Pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, and bake sales have long been fundraising staples for churches, schools, and community groups. If you are thinking about holding such an event, contact a caterer to find out how you can create an engaging and exciting event year after year.
Hosting a fundraising dinner is hard work. Generally, the volunteers who organize the dinner can quickly get bogged down in the many details of serving more than 100 people. From picking a starter salad to picking up after the dinner, the volunteer hosts often come to regret their decision to pitch in and help. A professional catering company can usually help create a successful dinner on any sized budget.
The guests need to enjoy the food and the atmosphere in order to make a fundraising dinner a successful annual event. By hiring a catering company, you will likely get a higher return on your initial investment. Yes, you can host a cheap dinner for $10 per person. However, by working with a caterer to help you plan the event, you might be able to charge up to $50 per person and more than double the amount you raise.
There is nothing wrong with starting small. Sometimes the best way to start an annual event is with a lunchtime gathering or cocktail party. Successfully raising money through an annual dinner takes time. However, with careful planning and a good caterer to help you with the details, you can achieve a sustainable stream of revenue for your organization.