Most of us have donated money at some point in our lives. It feels pretty good knowing you’ve helped someone out, but the exchange of cash isn’t really that memorable or sentimental unless you have a particular attachment to Ben Franklin. For the rest of us, an emotional connection to these transactions comes from the fun events nonprofits put on to help raise funds. Nowadays, you can do everything from pudding wrestling to run a marathon to cuss out your caddie on the golf course for a good cause.
The Dental Foundation of Oregon and BnK Construction wanted to get gamblers in on the game, so they put together a poker tournament. To show their appreciation for their many generous sponsors, they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for signs and graphics for charity poker events in Oregon.
What’s the BnK/DFO Charity Poker Tournament?
The BnK/DFO Charity Poker Tournament isn’t one of those rough-and-tumble card tournaments that Kenny Rogers would write about. Instead, it’s a friendly Texas hold’em poker tournament put on to raise funds for the Dental Foundation of Oregon (DFO). Their mission is to improve the oral health of Oregon’s children through programs like the Tooth Taxi, which brings direct care and oral health education to underserved children using a free mobile dental clinic. The event attracts many sponsors with our friends at BnK Construction chief among them.
When an organization that does so much to help the smiles and overall wellbeing of children came to us for signs and graphics for charity poker events in Oregon, we went all in! BnK Construction was already well aware that our mighty sign makers knew their stuff. We’d produced trade show displays for them a couple years go. We did such a great job that they came back to us for their latest project. We didn’t disappoint!
We Played Our Cards Right
Our first step in the sign making process is to meet with the client and get a good idea of what they have in mind for their project. After all, unlike the best poker players, we aren't mind readers. They had a whole host of sponsors: table sponsors, a beer sponsor, in-kind sponsors, sponsor cocktail, coconut sponsor, sponsor gumbo, and so on. They needed a way to show their appreciation. We recommended sign panels, and once the client approved of the art proofs, we got to work fabricating them.
Since this was only a one-night event, we mainly used inexpensive materials to save the client money, such as coroplast sign panels. We applied the names of sponsors and their logos using digitally printed vinyl or by printing directly onto the coroplast sign substrate. We then finished the table sponsor panels with grommets to make them easy to hang. Other signs relied on easels. In the end, DFO and BnK were thrilled with the job we did, and the event was a great success! We’re not even bluffing!
Part of securing sponsors is showing your appreciation for their generosity and giving them some value for their donation. This is possible by making their logos and branding prevalent at your events. SGS will help with this. Make your next fundraiser a success by contacting our mighty sign makers today for a free consultation!