We arrived early, went to the check-in/ registration table, and picked up our nametags. As usual, my name was misspelled (MVO). I let it slide. I thought it might be fun listening to people mispronounce my name all night.I noticed right away that there was a raffle with prizes. The prizes were: a winery tour (!), a pearl and diamond necklace (!!), an iPad, a two night hotel stay at the Hyatt (where the event was being held), a day at a local spa, and many others. You were allowed to buy as many tickets as you liked, but the tickets cost $50 each. I thought about buying half a ticket and doing a time share with someone if I found out I won the necklace (“You can have the necklace on days with no letter ‘R’ in them”).
I started thinking about how much those prizes must have cost for the businesses to donate them. The program for the evening proclaimed the prizes to have a combined total value of $25,000. There were approximately 200 of us at the event, at a price of $200 per ticket. I am guessing that the dinner itself (a pasta buffet) actually cost around $100/ each, which leaves the school to profit at $100 per person, or $20,000 overall. The lady in charge of the raffles told me they were hoping to raise at least $5000 in ticket sales.I tapped The Husband on the elbow (he is tall, so his shoulder is pretty much out of tapping range for me). “Sweetie! If the prizes are worth $25,000, why don’t local businesses who gave the prizes just give money, use it as a tax donation, and I can stay home and not spend a penny!”
MOV’s great plan
Before (the old way of doing things):
New Improved Way: