (12/1 or 12/8). We'll set it up as a full day event, with board games, tournaments, a silent auction, etc. I'll rent rooms out at full price - but then donate 100% of the room revenue to Child's Play. Also going to Child's Play will be the ticket fees (assuming we sell tickets), proceeds from the silent auction, and a portion of any food/beverage sales during the day (still working out the technicalities of that one). My goal is to raise $10,000. Ambitious perhaps, but achievable I believe.
I'll provide official details as they become available, but at this point I have a few questions I'd like to pose to the group.
First, would you realistically be interested and able to come to such an event? I'd like to gauge interest level and number of possible attendees for planning purposes. Bear in mind that this is only a few months after PenCon, so if you're coming in from a distance it's two (count them, TWO!) trips to Ohio in a short period.
Second, would you be interested in assisting with such an event? I'm going to be contacting a variety of individuals and companies looking for sponsorships, donations, etc. While I already have a significant contact list, I'd love to pick up a volunteer or two who might be able to help make these calls.
So, what do you guys and gals think?