Basket of Cheer !, News (Millbrook Minor Hockey)

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Nov 14, 2023 | Brian Field | 41 views
Basket of Cheer !
To be drawn on December 22, 2023

Hello Millbrook Stars Families & Friends

By now we hope your coach or manager has given you information on our Association Holiday Fundraiser.

Fundraising for both the MDMHA and individual teams has become increasingly challenging over the past few years. New OMHA rules after COVID now prohibit Hockey Associations from collecting door fees at the arena which is a loss of revenue, while expenses continue to increase. 

Sponsorships are similiarly down due to increasing costs and inflation being felt by both businesses and families.

The township of Cavan Monaghan has completed a review of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario rules and regulations for fundraising with MDMHA. The township was recently audited and will be strictly enforcing rules going forward. Individual teams are prohibited from conducting small raffles, draws, 50/50 etc. which traditionally were used to offset team expenses and tournaments fees. These types of fundraising activities require a lottery licence and individual teams are not eligible to obtain this license. NON COMPLIANCE to these rules could lead to fines and in some cases criminal charges. The township will be monitoring this very closely.

MDMHA has been working to come up with some fundraising ideas that would benefit both the association and teams, and so we are pleased to announce our first ever Basket of Cheer draw, a trial run at an association wide raffle that will benefit all.

For this upcoming holiday season, as this is our first, we are doing a smaller scale basket of cheer raffle.  With sufficient support from teams, families, and coaches, we will run a larger raffle next season. Our hope with this larger raffle would be to give a larger incentive to each individual team to support their season.

We have put together a basket of cheer (alcohol) valued at $750. There have been 2500 tickets printed and we are asking that each FAMILY sells 10 tickets. The tickets have been separated by team and all serial numbers have been recorded. If a family has more than 1 child in hockey this season their tickets will be with only 1 of their children's team. After all tickets have been sold, each team will receive $200 that is to be put towards a benefit for the entire team. For example, tournaments or extra ice costs.

YOU MUST SELL ALL YOUR TEAMS TICKETS & SUBMIT THE STUBS & CASH TO GET ADDITIONAL TICKETS. If you sell all your tickets quickly you can help out your team members with their sales.

Once all the tickets are distributed to each family, there will be 330 tickets remaining. We are offering 3 prizes to those teams that sell the most additional tickets. The prize structure is outlined below.
Once all 10 tickets per family have been sold for the entire team and the money and ticket stubs are returned to either Shelley Nicholson (fundraising convenor) or Nadine Stinson (treasurer), teams are encouraged to sell additional tickets for further prizes which will be on a first come first serve basis.

First Place: $400
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200

Please keep in mind that these are TEAM prizes and not individual and there must be proof that the money is going to something that is benefiting the entire team (AGCO rule). In order for this to be fair the additional tickets sold will be calculated by dividing the total amount of EXTRA tickets sold by the number of families on that team. This will ensure that it is fair for all teams as some have 17 families and others only 9. In the event of a tie, the team that submits the money and stubs to either Shelley or Nadine first will win.

Fundraising is crucial to our organisation to support consistency in registration costs for the 24/25 season.  MDMHA is working hard planning fundraising and events to support the financial health of the organisation. The reality is that registration for each player barely covers the cost of the ice itself and does not allow for the operations of the association and games. In addition to the ice expenses, there are many other costs involved in running a Hockey Association. These include OMHA insurance, referees, timekeepers, bank and credit card fees. For those that are interested in learning more about the finances of MDMHA we encourage you to attend one of our monthly meetings.

Thank you for supporting Millbrook & District Minor Hockey