Saturday, November 01, 2008

About That Tricky Tray.. I Just Want To Say_Chapter 12 (Closed)

Use This Post To "Speak Your Mind" About A Tricky Tray or Anything Related To A Tricky Tray. Tell us about the Grand Prize You Just Won or How You Haven't Won A Thing 10 Tricky Trays Straight. Just Click On The comment link below and start typing away. However..no personal attacks will be tolerated.

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Anonymous said...

OMG - I walked out of Eatontown with the keys to a brand new Honda. What a night! THEE best TT ever! I am still in shock!
Thank you! THank you! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Bishop Ahr in Edison rocks!
Wonderful tt last evening.
Special thanks to Sr. Donna & the committee for their Diamond Jubilee extravaganza. Our group had a great time! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Great job at the Radix Tricky Tray in Williamstown. Started on time and kept moving all night long -- 200 prizes in just over 2 hours. A brief intermission to buy "last call" tickets - but I think mainly to give the emcee a rest! The emcee was good and kept the crowd involved - throwing t-shirts like they do at sporting events. They even ran around at the end tossing door prizes to "anyone who didn't win yet"
Nice prizes - 37" TV, $500 Visa card, 1 week vacation to Myryle Beach and big 50/50 - over $1500!

Anonymous said...

Anyone make it to the Bishop Ahr TT? Wondering how it was since tickets were sold out b4 I was able to get any.

Anonymous said...

Anyone make it to the Amsterdam Elementary School Basket Auction? I could not get it because it was sold out.

How was it?

Anonymous said...

Anyone got some examples of good door prizes they have won?

Anonymous said...

The Alpine school did a great job on Friday. They had great prizes. Three levels. I hate when TTs have more than three levels. The first level included a Nintendo DS! All first level prizes were at least $100. Tickets were 5 sheets for $20. Good job. Other TT in Sussex County should be as good and fairly priced. Free refreshments and plenty of them. We'll be back to this one!

Anonymous said...

Mt. Olive Proj. Graduation - sorry to be such a downer but....8.00 a sheet or 3 for 20.00! Wow!!!

Great price on your 50/50 though - but not a lot of prizes - most were girly stuff. Three different color tickets for the regulars! Trying to get people to buy more 50/50s by saying it was the seller's birthday (which it wasn't even close to according to him). The Mt. Olive Band event is better and I think I'll stick to that.

Anonymous said...

Went to the one in Union last night. The one they told Mr. Tricky Tray was not sold out. Guess what it was sold out. We already had tickets but the one lady running it was SOOOOOO RUDE! Hey if I'm paying 20 bucks to get into your event try to smile and be nice. It was so packed in there in order to get out of the room to use the restroom you had to go through the packed bar. You could not get around the other way because there was just no room. Some of the people there were so drunk it was just bad. Some people should have been cut off. When you can't walk and you slur every word you say you might to stop serving them. Prizes were nice but ticket prices of the higher prizes were a bit high.

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

The knights of Columbus in Union tricky tray on 2/28 was not sold out when I posted. There were 2 events.. another 3/1 that I did not realize. But I did specify the date of the one I was commenting on, Read the fine print ..as they say.

Anonymous said...

Hi all, went to the Belvidere TT Friday night. I must say one of the best I've been to. Alot of prizes and the food amazing! The DJ announcing was great and I love the fact that the puller of the ticket was the runners. The only problem I found was the tickets not being shaken. I cannot stress enough that the tickets cannot be dumped and swirled. That was a little upsetting to the regulars which do spend alot of money on tickets and the food items. Please next year get a container and shake them first, but like I said excellent job on this one.

Anonymous said...

I was not knocking you Mr. Tricky Tray at all. The people there (Union Knights)were rude and if they were sold out they and other events should tell you so you can post it. Your not a mind reader! People want there events posted but they never think to inform that they are sold out. I can't remember the last one I went to that was not sold out. I go to them all the time. I think Mr. Tricky Tray went above by checking in the first place. We can't thank you enough for all the effort you put into this site.

Anonymous said...

Alpine TT in Sparta
You did a good job again as usual.
Plenty of free food (fruit,cheese, veggie platters) and sweets.
I was disappointed that you had no posting regarding bent tickets, no mention either. So I had no idea if you called bent tickets. Which is so wrong.

It also was too long, did not need an intermission. Should have had 2 callers to take turns.

Anonymous said...

Jefferson Consolidated PTA TT Organizers -

Sorry but $10 admission is too high....for one sheet. Also 150 regular prizes is not enough if you're expecting to sell 400 tickets to your event. Three levels of specials that I assume will be overpriced as well. Shame on you, the economy is not good, or haven't you watched the news? We'll pass, thank you!

Take a lesson from the Alpine School in Sparta. They know how to run a tricky tray. No admission, (they even gave a lottery ticket to the first 200 people!) Free refreshments and regular prizes worth at least $100.

Anonymous said...

Why is everyone so critical of these tricky trays? If bent tickets are not discouraged, the admission price too high or the prizes lousy -- skip it -- enjoy time with your loved ones or go the movies or read a good book.

Casey1231 said...

Hi all,

In regards to tricky trays being sold out - there are only 30 tickets left for Friday night's TT at St Marks in LV - we are not quite sold out but almost! I am tempted to post here we are sold out but we still do need to sell the 30 tickets - if anyone here wants me to hold tickets for them at the door please email me immediately at kccollins@verizon.net and I will email you back ASAP. I would hate for someone to travel far and not get in.

Anonymous said...

