The Grape Stomp is the 1st Saturday of October in Murphy’s. Players and coaches will meet at 08:30 at the bandstand in Murphy’s Park. Free Grape Stomp t-shirts and lunch will be provided to each player that works a shift. There will be 3 work shifts and we need to provide at least 10 players for each shift but the more the have the better things will go. I am expecting the seniors to lead this activity and ensure that players sign up and that they attend. The tasks setting up for the competitions, weighing grapes, hosing out barrels, and cleanup when it is all done.
This is one of the most fun events we do. The Stompers are often in full costume, are in groups, and have a lot of fun. Our players have always enjoyed this as it's noisy, busy, and they get very messy. It's a good day.
We work with the local vendors from Copperopolis to Arnold to obtain discounts at their stores. We combine these discounts onto a plastic card with BH colors and design. We purchase 1,200 cards that are then sold by the players for $10. Each vendor is asked for a discount of $1.50-$4.00 per use so getting the purchase price back using the card would be reasonably quick.
Participating vendors receive a number of cards to use as they see fit – sell, distribute to employees, whatever the vendor wants to do with them.
The cards are sold in starting the first fall practice. Each player is asked/expected to sell 10 cards, but there they could sell more if they wanted. Players are rewarded for selling cards, there is a ‘money pull’ when the sales are done and the highest sellers get the pulls.
This is a variation of the Lift-/Jog-/Walk-A-Thon's that we have used in the past and are used by other teams. In this event the players enter the e-mail names and addresses of friends and family and the company that we are partnered with then sends emails to the names, just flat out asking for donations.
Using a 3rd party website, each player is asked to enter at least 20 email addresses (friends and family work best) and email addresses that will then use to send a custom email asking for a donation. If each player enters the 20 names then they will just need to donate $10 to meet/exceed our player goal of $180. The email will have a link to the Bullfrog donation page that has a message and video that presents our need for the donation. Donations will be collected and they will send us a check when the campaign closes.
The parade is held in Murphy's each March. This is a very easy little fundraiser that is intended more for generation of community goodwill rather than a big cash infusion. In this event our team leaders provide sanitation services (the 'Sanitation Station' in the parade guide) as they follow the horse units in the parade. Not very glamorous but it keeps the streets clean and the players get good publicity for the team. The players get there a bit early, 830 or so, and then the actual parade takes about 30 minutes. This is not a long day, it gets the players, in jerseys, in front of the public, and does a good public service.