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What idea(s) do you have for raising funds and creating fellowship for 2019?

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Hold Nutmeg in Fall of 2019
 
have a stage for youth and other performers
4
 
have from 2-7pm, outdoors and on-campus
5
 
bring the community in
3
 
If we do a tag sale component (which seemed popular with community), focus only on those that act... more
by Erika Hagan
6
 
I strongly advocate for a one time trial of the Nutmeg with a paid event planner. Since this is a... more
by Kate Friedman
1
 
St Stephen's needs it- brings parishioners together; Mission needs it- provides about 40K a year;... more
4
 
Needs to have a smaller footprint since volunteers are not abundant. The community looks forward ... more
by Linda
3
 
The church is going down hill fast. Losing Nutmeg is only going to make it worse. It is time to... more
2
 
I agree with retaining Nutmeg but moving it to the fall. Might want to bring in vendors who can ... more
by Chris O.
1
 
Appealing, for sure, BUT the competition for people's energy in the fall is fierce. School starts... more
by Angela L.
1
 
Agree with Angela.
by Linda Berry
1
 
One person suggested to me that we get "back to our roots," having something more like a bake sal... more
by Jack Herr
 
Beauty of Nutmeg is that people are coming to us to spend money. Lot of work, but perhaps in lon... more
by Linda Berry
1
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Bev, Linda Berry, Tom Byrne and 5 more

Community Square Dance & BBQ
by Abigail
Host it on the lawn, invite people of all ages, hire a square dance caller and maybe a live band?... more
 
This sounds like a lot of fun, but raising funds equal to those of Nutmeg would be difficult. Wo... more
by Tom & Jeannine Carr
 
Love this idea. Keeps the cherished core ideas of food, music, lawn location, bringing in the pub... more
by Tara Filaski
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5

Tara Filaski, Joel Third, Jack Herr and 2 more

Memorial Weekend Nutmeg
by Geoffrey Morris
Move Nutmeg to Memorial Weekend (Saturday), for 2020. People are here and not many other activiti... more
 
Visitors might be here but the parish volunteers might be spending their Memorial Day elsewhere s... more
by Dave DiCamillo
 
I would vote yes on this, except it would cut into the barbecue for HOPE. Maybe the following we... more
by Linda Berry
 
This might be a great day for something as people do stay in town. The scale/scope would need to... more
by Tom & Jeannine Carr
1
 
One of the biggest challenges for Nutmeg is attracting enough chairpeople for the months leading ... more
by Kurt & Barbara Liddi
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Jeannine & Tom Carr
Kurt & Barbara Liddi
Establish an online, ongoing St. Stephen's exchange, similar to Craig's List. Parishioners post items for sale, with a percentage of the final sale price going to the church. I emailed numerous parishioners 7 years ago with descriptions of 2 BMWs we had to sell before moving to California, receiv... more
by Lizzy Hanson
 
Like this idea Lizzy. It does require a web enabled platform and congregation, but is something w... more
by Tom Byrne
2
 
Who would access to this - open to community or just to members of SSEC? Re Tom Byrne's question ... more
by LInda Berry
 
Use an online silent auction platforms. This could be done with donations of all kinds (vacation ... more
by Sue Ahlstrom
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Tom Byrne
Jeopardy sort of game show
by Peggy Thomas
Contestants volunteer from community. Schools get involved. Different age groups. Run for a numbe... more
 
Sounds sort of like the RVNA spelling bee. Good idea, but the notion of having it benefit a reli... more
by Linda Berry
 
Peggy mentioned this to me as well, specifically mentioning a spelling bee as an option. I wonde... more
by Jack Herr
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1
Linda Berry
Organ Concerts
by Angela Liptack
 
This is way off the Nutmeg model, but we have a fabulous organ. Could we have organ concerts 2-3 ... more
 
Idea of concert series is in new minister of music job description and has been mentioned during ... more
by Linda Berry
1
 
Several folks mentioned to me that a subscription concert series, organ, choral, other musical fo... more
by Jack Herr
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1
Sue A.
Ridgefield ‘Idol’ or ‘Voice’ or ‘Dance’
by Peggy Thomas
Provide a showcase for all the amateur ‘wannabees’ In town to perform, compete and be judged. Per... more
 
Peggy mentioned this idea to me during the Vestry idea gathering session, particularly the idea o... more
by Jack Herr
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Tom Byrne
A (purposeful) Gala Event, for parishioners and their guests
 
Good combination of fundraising and fellowship.
by Jonathan Taylor
 
Gala's often have a high price tag for entry. Could leave out broader community involvement or ou... more
by Erika Hagan
2
 
Do a live auction, as well
by Lori Seibert
 
This town is getting loaded with galas. They cost a lot of money to do, can take months to plan ... more
by Linda Berry
 
Galas are a lot of work and there are already too many in town.
1
 
Let's not have a gala but rather a low-fee or no-fee party with dinner, maybe dancing, maybe some... more
by Jack Herr
 
This wouldn’t draw people from outside the church - and would put the funding back onto parishion... more
by Tom & Jeannine Carr
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1
Jonathan Taylor
special fundraising breakfasts/dinners
 
We could feature particular organizations that we support financially
by Whitney Altopp
 
we know how to cook for and serve 100 people
by Whitney Altopp
 
We could adjust our community guest list based on the featured organization
by Whitney Altopp
 