I went to the tricky tray at Mount Olive HS on Sat. 2/28. I was very disappointed in the prizes they were giving out. Alot of off season items and a few items certainly seemed used or like they were sitting around in someones basement. The HS is having another tricky tray this coming Sat. ( I think the band is putting it on this time) but Im certainly hesitant to go since the last one wasnt so great.

Anonymous said...

What a great tricky tray the Knights of columbus had......Every year i go they are friendly and have excellent prizes..... Great Job

Anonymous said...

Check this out!

HSA Tricky Tray Stimulus Package
Purchase your ticket on or before March 13
and receive a coupon for 10% off our value pack.
Our value packs offer
$75.00 worth of tickets for $50.00 plus the 10% off.
A total savings of $30.
Only 1 coupon per person.

More Info & Tickets:
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OH....AND NO BENT TICKETS WILL BE HONORED...WE TAKE IT VERY SERIOUS.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, above for:

Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Academy
170 Hussa St.
Linden, NJ 07036

March 20th - doors open at 6:00.

HSA Tricky Tray Stimulus Package
Purchase your ticket on or before March 13
and receive a coupon for 10% off our value pack.
Our value packs offer
$75.00 worth of tickets for $50.00 plus the 10% off.
A total savings of $30.
Only 1 coupon per person.

More Info & Tickets:
908-486-2507
smeacademynews@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Regarding blogger....March 03, 2009 11:29 PM
Why do you think we are mad that bent tickets are not taken seriously?
It's called stealing! It's immoral!
It's bad enough that TT'ers are doing it but WORSE that organizers are condoning it! Some ignore us when it's brought to their attention as if to say WE are the problem....what's the big deal! Some organizers are so naive about TT's they never heard of bent tickets! They act as if they would never go to a TT themselves and the only reason they are there is because they belong to the organization and they have to be there.
There are many organizers who take their volunteering seriously and you are not the ones referred to. Thank you
I will not close my eyes to cheating! Too bad you have a problem with that.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps I am naive about the whole bent ticket thing.

How can all of you see these bent tickets from your seats in a crowded school gym? Surely the caller isn't announcing... and the winner is...bent ticket #45433555.

Why doesn't EVERYONE just bend their tickets -- and may the best bender win?

You seem to obsess way too much about winning and not the social and fundraising aspect of the event. I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

It's very easy to see bent tickets in the container as I put my ticket into the container. I cannot see the ticket being called from my seat so I rely on the caller not to call a bent ticket. Unless the caller states no bent tickets will be called I have no idea what is being done if anything with the bent ticket.
Actually I am not obsessed about winning. I would just like a chance to win.
I don't care what the event is for.
Good idea you have.... we should all bend our tickets. Maybe I'll try that next time and see if it really does work.

Anonymous said...

Any form of cheating, whether its the individual who bends tickets or removes handfulls of tickets from the prizes they want to win to the chairman who decided to give her workers all the weird color left over tickets that can be aimed for each time she draws the winning number of a really good prize is wrong. In the last few years a local Priest and a couple PTA officials have been brought up on charges. No one gets a free pass to do whatever and not be held accountable no matter how good the cause is.
No one values a evening out with friends enough to throw their money into a crooked operation. Get over your naivette and take steps to run a clean raffle, and the tt commununity will support your efforts.
Sounds like its the cheaters who don't want to hear anymore about taking a stand with events that ignore marked tickets.

Anonymous said...

RIGHT ON!

JayBear said...

So I lived in NJ all my life. The land of Tricky Trays. At least 3 a weekend. Now I live in SC and I can't find one..not one that will be going on within the next 12 months. I need help finding a tricky tray, lol. I need my fix. I miss it.

Anonymous said...

As an organizer, can some of you give me an idea of what you think is a good ratio of prizes to people? Also, as tricky tray goers, do you like more prizes at less value or less prizes at higher values?
Thanks for any input.

Anonymous said...

I am at the bushkill PA tricky tray RIGHT NOW. The Announcer is to busy telling jokes. Pull tickets!!! They dump the tickets and then mix them. Keeps pulling the same winners. when they yell "shake them up" he thinks its a joke. When your spending your hard earned money its not a joke! Will never attend again!

Anonymous said...

"You seem to obsess way too much about winning and not the social and fundraising aspect of the event. I don't get it."

Sorry to be so very un-PC....but 99% of the time, I'm going to events that have nothing to do with me or my community. I'm trying to have fun and win something. I'm not there for the cause. If I was, I'd just send them a check.......

Just trying to be honest here.

Anonymous said...

I'm for the most part a fan of Mother Seton in Clark except this year. They let so many people in they added tables and chairs that blocked the a few doors. There had to be at least 800 people and that gym does not hold that many people. Your also suppose to have a police officer there if you have that many people. We could not get up out of our seats to use the restroom. There was just no way to get up and try to get out of your table and then make your way. I know times are tuff and everyone needs the money but when you hit a specific # you have to stop letting people in. I have never been there before when it was this bad. Not enough prizes for the amount of people there. Second caller was really bad I can't tell you how many times he recalled #'s and each time he called them he changed the number around. They also had a lot less prizes this year compared to other years. If your going to let 800 people in take some money and go buy some prizes. I have been going for many years and this year was just bad... Next year if there is another one that night local I would probably try the other. I hope the people who ran Mother Seton read this.

Anonymous said...

OMG- Went to the North Brunswick tricky tray last night and it was the most disorganized one that I ever went to. They ran out of tickets and then sent someone out to get more. The mike kept going out and you could not hear the numbers the caller was saying. There seem to be so much drama going on the stage. The admission price was 10 which included tickets, however they charged you if you wanted any desserts or a beverage. They baskets were not that great either. I would pass on this one next year.

