Community Radio with a Cause
WTGP 99.9FM LPFM Community Radio
Owned & Operated by the Good News Radio Network
Community radio is a service offering a third model of radio broadcasting in addition to commercial and public broadcasting. Community stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest. They broadcast content that is popular and relevant to a local, specific audience but is often overlooked by commercial or mass-media broadcasters. Community radio stations are operated, owned, and influenced by the communities they serve. They are generally nonprofit and provide a mechanism for enabling individuals, groups, and communities to tell their own stories, to share experiences and, in a media-rich world, to become creators and contributors of media.
Low Power FM (LPFM) is a form of FM Broadcasting that uses a low amount of energy to broadcast a signal that does not travel very far. FM, or frequency modulation radio is often transmitted on a higher frequency than AM radio. Because of the low power usage and short range, LPFM is often seen as a niche radio station that plays things that relate more to the small surrounding community.
WTGP’s mission is to educate and empower our listeners through radio programs that will ‘influence the hearts and minds’ of the community.
WTGP 99.9FM is a community, volunteer powered and listener supported station-providing the community with views on public affairs, news for small business entrepreneurs and youth programming.
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Competitions include the Longest Putt, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin for A-B-C categories. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with shotgun exactly at 8 a.m.
Golf Fundraising Ideas: Before the Event
Reach out to the community for event sponsorships. What a great way to start out on the right financial footing. By hosting a large charity golf tournament that draws in businesses and influential community members, selling cash and in-kind sponsorship packages should be easy. Sponsorship benefits may be outlined and packages sold directly on your golf tournament website.
One golf fundraising idea is to host a golf marathon or "golf-a-thon" - a rather new initiative in fundraising golf tournaments that engages players in recruiting sponsorships and donations. Golf marathons allow organizations to increase fundraising dollars raised by having tournament participants commit to raising a certain amount of money through pledge donations. Ask your golfers to contact friends, colleagues, and family members to solicit donations for their participation in your golf tournament. Each golfer can easily raise $250 or $500 by tapping into their friends and family. Often, the golfer is not charged to play in your fundraising golf tournament if they meet your minimum pledge standards.
Sell Golf Merchandise
If your organization created apparel for the tournament with collared golf shirts, hats, visors, golf balls, etc. (with sponsor logos), this is a great time to sell them! If you are using golf tournament software, you can sell your fundraising merchandise directly from your tournament website! If you don't have your own items to sell, see if the course gift shop can set up special pricing for tournament attendees and give a percentage of sales back to your cause. If you are sending customers into their gift shop and encouraging sales, they will likely be interested in giving you a kick-back.
Golf Fundraising Ideas:
On the Course Fundraising Raffle
One way to make great use of your prizes is to host a Fundraising Raffle. Reach out to the local community months before the actual tournament to get a variety of prizes donated. Showcase the items before the tournament starts so people can see the items they could win and sell the raffle tickets before they hit the course. Have raffle ticket sales also available at the awards ceremony following the tournament.
Cash-Bar Golf Cart
A great way to raise additional dollars is by hitting up golfers while they are on the course. The best way to do this is with a fully-stocked cash-bar cart! Load up the back of a golf cart with snacks, ice and cold drinks, then drive the course and sell your golfers what they want. Cold beer and sodas are the best sellers, but don't forget to include snack foods like pretzels and chips. You may also want to add items like small bottles of sunscreen or hats and visors in case people forgot the essentials. And, don't forget to send extra raffle tickets, just in case someone is in the buying mood after a great drive.
Golf Tournament Contests
You can also raise more money on the course through hosting golf tournament contests at different holes throughout the day. Some examples include: closest to the pin, beat the pro, longest drive, etc. These contests can really create a fun and exciting atmosphere for golfers and create a "buzz" during the day of the event as well as bringing in some bonus dollars.
Golf Fundraising Ideas: After the Tournament
Golf Charity Auction
One great way to raise additional funds is to host a golf charity auction as part of your charity golf tournament. Since your golf tournament event is bound to attract a number of attendees, a golf charity auction is great way to earn additional funds, while providing an opportunity for guests to bid on valuable one-of-a-kind items. You can even include large ticket items (such as vacation packages) at no risk to your organization with No Risk Auction Items.
With your tournament website include an online auction component. Here people can view items, place bids or select "buy now" pricing. This gives people who cannot attend the physical golf tournament an opportunity to contribute to your cause. If you do choose to host a golf silent auction on-site at the tournament, you can print bid sheets up from where your online auction left off and give tournament attendees the final opportunity to bid on items before you announce the winners. A golf charity auction is a very common golf fundraising idea (because it works!) and great add-on to your post-tournament party.
Golf Tournament Dinner & Banquet
Since golf outings usually attract a large number of people from your community, this is a fantastic time to host a dinner or banquet in conjunction with the tournament. For people not interested in the game of golf itself, the banquet provides another opportunity to raise additional dollars. Sell separate tickets for this event and provide: entertainment, excellent food, silent auction and an awards ceremony. For the golfers, a banquet is a perfect time to wind down from the long day of playing golf. People are hungry, thirsty and happy. They will enjoy the time to share the experiences of the day with friends and other co-workers, while finding out results of contests and raffle prizes. This is also a great time to make any announcements about what your organization's goals helping you spread awareness for your cause. Be sure to thank golfers, volunteers and sponsors and highlight specific community members who made a difference.