There might end up being a lot of these
by Whitney Altopp
1
 
Showcasing the nonprofit or cause is key to successfully engaging donors/fundraising these days.
by Sue Ahlstrom
 
This would be more work as too many events would be needed to raise $40K
by Tom & Jeannine Carr
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0
Town-wide Treasure Hunt.
by Peggy Thomas
Themed. Clues. Grand prize. Smart-phone implemented?? Real-time??? Many ways this could be implem... more
 
Getting the various permissions for this could be very problematic. Mentioned to me earlier as w... more
by Jack Herr
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Angela Liptack
Nutmeg the 1st Weekend in June
by Linda Berry
 
Geoffrey Morris added idea (scroll all way down) to have Nutmeg on Memorial Weekend. My only prob... more
 
People are in town as evidenced by the huge crowd at Mem Parade on Monday. Take notice this year,... more
by Geoffrey Morris
1
 
Weekends after Memorial Day weekend are full of baseball games and dance recitals and graduations... more
by Tom & Jeannine Carr
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0
Silent Auction - as part of an event, or multiple events, or conducted separately in some way.
 
Allows for participation by people who can't be there in person.
by Jonathan Taylor
 
See my idea under "gala," where we have a silent auction as part of an open-community event.
by Jack Herr
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Magic show fundraiser at Ridgefield Playhouse followed up by buffet dinner and close-up magic, preferably in someone's very large home, for up to 30 premium ticktholders.
by Linda Berry
We might get someone like Ben Nemzer, who has performed for several years at Nutmeg. Playhouse c... more
 
Potential exists for very large audience, especially if we can piggy back on Playhouse extensive ... more
by Linda Berry
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Town wide marathon. Half marathon? Series of marathon with grand winner. Kids marathon by age group
by Peggy Thomas
Perhaps two or three a year. Encourage town-wide participation by offering running prep and train... more
 
Also mentioned to me personally. Would again require some sort of community-wide partnership. H... more
by Jack Herr
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0
A Golf Outing, regardless of handicap!
 
Great fun for golfers (and their fans), but might be better as part of a more broad-appeal event.
by Jonathan Taylor
1
 
Full Disclosure: I love golf. This would be an expensive event. Price of round would have to be... more
by Jack Herr
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0
St Stephen's has created a Nutmeg BRAND that really can't be duplicated. It would be very difficult to raise the net funds provided by Nutmeg. You might have to seek additional volunteers form the community or trade support with other churches. Experience has shown that obtaining $40k from a sin... more
by Joel Third
0
Shred Day
by William Murrell
Bring your sensitive documents to be safely shredded by xxxxx. It would be a great opportunity f... more
0
I feel that we have created a Nutmeg brand and thit should be mainainined. The inco.i
0
RSO/SSEC Outreqach fundraiser performance of Camille Saint Saen's Organ Symphony at the church.
by Linda Berry
It just might be possible to fit the RSO into our space and have a concert that not only shows of... more
0
Have gatherings in a few homes to brainstorm ideas. Maybe assign one or two ideas per gathering.
by Linda Berry
Group the ideas and assign one group per gathering, preferably with the originators of the ideas ... more
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Gold, silver & old jewelry event
by Jeannine Carr
Bring in outside person who buys gold, silver and old jewelry (not costume). The seller gets mo... more
0
Several Alpha folks (Peggy Thomas and I particularly) think that we should have the 10am coffee hour be open to the community, with a banner inviting in. Not a fund raiser per se but indirectly for growth.
by Jack Herr
0
Have a fundraising meeting
by Sue A.
Too many ideas to add to this format. Would like an in-person option.
0
Box dinner/auction cleared $22K in 1985 at our small church. But bring back Nutmeg asap. Don’t wait until now to realize chairpersons are needed. We’re bleeding parishioners and morale is low amongst many still with us.
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Box dinner and auction. In 1986, our small church
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Keep Nutmeg in August. Hire a professional event planner to spearhead event and manage volunteer force. 100 hours over next two months @ est 32.5/hr = 3,250. Ask for donations to offset cost (I'll help). Mission + Operating funds gained via Nutmeg dwarf that cost
 
Weather is always a risk. We would need to be sure we have contingency plans.
by Jonathan Taylor
 
A professional certainly might have some new ideas worth considering but we also have a lot of in... more
by Dave DiCamillo
 
Nutmeg has important historical and community value to St Stephens. Keep Nutmeg this year, but sc... more
by Sue Ahlstrom
2
 
An event planner could help us both re-envision Nutmeg and manage the planning and execution, whi... more
by Sue Ahlstrom
 
This would work only if we vest decisions with the planner and we all volunteer to do the actual ... more
by Jack Herr
1
 
Agree with Jack. The issue is not the Festival Chair or overall planning, but booth chairs and g... more
by Kurt & Barbara Liddi
 
Nutmeg in August is frequently faced with summer vacation conflicts for volunteers. Late May or ... more
by Kurt & Barbara Liddi
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Comments

Dave DiCamillo

I submitted a separate Email comment a week ago about my personal fund-raising experiences. I think a big consideration is how much money we want to raise annually. Each alternative event has a "typical" net income level. If an alternative event raises less than the Nutmeg Festival than we would need multiple events to match it's income. If one objective here is to reduce the work load, it seems like multiple lower income events would instead increase the workload.

Thu, May 9, 2019

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