Monday, October 31, 2011

Announcing a new fundraiser: American Girl Doll Raffle!

UPDATE: This raffle is now closed and the winners have been announced here.  Thanks for participating!

First off, I feel like a total jerk that I haven't mentioned this before, but our t-shirts were designed by the guys over at Factory 43.  They have some other awesome tees and prints for sale there so check them out!

So as I mentioned last Thursday, Eric and I have been brainstorming several ideas of how to reach our next fundraising goal.  We decided we needed one more fun idea to hopefully bring in the last $2000 we need for our dossier fee (which we hope to turn in by the end of the year).  

So I set about researching ideas and I found a link to this post from Julie Gumm's blog.  I originally read about the idea in Julie's book, Adopt Without Debt.  It had stood out to me when I first read it, because as a first grade teacher, I overhear a LOT of talk about American Girl Dolls.  I, myself still have my beloved Kirsten doll from when I was little.  I plan on passing her on to Lila some day.  And I'll admit that I've had a daydream or two about giving an Addy doll to my Ethiopian daughter (no, we don't know if we'll be adopting a boy or a girl yet - I just have a daughter so it's easier to daydream about what I know).  

Anyway, that's the backstory to our latest fundraiser.  Here are the details (totally stole much of this from that post I mentioned since they did such a great job of explaining it):

  • We will be giving away one* American Girl Doll of YOUR CHOICE to one* lucky winner! *If we sell more than 150 virtual tickets, we'll add a 2nd doll so there will be TWO lucky winners! 
  • The giveaway is open for the month of November (November 1st - November 30th).  The winner(s) will be announced Thursday December 1st - perfect timing for a Christmas gift for your favorite little girl in your life.
Here's how it works:
  • Purchase a virtual raffle ticket by clicking on the PayPal button on the right that says "American Girl Raffle."  Important: Please indicate your contact information in the notes section so we can find you when you win.
  • Each donation of $10 buys you 1 virtual raffle ticket.  A donation of $25 buys you 3 virtual raffle tickets.
  • Once your donation posts via PayPal, you will receive an email with your virtual raffle ticket number.  It will look like this: 
  • The winner will be selected using and announced here on this blog.
  • If you are the lucky winner, I will contact you via email to find out which doll you would like.  I will order and ship her to you through the American Girl online store (dolls can only be shipped within the 50 states - see their shipping policies here).
**We reserve the right to refund your donation and cancel the giveaway if we do not sell at least enough entries to cover the cost of the doll.**
UPDATE: It's on! We have enough entries to cover the cost of the doll!  Every subsequent entry will go directly into our adoption fund!  Thank you and keep 'em coming!

We are so excited about this giveaway!  Well, I'm excited.  Eric doesn't quite get what all the fuss is about.  He was all, "$100 for a doll?" and I was all, "Yeah! Cuz they're awesome."  But he has a point.  $100 is pricey...BUT $10 or $25 is a steal of a deal!  Plus, of course, you're helping us MAKE WAY for our Ethiopian Small One.  And for that, we are so grateful!

P.S. You can see all of your doll options here.

P.P.S. Please blog, email, link, tweet, facebook this giveaway!  Help us spread the word! We appreciate it!


Katy said...

I put this on my facebook. Hopefully you will get the money you need.

Jessica Blake said...

i've got the golden tick-et! I've got the golden tick-et!

Molly said...

1. I will go promote this right now.
2. I am in love with Lila's dog shirt, pictured most recently in Eric's last post.
3. I like your family a whole lot.

Beth said...

We are adopting from Taiwan and I was looking for info on how to do an AG doll raffle and how to explain it. This is perfect!