Anonymous said...

JayBear,

google search "gun bash" or "beefsteak" gun bash is the best one we seen online. we would love to go to one of those but they are so far away.

Anonymous said...

Re: Mother Seton last night, no one mentioned that they ran out of 50/50 tickets and changed colors and of course the new color won. Rip off..Havent been there in many years and many of us wont return.

Anonymous said...

Each building in a town has an established occupany limit. Someone should have called the Fire Dept. and reported what potentially could have been a disaster should an emrgency have occurred.

I know my school had to turn people away -- and lose money -- but safety was put before profit.

Not being able to get up and go the bathroom is ridiculous! Shame on you Mother Seton!

Anonymous said...

Went to the Long Pond School tt last night.
The first tier baskets were very good. Something for everyone. Nice presentation. The rest were not too great. We didn't even buy any tickets for them.
No Bent Ticket signs and no mention of bent tickets announced. Have no idea if they called them. Never saw them throw one away either. These organizers either don't read TT.com or they just don't feel the need to pay attention.
The microphone didn't work. Coudn't hear the caller very well.
We had a program but still the caller announced each baskets donor and contents. What a waste of time. Why bother with a program?
Admission was $10.00 including 2 sheets of tickets. Ticket prices were reasonable.
Refreshments for purchase including small cup of coffee/tea for $1.00 which is too high if you feel the need to charge.
I did win 2 baskets and no I did not bend my tickets. I did see bent tickets in the cans. I assume it was a good night for the cheaters.
50/50 tickets were available for purchase all night which was great. It brought the total up quiet high for the number of people there.

Anonymous said...

I was very disappointed with the North Brunswick High School tricky tray. It did not seem organized. No one seemed to know which way the lines went to put tickets in. They ran out of tickets and had to get more mid way thru for the green level prizes and the 50/50's
.Their microphone kept shorting out and we couldn't hear the numbers being called clearly.The prizes were nice enough but my suggestion would be for them to be better prepared next time.

Anonymous said...

Went to north brunswick also and it agree that it was disorganized. One good idea that was nice was all the tables has laundry detergent for people to take home.

Anonymous said...

Long Pond School in Andover. Don't charge us admission. You would have gotten $10 from us anyway. That's just common sense. Fix your microphone before you start calling. This problem has happened for a couple of years now. I don't think you did a good job shaking the tickets either. The up/down motion just doesn't do the job. Charging for homemade cakes is tacky. They were donated after all. Coffee and Tea should definitely be free! I bet you had a lot leftover!!!

Overall, this was a good TT. The regular prizes were really good. The specials were so-so.

Anonymous said...

The Best Tricky Tray of 2008 was posted on the site today. It was tie !!!

Anonymous said...

SHAME, SHAME ON YOU MOTHER SETON.
We were there and witnessed
everything first hand. You had too many people at your event. The doors opened at 6:00 and we were there at 5:45 in a line wrapped around the building. Once inside, the tables were all reserved and all we needed was two seats but had to search just about the entire gym before we found two seats at the far end. Most tables that seat 8, had 10 and 12 people crammed in. Our table had 12 and we were like sardines in a can. I also tried to get up and go the the ladies room. I literally had to go in and out of rows and chairs to even try and get out of the gym. It was time consuming not to mention no one wanted to get up and move so I could get through.
(by the way, I am a very small person so I wasn't asking much to get out of that gym)
There were definitly not enough prizes for all those people. They ran out of 50/50 tickets the first time and never made it to our side of the gym so, we all lost out!
Then they announced they would have another 50/50 and started at the same side and ran out of tickets again. We never got a chance. We couldn't even get up to walk over to the people because you couldn't get out of your seat.
It was a mess! There were some ANGRY people there. Especially around us. Numbers were being called wrong and they were being called over and over again. The tickets were being mixed. They also ran out of value packs when we got there. They were suppose to start at 7:30, yeah right, you had people lined up outside the room at 7:30 still waiting to get in to put their tickets in.
Their audio system was terrible. It was not clear and everyone kept screaming they couldn't hear. That's probably because YOU HAD TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THAT ROOM!!!
WHAT A DISASTER.
HONESTLY, THIS TRICKY TRAY DESERVES "2009 WORST".
for those of you who missed it
LUCKY YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ouch! Poor Mother Seton.

Anonymous said...

Went to the Bethlehem TT this past weekend. I will say I will definately return next year. Everything was beautiful, the staff was excellent and extremely helpful. Plenty of walking room and everything was orderly. Even the people getting their tickets waited in line and didn't complain about anything. Great job by everyone there (attendees and staff). Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Another note for the organizers of the events, if you get an email from someone looking for any information on your event, best thing to do is answer them. They usually are only wanting to know how many items you may have to plan the amount of money to bring. I had just a response to the question I had asked about ticket cost and amount of items for a TT on 3-29. The response I received is why was I asking the question? What the heck is that. I forwarded on to my friends and asked them if they ever got a response like that from anyone! I can't understand why you can't just say we are in the process of figuring it out and we will get back to you. THAT'S ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY! simple right? We bring and meet several people at these events and we spend alot of money, so if we ask we need to know in order to bring the right amount of money. EASY AS THAT.

Anonymous said...

