Archive | February, 2011

Running circles around Cancer

17 Feb
“You can raise some really good money without trying to sell yourself and the product.” 

For the last six years, Janet Robin has been raising money for the American Cancer society.Ever since I lost both my parents to cancer, I have been raising money to put an end to this deadly disease.

She’s seen great success with Popcorn Palace fundraisers, “It is my best and easiest fundraiser, ” she says. “The popcorn is out of this world and the people cannot wait until my next order goes out.

She had looked at a variety of fundraising options but knew that she’d found the answer when she came across our website. “A lot of people where I work are always selling candy bars and I wanted something different.” And differentiating herself paid of, “You can raise some really good money without trying to sell yourself and the product,” says Robin. “The flyers were very appetizing and people just came over to my desk to order.

Raising funds to beat cancer is a family affair as Robin’s mother-in-law and sister-in-law also use Popcorn Palace to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Click here to learn more about the American Cancer Society

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.

Individual effort

4 Feb

Without the help of my favorite fundraising program, I don’t think I will be successful.

Pratin Kraisornkovit of Monrovia, CA is, by his own admission, “not part of a school, club, sport team, church, booster club, 4-H club, PTA or PTO. But even so, Pratin is a dedicated fundraiser.

Pratin approached Popcorn Palace about our fundraising program in September of 2010 after 25 of the schools, churches and charities he’d donated to wrote letters, asking for additional help. “My goal is to raise money for these organizations around Christmas 2010,” wrote Pratin. “Without the help of my favorite fundraising program, I don’t think I will be successful.

Well, Christmas has come and gone and we are pleased to report that with our popcorn and Pratin’s dedication, 17 organizations received checks for Christmas, including: Boy’s Town, AARP, Smile Train, The American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association and more.

This just goes to show that you don’t have to be part of a big organization to make a difference. Thank you Pratin for your hard work!