Due to my recent involvement with Leadership Washington County (LWC), I’ve also had the pleasure of working to raise money for a program called Blessings in a Backpack. Blessings provides food on the weekend to children that are fed during the week by government programs. Without this support, many of them wouldn’t eat for the entire weekend. “Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, increased hospitalization, lower IQ, shorter attention spans, and lower academic achievement” according to the Blessings website.
This makes perfect sense, and while I’d rather figure out how to impact the true root causes of this problem, the kids that benefit from the program are in their circumstances now. So a small group of us from LWC were put together in a team to raise money for the local Blessings program.
Our initial brainstorming session had a common theme: alcohol. Eventually we landed on a handful of options, and once we visited Mingo Creek Distillery we thought we had a good location for an upscale event. As we continue the planning, there’s some concern we’re dreaming too big for our upcoming February event.
The distillery is a small venue, but their spirits are relatively high end. Their Rye is $47 a bottle; their Bourbon is around $55. Our event is planned to coincide with the release of their next batch of Bourbon. There will be 4 or 5 tables in different rooms of the distillery which pair upscale food with craft cocktails. There’s about $20 of drinks in each ticket, and tickets will be limited to a max of 50. We’re calling it the “Winter Warmer.”
Our intended price is $150 per ticket, shooting for $100 to Blessings for each attendee. Essentially, every ticket would feed a child for the entire year of weekends. With bourbon and craft distilling being so hot, paired with an exclusive event and some great food, I don’t think the ticket price is too steep. We’d offer a $25 discount on a pair of tickets. Others think we’re severely overpriced.
I think the kind of people who buy $50 bottles and $14 cocktails would be willing to pay up for a release event that feeds children too. “A little less guilt for your guilty pleasure.” We’ll see how it pans out, but I will say the act of getting involved in supporting this program has been very personally rewarding.
Giving doesn’t always need to be monetary. In Romans 12: 5-8, Paul talks about all of us having various gifts. Too often people think of giving as a monetary thing. But often, giving of your time and talents in service to others is more personally fulfilling, and frankly might cause a greater financial impact in the end.
If you have some time off around the holidays, think about some ways to give of yourself rather than just of your money to help some other people. It might be the greatest gift you can give yourself, and them too.