In defense of Union's VFW TT on Feb. 28th, I called them for tickets 2 days before the event and they still had tickets, so it's possible that they just sold out on the Fri. before the TT and just did not have enough time to get it posted on this site. Although I also have to agree with the poster about how rude a few of them were, I actually saw one of the male volunteers (member) push a woman out of the way when she made a mistake with her tickets.

On another vein, about bent tickets, I see many many bent tickets when I am dropping my tickets in the cans or bags and I am sure that by now people know bent tickets are a No-No but they still do it anyway. As for people removing tickets from cans, that is just plain ridiculous, how in the world can people remove handfuls of tickets without someone out of a couple of hundred people not seeing them? I am sure if someone was doing that the organizers would be all over them, I have been to a hundred plus TT's through the years and never saw or heard of anything like that, just bent tickets.
Please be realistic!!!

Anonymous said...

Actually at a TT in Hardyston there was an older woman who kept putting her hands in the bags on the super special table. we had brought it to their attention and she was approached on it.She had some of the tickets still in her hand. She was asked to PUT THEM BACK in the bags where they came from. 1st of all how stupid was that, she put them in the items she didn't want. 2nd she should have been kicked out or the police should have been called 1 of the 2. but this does happen very seldom but it does. I have been to same if not more TT's than a hundred but I have seen it 2 x's and yes both times it has been brought to their attention. The person just looks like they put the wrong tickets in the bag but they are doing something else. You just gotta keep an eye out for it.

Anonymous said...

ORGANIZERS.... TO AVOID CRITICISM....PLEASE LISTEN TO US THE TT ATTENDEES.....
PUT LIDS ON THE CONTAINERS.....DO NOT USE BAGS OR ANY CONTAINERS WITHOUT A LID!
VERY SIMPLE.....

Anonymous said...

? Does anyone know which tricky tray had approximately 1000 trays at it last year?

Anonymous said...

ONE THOUSAND????

ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

Anonymous said...

Nope not kidding. There was one in Upstate NJ that had around a thousand and it was about 3 hours to drop tix and start calling. I heard about it after the fact of course and I can't remeber. Also if you know of any around 300 and over would be great. I am going to one tomorrow night that is for a school and it has 438 really nice baskets but you need to know someone to get in which thank goodness I do. But anyway if anyone knows of big ones please let me know. Have TTing to all.

Anonymous said...

Nope not kidding. There was one in Upstate NJ that had around a thousand and it was about 3 hours to drop tix and start calling. I heard about it after the fact of course and I can't remeber. Also if you know of any around 300 and over would be great. I am going to one tomorrow night that is for a school and it has 438 really nice baskets but you need to know someone to get in which thank goodness I do. But anyway if anyone knows of big ones please let me know. Have TTing to all.

Anonymous said...

TO BLOGGER:
March 12, 2009 12:50 PM

Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Academy
Linden, NJ
March 20th
Well over 300 baskets to date and counting!

Last day to get the 10% off on value pack coupon is today!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the above TT info.

Anonymous said...

Casino Nights--

I went to a Casino night a few years ago where the auction was Tricky Tray Style..

I saw one advertided (in the newspaper) that is a live auction/silent auction style

which style is more common--the tricky tray auction or teh live auction with casino nights?

Anonymous said...

I went to a TT where they gave out a printed list of rules...I had never thought about bending tickets--until I read it here--some people might not know..

I wish all TT would include these rules--

GO IN NUMERICAL ORDER-no matter where you start--follow tehnumber up...start at number 1--go to number 2...
start at number 56--go to number 57--not 55....it keeps the line moving when everyone goes in the same direction..

ALSO-NO RIPPING TICKETS AT PRIZE TABLES--rip your tickets at your seat--to keep the line moving--I am disabled--it is hard for me to stand ---and wait as people rip tickets one by one while hovering over a prize--and when its crowded--its hard to get around them..

I have more issues of attendees being rude/clueless to each other than with mistakes by organizers.....

Anonymous said...

another suggestion for tt committees: Don't leave your signs up littering the roadway after the event is held. It's a traffic hazard to have people slowing down trying to read details only to discover it is outdated. Mt Olive has signs still up for both tt's recently held.

Anonymous said...

Nice job at the Governor Livingston Highlander Band Tricky Tray last night. A few minor gliches, mostly due to the larger crowd than last year, but they were quickly and graciously corrected. Really nice prizes, a great variety and plenty of ticket sellers available. Great caller, very clear and the event moved along quickly. Looking forward to it next year.

Anonymous said...

ANY INFO ON TRICKY TRAYS FOR TOMORROW 3-15-09 ?

Anonymous said...

HIGHLANDER BAND TRICKY TRAY WAS VERY NICE, GREAT CROWD, NICE PRIZES AND FAIR PRICES---WE HAD A GREAT TIME!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations...Jefferson School TT held at Roxbury High School on your first event. GREAT JOB!!! The trays were OUTSTANDING and tons of them. The prices were fair and the trays spread out so that you could move around. The baked goods were also great. Maybe next time you could sell some food.....it helps when you are coming straight from work. Once again, congratulations on a job well done.

Anonymous said...

Went to 2 TT's this Saturday the 14th. The 1st was great, ran very well for her 1st time. It was in Port Jervis NY and the prizes were really nice and the prices were great also. I cannot stress how much the women running it must have read the blogs and I did not many bent tix actually I saw 3 all with the same # and none of them were picked. And the best thing was the buckets at each table to SHAKE THEM UP IN. They shook em up and it was not all the same people winning. It was really nice. Then I went to the Florida NY one which I was looking forward to.That was pretty much a mistake. They had really nice prizes also but they had spotters that were blowing whistles when someone won and pointing when they were paying attention,one blow was fine but over and over just made you anxious and wanting to run and scream. Then one of the worst things, the dump,swirl and pick. There was no shaking up or even a good mix. We spent alot of money on this one like I said I was looking forward to it, but will pass on for next time. Why spend all that money and not have the tix shaken up.

