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Spot the popcorn 2 – Contest 1

18 Jul

In order to win, your comment must be the first one posted, include the location of the popcorn (in the picture) and your email address.

For more full details of the July Spot the Popcorn Contest, click here.

Good luck, and may the fastest commentator win!

Celebrate your POP!

17 Jun

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Happy Father’s Day

This Sunday we celebrate those who held the hand of those that brought us into the world. This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day!


And while Mother’s Day has a long and storied history, Father’s day was simply introduced to compete with complement Mother’s Day. The first recorded Father’s Day was celebrated on July 5, 1908 in West Virginia and was actually done in remembrance  of the more than 200 fathers who were killed in a local mining disaster.

The holiday enjoyed mixed exposure as congress repeatedly shut down attempts by President Coolage and Senator Margaret Chase Smith to make the day a national holiday until President Nixon signed it into law in 1972.   

Today, the holiday is celebrated around the world, mostly on the third Sunday of May, and we at Popcorn Palace would like to wish all the Dad’s out there a Happy Father’s Day!

Fundraising 101: Reducing Fundraising Fatigue

3 Jun

Though organizing a fundraiser is a large undertaking, it should also be an enjoyable experience! To reduce the stress and fatigue often associated with running a fundraiser, just keep a few simple strategies in mind before beginning your fundraiser and the rest will be smooth sailing!

First, start researching programs at least 1 month before you want to begin running your fundraiser. Check to make sure that your fundraiser doesn’t overlap with any fundraisers that may be running, especially if you plan on selling the same product. You don’t want to bombard your target audience with too many fundraisers at once, particularly because it can become expensive, so scheduling becomes important.

Also, have a set beginning and end date for your fundraiser so that your participants know when they need to turn in their orders, money, or any other information. To make the most of your fundraiser without exhausting everyone involved, try running for fundraiser for about 2 to 3 weeks. During this time, contact local businesses for donations or support, as they could be great sponsors. Just be sure to give them enough time!
Next, try to space out the fundraisers you’re involved with or that you organize. Trying to juggle too many fundraisers at once or trying to run one right after another is a guaranteed way to exhaust yourself, your participants and your customers. Quality over quantity is important in fundraising, and if you’re using the right product that will appeal to your audience, you can be successful without going overboard.
Finally, before beginning the fundraiser, determine how many volunteers you will need to assist you throughout the fundraiser and who will be helping. While family, friends and fellow parents are always a great place to start, you may find that you need more recruits or assistants with specific skills or knowledge. First, consider which jobs you need help with, such tallying orders, keeping track of money, delivering or sorting purchases, supervising participants, etc. Give people jobs based upon their interests and abilities. If you’re short on helpers or are looking to explore options, there are some simple resources that you could try, such as:

• Local high schools – students often need community service hours for programs, such as the National Honors Society

• Local newspapers – advertising locally is a great way to get the community involved

• Facebook and Twitter – posting an inquiry on your personal page may be a call to action for your acquaintances

• Organizations such as the Boy Scouts – many need to perform a service project in order to move to the next level

• Website resources – volunteermatch.org or boardnet.usa are just a few examples of websites that pair volunteers with causes

Marching Towards the Olympics

3 Jun

With credos such as “Leadership through Musicianship” and “A Role Model of Excellence”, the Rich South High School Band has set high standards of excellence for themselves. With focused determination, diligence and hard work, they live by these principals and embody their “We are The STARS” motto.

The Rich South Band, located in Richton Park, IL, is under the leadership of “Golden Apple Award Nominee” Mr. Y.L. Douglas, Jr. The program consists of a Marching Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band and Color Guard, which are all award winning ensembles.

For three of the last four years, Rich South has earned the distinction of “Best Band” in the Bud Billiken Parade, which is viewed by over 60 million people nationwide. In addition, the band has been featured on the ABC7 News segment, “Someone You Should Know” and in 2009 was even invited to participate in the Presidential Inaugural Heritage Festival. Just recently, the Rich South Band performed at the welcome ceremony for the president of China during his short stay in Chicago. With so many accomplishments to their name, the Rich South Band is a force to be reckoned with and their reputation has traveled far and wide.

So far, that the entertainment committee for the 2012 Olympic games in London, England, has invited the band to perform during the international games. They are scheduled to perform on three different days throughout the Olympic festivities.

Of the prestigious invitation, the band’s director, Yolandus Douglas said, “This is great, to be invited once is great, but to be invited twice, I’m so excited for the kids.”
With a total of 109 students in the band, 65 are expected to travel to London next summer. Though the goal is to include the entire band, funding the expensive trip makes that difficult. To raise the necessary funds to make this happen, the Rich South Band is currently on a nine month fundraising plan, which includes a popcorn fundraiser with Popcorn Palace. Having just completed their first fundraiser with Popcorn Palace, the band is working diligently to raise the funds they need. The trip is estimated to cost around $4,500 per student, so every donation or sponsorship helps the students achieve this once in a life time dream.

The band has plans to represent each sponsor on their uniforms during their performances and they welcome any support from businesses, churches, groups or individuals willing to donate.
If you would like to make a donation or sponsor a student, please visit the Rich South Band site at: http://www.richsouthband.org/donations/

These young adults, along with their band director, have proven that they truly are STARS, and we look forward to cheering them on during the 2012 Olympic Games!

Popcorn in one thousand words (not really)

26 Apr
We occasionally post testimonial stories on our blog, but this time we thought we’d let the pictures do the talking – as they say, a picture is worth one thousand words! Check out some of our best fan-submitted popcorn appreciation pics below.  




