This year, Mom painted Christmas and Spring cards, which we had printed by a local print shop. Each set of cards was sold in a bag with a sticker. All bags were donated by Mom. All stickers were donated and printed by my husband's law office. The only cost we have wrapped into the cards is the printing and envelope cost. Mom (with help from us, Debbie, her sisters, etc.) folds, sorts, and bags each set of cards, so we do not pay the print shop to do that. 70% of the cost of the cards is profit, which is put into the big pot to be divvied up in May. The remaining cost of the cards supports a locally-owned small business.
Our Italian Beef Night was held at The Gypsy two weeks ago. The Gypsy does not charge us anything to host our event. Chris Foust, Joe Hunt, and U.S.A. Signs donated the banner which was hung outside The Gypsy and advertised the event. We also advertise on Facebook and the Olney Daily Mail and 92.9 Community Calendar (all of which are free). Mom and her friend, Bob, were able to get every single thing needed to make the Italian Beef donated. This includes: beef, seasoning, buns, cheese, pepperoncini peppers, chips, napkins, plates, plastic silverware, and to-go containers.The Pita Place in Olney donated three bags of beef broth. We borrowed the roaster pans to cook the Italian Beef. Mom, Aunt Sarah, and I (but mostly Mom) cooked, shredded, seasoned, and stirred the meat over the course of 26 hours. Erin Michels and Debbie Weiler volunteered behind-the-scenes at The Gypsy, making sandwiches and prepping each plate. My sisters and I (in addition to my husband and Samantha's boyfriend, Chris Foust) tended bar and waitressed during the event. Every penny of our tips was donated. 100% of the cost of each order of Italian beef was profit. Every penny of the profits and our tips were put into the big pot to be divvied up in May.
|Amy, Leslie, Kate, Samantha, and I bartending and waitressing at our 2013 Italian Beef Night|
|Chris Foust and Mom at our 2013 Italian Beef Night|
Written/Posted by Jenn.