Anonymous said...

Went to a tricky tray at Yesterday's in Hazlet NJ put on by Cooper School in Olb Bridge which was not very well run at all. The prizes were just ok. There was not anything grand. I would never go back

Anonymous said...

To the organizers of the upcoming TT's: I would appreciate seeing when patrons arrive the item you are going to shake the tickets up in, something with a lid. Put it somewhere in sight maybe near the podium or where you will be calling the numbers. If I see that instead of a mixing bowl I will and I'm sure others will spend more money on your event. All we ask is NO BENT TIX and a proper shake before numbers are drawn.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been to the JFK in Iselin tricky tray? We were wondering if it was a good one.

Anonymous said...

Headline from the Daily Record website today reads:

Tricky tray goes awry in Chester
PTO pays $1,000 to settle lawsuit by critic of fundraising event.

Organizers better take attendees concerns more seriously.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know you couldn't drink at this type of event. But good for her that she knew it. Maybe now the TTs will be fair and hopefully honest when pulling the numbers.

Anonymous said...

Here's the link to that story

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20090319/COMMUNITIES10/903190322/1005/NEWS01

Anonymous said...

Hey, I can't open that link anymore.

Alcohol at a tricky tray, I assume? Wow -- who woulda thunk? We always bring a few wine bottles and some plastic colored cups.

It complements our cheese platters and dips. Everything in moderation -- even tricky trays. LOL

DgfCollura said...

Hi All. I've been reading and enjoying these blogs for awhile now. I've recently been asked to head our tricky tray this year. I have a question. Where does everyone that is organizing tricky trays get their biggest prizes, flat screen tv's, Disney trips, etc. We will be sending out corporate letters but in the past have never been given just elaborate things. Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I just got home from TT in Dumont and what a waste.. The same people kept winning, many of them with ties to the event. When it came to the grand prizes, one organizer took home 4 of the 7 prizes!! I'm sorry, but I don't think luck had anything to do with it. No lids and they made u write a number on all of ur tickets do it would be easier than reading the 6 digit number

Anonymous said...

went to Grant School Dumont last night. Last year it was great, this year it was very bad. They gave you a paddle with a number on it and you had to write that number on every ticket. Instead of calling the ticket number, they called the paddle number. Well guess what, some people put both sides of their ticket in and they were still given the prize when they showed the paddle. That means for every one chance we had these people had two chances to win. We wont be going back there again.

Anonymous said...

Ewwww! that sucks!

Anonymous said...

Went to Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Academy T/T last night....very well run and organized. The prizes were beautiful and very affordable. Whoever thought up that value pack should be commended! A deffiniate go for my group again and there were almost 20 of us! Great job and thanks to their PTA.

Anonymous said...

Went to the TT for the Fire Dept in Ogdensburg last night. Prizes were good and ticket prices were really good. Overall a very good TT with free refreshments. 50/50 went really high.

People were bending tickets like crazy and they told us they would not call them. Hopefully they didn't. Next time hang signs and make more announcements for the cheaters!

Anonymous said...

Those attending tt's can probably drink if allowed - it's the organizers and workers who should be stone cold sober making sure of things like no cheating, that tickets aren't dumped on the floor, prizes aren't awarded to marked tickets and especially that tickets are mixed to the point that a random draw happens.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I don't normally go to tricky trays but go to the one my niece's school has - it's a small tricky tray with about 200 people, not as big as others, but it's not advertised, which I say they should do.

My question is - they charge $20 for 27 tickets. There are over 100 prize - probably worth $30 - $200, then they have about 4 or 5 grand prizes at $10 each - I tell her it's too much, what do you guys think?

Anonymous said...

Went to the Harmony Firehouse Sunday and what a nice event. Very nicely organized but of course a couple things. Please SHAKE tickets don't mix. The gentelmen running the number pulling was awesome but they need to be shaken. We had so many sheets of tickets and barely got anything. Then the same with the specials, the girl next to me had about $40.00 to $50.00 work of blue tickets and didn't win one of the specials. Also for $5.00 admission you should at least be able to get free coffee and maybe a cookie or baked good. Overall will go back next time,but if I don't see a shaker and I just see those 2 bukets again I will not buy as many sheets.

Anonymous said...

to anonymous 3-23 11:58, $20.00 per sheets for the starting tray at $30.00-$200.00 is not mathematically right. I go to TTs taht have $20.00 per sheet and the baskets start out at $150.00 and up to around $400.00 each. I would usually spend about $120.00 to $200.00 on tickets and get around 7 to 10 baskets, well worth what I spent, of course for the last one I went to, only spent $80.00 which is the 4 sheets of tickets and got nothing. But if you look at it from a practical view doesn't make much sense. I hope she gets the turnout she's looking for and good luck.

gabyzee said...

Just a heads up to all you TT fans - our group FOSRAS(Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter)is holding a Tricky Tray on Friday, May 8th. We're only selling 300 tickets and apparently they're selling like hotcakes and it looks like we're going to sell out very soon.

So, if you're planning on coming and haven't ordered your tickets in advance, please don't wait too much longer. You can check our listing in the Events section here for links to order tickets.

We've got over 300 baskets + 11 Grand Prizes, door prizes, 50/50 and goodie bags! If I do say so myself, our baskets are really, REALLY fantastic. Lots of variety, beautifully put together, tons of gift cards (in the baskets themselves).