Share your own pop picks on our Facebook page!

Fundraising 101: Setting Financial Goals

1 Apr

Before any financial goals can be set, your organization must first decide why you want to fundraise in order to establish a clear overall objective. In order to answer this broad question, consider these more specific questions:

1. Why does your group want to raise money?
Establish the motivation behind your fundraising efforts so everyone is on the same page.

2. What are your plans for the money your hope to raise?
Whether the profits will go towards uniforms, classroom equipment, a trip or a college fund, it is important to understand how the funds will be allocated to help set a goal.

Clearly stated financial goals
will give the fundraising program
a benchmark for success

3. How much money do you need to earn to meet your goal from question #2?
Now it’s time to set an achievable and measurable goal for your organization. If you are raising money to purchase equipment, it’s always a good idea to research the cost involved, including any
maintenance or repairs that may be necessary down the road. Be realistic and refer to your research to establish how much money you really need.

4. How much time will you need to accomplish your goal?
Most fundraisers will typically run for 2-3 weeks, but the choice is entirely up to your organization. Try to avoid running a fundraiser for too long, as enthusiasm may start to dwindle.

Having this discussion will give everyone in your organization a chance to contribute their input and make sure everyone is working towards one goal.

Fundraising for her Granddaughter

1 Apr

Whitney Williams has a great attitude and is always ready to offer up a smile. She bravely and gracefully lives her life despite the many difficulties she faces.

Since birth, Whitney has been affected by the condition cerebral palsy, which is a common congenital disorder that affects about 500,000 children and adults of all ages throughout the United States. Cerebral palsy involves the brain and nervous system, affecting muscle tone, movement and motor skills. While there is no cure, the utilization of stem cell transplants is often used to try and combat this condition.

Hoping to provide her granddaughter with every opportunity, Carolyn Brasher was able to raise the funds for a first stem cell transplant, which she says has helped Whitney tremendously. Showing great improvement, Whitney is now able to play cards, which is one of her favorite past-times.

Carolyn is trying to raise money for a second transplant, which could continue to improve Whitney’s ability to use certain functions and her overall quality of life. Carolyn shared that she has raised almost $1600 so far with Popcorn Palace’s fundraising program!

“I just wanted to give Popcorn Palace a big thank you for helping us get the fundraiser for my granddaughter off the ground and started. Thanks so much for your help and advice.”

If you would like to make a donation to help Carolyn raise the funds needed for Whitney’s transplant, please send any gifts to:

FBO for Whitney Williams
Happy State Bank
PO Box 7865
Amarillo, TX 79109

Popcorn Palace would like to wish Carolyn and Whitney all the best in the future!

Share Your Story and We’ll Share Our Popcorn

21 Mar

Hundreds of people have achieved incredible fundraising success by selling Popcorn Palace popcorn. 


Through our blog we share some of these inspirational fundraising success stories. In the past, we’ve highlighted people who’ve sold our popcorn to raise funds for missionary trips, pug rescue, sports equipment, cancer research and much, much more. 

You’ve read their stories, now we want to read yours! Submit your best Popcorn Palace fundraising stories, photos and/or videos through our facebook wall or email and we will reward the top 10 entries with a blog post and a bag of free popcorn of their choice.  Don’t wait, The contest expires on Friday, April, 15.

The Popcorn Palace fundraising program requires no investment and fundraisers keep 50% of the profits for the cause of their choice. For more information, click here.

Rules and Regulations
  • No purchase necessary to enter
  • Entries must be submitted by Friday, April, 15, 2011.
  • Prizes will be awarded to ten entrants selected by Popcorn Palace.
  • Only residents of the U.S.A. are eligible.
  • We will contact the winners via Facebook message or tweet.
  • Winners are responsible for responding with their postal addresses, email addresses and phone numbers (for our shipper).
  • Postal addresses must be submitted within two weeks (fourteen days) of notification.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Popcorn Palace and not to Facebook or Twitter.
  • Judges decision is final.

The Muppets do "Popcorn"

7 Mar

We’re posting this for no other reason than that we love both popcorn and the Muppets.


Enjoy!

From Your Valentine

9 Feb

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On the 14th of February every year, we give those we love or like a lot gifts (like popcorn and flowers) to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 

The origin of the celebration is a little contentious, but the most common story is that of Saint Valentine, a priest who lived during the rule of Emperor  Claudius – or Claudius the Cruel as he has come to be known. During this conflict-filled time, marriage had been banned so that Claudius could fill his army with single, unwed men. Enter Saint Valentine. He, along with Saint Marius, decided that this wasn’t a fair practice and, in a direct act of rebellion, started to marry in-love Christians. As a result of his disobedience, Claudius had Valentine executed on February the fourteenth. Just before his death, Valentine is said to have written a note to the jailer’s daughter, with whom he’d become close, and signed off with, “From Your Valentine.”

Years later, in the Middle Ages, young people in Britain would celebrate the death of the martyr by putting their names into a bowl and drawing out the name of their valentine. This tradition too, had its origins in Rome:
“On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl’s name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.”

So while you might not be pulling your love’s name out of a jar, your love is sure to like pulling some popcorn out of a tin. Check out our selection of love-filled popcorn Valentine’s gifts and hopefully, if you’re lucky, your Valentine will share! 

And if you want to win some popcorn of your very own, enter our Valentine’s contest.
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