Change comes again at the Derby Community Foundation’s annual fundraising event. As DCF Executive Director Theresa Hearn put it, Uncorked is no longer such that the event has “expired” in this iteration.
After the 2021 event went online due to the pandemic, this year organizers are playing it safe and using the break to explore future formatting options for the gala. In the meantime, the DCF will host another virtual edition called “Under Construction” on February 26th at 7pm.
“To give us time to figure out what the event is going to be and because winter is still out there with the virus and we don’t know what would happen in winter … gala would be different,” Hearn said. “That is why the whole topic came about under construction.”
With a view to a personal return in 2023, another virtual raffle will take place – although Hearn noted that it will be a little different this year.
Last year, the purchase of a ticket earned donors participation in a raffle for one of four very similar prize packages. This year, the packages have a clear motto and donors can choose which raffle their ticket will take part in.
Topics of the price packages in 2022 include “Pamper yourself”, “Around Town”, “Event in a Box”, “Family Fun” and “Scenic Flight and Bite”. Items included in the packages range from Shockers basketball tickets to a Round Barn Ranch gift certificate and much more.
While the virtual fundraiser was recorded and then put online in 2021, the Derby Recreation Commission has offered its technology sponsor services and will help broadcast the event live in 2022. The livestream will take place at The Cove (at the Hubbard Arts Center). on February 26th, so production has “all the bells and whistles” this year.
“We learned a lot last year when we hosted our very first virtual event, along with probably every other nonprofit in the world,” said Hearn. “You are [DRC] will help us add a little extra technology to the event. “
Event sponsorship will look a little different in 2022. While the DCF had no problem generating support, Hearn noted that the organization had heard of other ways to get involved – like Jean Garinger, who sponsors one of the prize packages, or the Rock Regional Hospital, which is the main sponsor of the raffle .
Hearn pointed out that the “Fund the Future” campaign in 2022 will also return in a different format. The live auction-style fundraiser that was part of the gala will be streamed virtually as part of the live stream, with individuals being able to donate via SMS or via the foundation’s website.
DCF is also increasing the contingent of the raffle this year – from 300 to 400 – in the hope that the changes will continue to arouse interest.
While the virtual events were well received, Hearn noted that the plan – at this point – is to return to a personal gala fundraiser in 2023 on the 26 livestream.
Although most of the DCF’s fundraising drives take place outside of the gala, Hearn admitted that Uncorked has always helped raise awareness about the organization. That’s part of an effort to bring the live event back (possibly scaled down), but she noted that some of the virtual elements are likely to live on beyond this year.
“I can’t tell you how many people have said, ‘I’d rather buy a ticket than come to something, and I hope you keep it up.’ So we’re going to marry the two things in 2023, ”said Hearn. “Our audience is the entire community, so we try to make everyone happy.”
In 2021, Hearn raised $ 16,000 and admitted that it wasn’t as much as the previous Uncorked, but it allowed the organization to continue a trend that could continue at future events.
Knowing that the companies that normally donate prizes have been hit hard by the pandemic, the DCF used some of its own funds to buy raffle prizes in 2021 and this year. While other companies were able to add to the prize packages this year, the foundation’s thanks for the commitment remained. Hearn hopes others will consider sharing that goodwill by participating in this year’s fundraiser.
“There are so many ways that the Community Foundation has influenced Derby, and this is one small way that someone in the community – a member who benefits from the Community Foundation – can contribute and help us keep that work going,” said Hearn.
The raffle tickets for the annual fundraising campaign “Under Construction” cost US $ 30 each and can be purchased from the DCF board members or online at derbycf.org. The registration deadline for tickets is February 25th.
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