All in all, I think it's going to be a really great night, and I didn't want anyone here who wanted to attend to miss it. You've all been SUPER helpful to me in the planning stage of our first tricky tray, so hopefully some of you can make it!

Anonymous said...

Friday March 27th, St John the Apostle's Annual Spring Gift Auction. Doors open at 6:30. Our committee follows the Tricky Tray blog faithfully, trying to keep all patrons to our auction happy. Signs and announcements will be posted regarding "No Bent Tickets". Our tables and tickets are all color coordinated and we will be offering sandwiches from a delicious italian deli. Fresh mozzarella & roasted peppers, eggplant with fresh mozzarella & roasted peppers, and tunafish subs, also hot pretzels, chips and drinks. Your ticket includes a sheet of center table tickets, coffee and homemade cookies. We will not be reserving seats, it is first come first serve. Our grand prize is a 50 inch Samsung flat screen television. Some of our other prizes are a Jaguar car for the weekend, digital cameraas, dyson vacuum, dvd players, kitchen-aid mixer, navigation system, poker table, gift certificates, and many home goods that are all newly purchased. We will have 2 50/50's and a raffle for a food certificate to the grocery store of your choice. We still have some tickets available, so please check out our advertisement and make an effort to attend. You won't be dissappointed.

Anonymous said...

Why is Fredon and Stillwater's Tricky Tray (April 3rd)on the same night??? These towns are in the same district! I am sure it was Fredon since they usually have their tricky tray on the same night as Kittatinny's Tricky Tray and that is also the same district. Don't these towns talk?? Which one is everyone going to Fredon or Stillwater's?

Anonymous said...

What is the general feeling of Tricky Trays that offer food as a package - not a sit down dinner, but a buffet type meal?

What is the top price you would pay to attend one of these - or do you prefer to spend your extra money on tickets ?

Anonymous said...

The National Junior Honor Society is hosting a benefit Tricky Tray @ Middlesex High School, Middlesex Boro on Friday, March 27th to help defray the cancer treatment bills for a school mom.

Call Middlesx High School for more info. Great baskets! Great cause!
Support this worthwhile endeavor!
732-317- 6000

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Anonymous said...

What does this last blog mean ..... March 25, 12:05 a.m. ??? It looks like gobbeldegook

Anonymous said...

What does this last blog mean ..... March 25, 12:05 a.m. ??? It looks like gobbeldegook

gabyzee said...

A question for those who attend - and those who run - Tricky Trays. We're holding our first TT the beginning of May and were looking for people's thoughts on the most popular/best "mixing device" for tickets. I've only ever seen people us big bowls, but I've seen comments on here about containers with lids, shaking and not mixing, etc.

If we use a bowl, should it be a certain size/shape, etc.? Or do people prefer a big container with a lid for shaking?

Thanks for all your help/advice!

Anonymous said...

To the above 3-25 9:02am, for the container it should have a lid and ample shaking room also enough room to put you hand in to pull the ticket. I have went to the dollar store near my work and they have containers for everything with lids. If you do not find one in the dollar store get a pail and lid from a paint store or even Home Depot. They can't cost more than 7 dollars also get at least 2 so if the runner is bringing the tray to someone you do not have to wait for them to confirm the ticket # you could just move on to the next one and then trash the numbers in the first bucket and put in the next ones. Also please let me (us) know which TT yours is. I would love to go to a legit one.

Anonymous said...

Didn't finish my sentence. Not just legit but one that's fairto each person attending.I can tell you theat I would definately spend more money at your knowing you are usuing a container and lid.

gabyzee said...

To the 10:17 a.m. poster who posted about the bucket w/lid, thanks for the input!

Our Tricky Tray is the FOSRAS one on May 8th. Unfortuantely (for you) but fortunately (for us!) I'm pretty sure it's sold out. They're just getting ready to post that info in our listing. You can check the events section and see if the link to purchase tickets is still "live" - if you do it real quick like a bunny right now!

Thanks again for your help!

Anonymous said...

To Gabyzee: Thanks for the info, I already have the advance tix, my friend mailed in for them. Will see you there. Been looking forward to it.

Anonymous said...

March 25, 10:38 am blogger

Spelling?????

it's that, definitely and using, ok?

no "goobledgook" LOL

Anonymous said...

3-25 12:22 blogger, check the time 10:28 not 10:38 LOL!!!

gabyzee said...

The Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Tricky Tray on May 8th is now sold out! Hopefully we'll see some of you there!

gabyzee said...

One last question and I swear I'll stop bothering all of you kind people....

How do you handle your volunteers - who are working the event - but also want to participate in the the basket auctions? Obviously, they're going to be VERY busy the night of the event - do you let them put their tickets in the buckets in advance? We want to do things "properly". :)

Thanks for your help!

Anonymous said...

as the chairperson for the stillwater tt, when we secured the date in june of 2008, we called all the local schools to make sure there was not a conflict of interest. at the time there was no event on april 3 at ANY of the local schools. this is a fund raiser for the kids, it is not our intention to create competition among the schools. pick one and have fun! good luck!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like someone in the school district goofed big time.

We had a similar situation locally -- not on the same night --but three consecutive weeks -- and all suffered in attendance. Folks were just tricky-trayed out or dealing with the economy and attended only one event.

It's unfortunate because so much time and energy -- not to mention all of the donated merchandise -- goes into the planning of a tt.

We ask our volunteers to review the itemized list of baskets and have a friend drop them in....or to come a 1/2 hour before the doors open.

Anonymous said...

To the person asking about volunteers participating in the TT - we allow the volunteers to participate in ours, but they must have a friend or family member watch over their tickets; they are NOT permitted to play the 50/50 and definitely NO drinking of alcohol during the event.

It is considered a work night for our volunteers - but have fun too !

Anonymous said...

I didn't know that one could donate a basket in exchange for free tickets. Out of curiosity, does anyone know where this can be found in the gaming regulations?

Anonymous said...

Yes - it can be found in Section #59.3411B of the Gaming Regulations under the subheading BARTERING.

It reads in part:
Items with a value greater than $50.00 may be accepted in exchange for a monetary equivalent. The tax deduction of the said donation is void should a barter occur. Whenceforth...

Anonymous said...

I am going to the Middlesex Elks TT tonight and just realized it's "Children Welcome". WHY???? If you are selling a limited amount of tickets, why would you sell them to children who will pay little or no money for raffle tickets? Can't you find a babysitter (like I did) and have an adults only night? Looking forward to a night of fun is turning into watching other people's children misbehave and act rowdy. I could not imagine bringing my kids (well-behaved that they are) to an event that could possibly run past 10pm. Not to sound like a nasty person, but keep your kids away from me, I am leaving mine at home, I don't want to be bothered with yours.

Anonymous said...

You make an excellent point - from a social point of view. You want a night out - without kids.

What concerns me is that children should not be in this environment when they are under the age of 18.

Aren't there gaming regulations that prohibit this? Children are not allowed at Adult Bingo.

I guess you have to realize this tt is a benefit. It's a bit different than the others.

Curious to hear how the event was for you.

Anonymous said...

yes, there are regulations for Tricky Trays and other similar events- they are gambling and therefore children under 18 are NOT ALLOWED. Please read the rules and regulations of the Gaming Committee.

Anonymous said...

Yes, they ARE allowed. In fact unless the prize is money they are allowed to play.

NJ Statute:
5:8-59. Persons under 18 not to participate
a. No person under the age of 18 years shall be permitted to participate in any manner in any
game or games of chance not conducted by a drawing, except that a person under the age of 18
years shall be permitted to play a game of chance not conducted by a drawing when the prize
offered and awarded consists of merchandise only and does not include cash or money.
b. No person under the age of 18 years shall be permitted to participate in any manner in any
game or games of chance conducted by a drawing, held, operated or conducted pursuant to any
license issued under this act, except that a person under the age of 18 years shall be permitted to
play an on-premises draw raffle, including a Penny auction, when any prize offered and awarded
consists of merchandise only.

These organizations are telling you whether or not they allow children, what their prices and prizes are. I can't understand how you can criticize their decisions - if the event does not meet your requirements just don't go to it.

Anonymous said...

The tt world is filled with people who will believe to their death that children cannot be allowed to attend or participate.
Thanks for the well documented post though.

Anonymous said...

There is a time and a place for everything.

I like am enjoyable evening out with friends - not the chaos and noise associated with other people's children.

That's why places like ChuckECheese exist.

Baskets often contain items that would be inappropriate for youngsters to win.

Hey, I have 3 kids and love them dearly. Unless the tricky tray is "kid friendly" - leave them home with a babysitter, a few board games and books.

Anonymous said...

Looking for ideas: What would you like to see as a basket for a high level value basket? Value between $200 & $250? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Anonymous said...

Hi Looking for Ideas: I'm really happy lately when I see a Keurig basket. I haven't won yet, but I'll keep trying. That's the single cup coffee maker for about 120.00 - you can get the pod refills for about 20 bucks a case to throw in the basket and some paper coffee cups.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Stanhope TT on Saturday night,. Kudos to thier organizer and volunteers. Job well done. It was organized and ran very smoothly.
I had only one concern, and that was there was one runner, burgundy shirt and glasses who when the principal was calling numbers for door przes he had a arm full of prizes and went to this particular group who already won numerous trays, and he handed each one of them a door prize without their number being called.
Why did the principal waste his time calling numbers when someone took it upon himself to give the prizes out freely. It was noticed by quite a few clients and they were distrubed about this. It was just the principal of this situation that I felt I must speak one.

Other wise Kudos to Sherry and her group of volunteers. It's just a shame that one bad apple spoiled the whole experience.

THANKS FOR LISTENING

Anonymous said...

Went to the Hackettstown American Legion Friday night and it was really nice, only 2 problems and of course #1 was no container to shake the tickets. They shook the bags and then put thier hands in to pick the numbers. It was the same people winning again! For the big prizes the same woman won 2 in a row. I cannot tell you how much that annoys me and the people I sit with to see. We spend alot of money on going to the events, at least make it fair for everyone. Now #2, for a $10.00 admission you should provide coffee and a pastry or cake or something along those lines. For that $10.00 we got a sheet of tickets in an envelope. When you got in the sheets were 5 for $20.00. If we go back next year would like to at least not pay for coffee.

Ronnie said...

I have not been to a tricky tray in years- but there is one tonight in Clifton NJ at the Boys & Girls club and I frequent that place for bingo on Saturday nights - Has anyone ever been to this one? Is it any good? And how much do you usually spend at a tricky tray now a days?

Anonymous said...

To the person who quoted the law on paying the people who donated prizes with tickets. Don't you wonder who regulates this? How do attendees know you are being fair with your monetary payment to these people. Pay them with money not tickets or you may get caught. Trust me when I tell you Northern NJ has become a hot spot for law enforcement (so many TT, so many complaints). Do NOT be surprised when they audit your event.

V said...

I just got back from the tricky tray in Clifton NJ - Boys & Girls Club to benefit The Christopher Columbus School. For the first tricky tray I have been to in years- I loved it and so did my husband who is a first timer. There were a lot of small prizes - a lot of kid stuff and gift certifcates. The medium prizes were cool, a few sports stuff and more kids stuff. Lottery baskets etc. The grand prize gifts were lame to me, they were a coach bag, a guitar with lessons, and a portrait studio thing, an expresso machine, I don't like that stuff but I am sure the person who won did. They did a 50/50 too - I won three baskets :-) for my son so he is happy!

Anonymous said...

Mother Seton's Tricky Tray, March 6,2009 - Here is a letter I sent to them after attending this tricky & I never got a reply:
After attending your tricky tray on the above mentioned date, I can not restrain myself from writing this letter in the hopes it reaches the proper persons in charge of organizing this event. I cannot even tell you the aggrevation myself & 5 others in our group experienced, from the moment we walked in & were told there were no more programs, not to mention the sheet of tickets that come with the admission, & then to be told "somebody at your table will share with you", only to find that every table was reserved & there were no seats to be found. If there had been a table, would the people at that table have shared their sheet of tickets with us too? This was just not with my group, there were others complaining also, & in smaller groups that had gotten in when the doors opened. We did eventually get our programs & the sheet of tickets when more were brought in. However,since no announcements were made, we would never had known more programs arrived if we hadn't gone back to the front to find out about tables. This is no way to begin, of what's supposed to be a fun evening.
It wasn't so much the inconvenience of not finding seats, but more in which the way it was handled when the problem was addressed. The person's answer to our problem was "I don't know what to tell you" & made a comparison as to going into a movie late & the seats are filled & sometimes you just have to find a single seat instead of sitting with the person or persons you went with. Well, 1st of all we did not arrive late & in speaking with some other people that had gotten in before us they said there were not enough programs from early on & also could not find seating due to every table being reserved. Secondly, if I go to a movie & cannot sit with the persons I came with, I'll go to another movie. Instead of trying to accomadate & fix the problem we were being told in so many words it was just too bad & nothing could be done about it. Eventually, at our suggestion, & with the intervention of one of the other workers, some more tables & chairs were moved to the back of the room so we could sit. This whole situation was handled very poorly from the time we walked in the door TO HELP SUPPORT YOUR FUNCTION.
The last thing that was totally unacceptable, was running out of tickets for the last 50/50. The people selling tickets repeatedly did not come to the back of the room to sell these tickets. Every time they got near the back, they were out of tickets & we were told they would be back, only to see them heading back up to the front & never making their way to the back tables with tickets. When questioning another worker about purchasing these 50/50's I was told "We sold more than we expected". That is not my problem & that was a very poor answer. However it is a problem for me, when I come to tricky tray expecting to be able to have a chance, like everybody else in the room that paid their admission, at possibly winning a significant cash prize as promoted by your organization.
My friends & I go to many tricky trays & this has NEVER happened. What makes it even worse is how indifferently it was handled by the workers, as if "oh well, too bad". It was very disappointing how mismanaged this event was & I can tell you, we most likely will not be returning next year.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Looking for some feedback from the Tricky Tray at Happy Face Nursery School in Califon on March 13th. Any thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Went to port murray TT tonight, very dissapointed that they dont read blogs. The dump and swirl does not work. Same people winning over and over. Will not go next year! GET A CONTAINER TO SHAKE WITH!!!!

Anonymous said...

Fredon TT last night

It was very well organized. Free admission, lots of free food. Prizes were nice especially the upper tiers!

The organizers were very friendly.
There were signs stating "bent tickets will not be called" but no announcement was made. I really have no way of knowing if bent tickets were pulled and rejected or not.
Had a good time, didn't win anything, I've been on a losing streak for a while now. Well, at least the food and coffee were free.

Anonymous said...

Stillwater announced no bent tickets and disqualified any bent tickets that were drawn out. They made a point of announcing that the ticket drawn was disqualified ... YEA! for Stillwater

Anonymous said...

Stanhope project graduation had signs, made announcements but had a much beloved announcer who did her own thing. She had a funny comment for everything and needed to take breaks, all of which stretched out the evening. Tickets were put in a large bowl and halfheartedly swirled. When people complained it was basically ignored until the lottery ticket basket was drawn. That was certainly one of the prizes that had a load of tickets to be mixed. Announcer picked one of the complainers and said - I'm mixing (with her hands) until you tell me to stop. the rest of the drawings were the half hearted swirl. The caller was a comedian and had comments for everything, but she never mentioned disqualifying a ticket once she started drawing. Runners went by our table with bent tickets carrying prizes to winners. Note to organizers - you can't just put up signs, you have to
We don't go for doorprizes, but when the distribution is so unfair it certainly turns people against returning. After several years on notattending because of this announcer and her cavalier method of choosing winners, last night was frustrating. She drew some doorprizes and then grabbed a handful of doorprize tickets and asked - who's a loser? She then walked into the crowd and handed out tickets to probably her friends and whole tables went to claim prizes ... probably with my doorprize ticket stubs. After some regular prizes she again grabbed a handful of doorprize tickets and walked into a different section of the crowd responding to people who yelled they were losers and rewarding whole tables with doorprizes. Prizes were bags of candy and easily everyone entering could of been given a bag when they walked in the door - that would of been fair and nontimeconsuming. Previous years she has given doorprizes to the first to raise hands, first to stand and even resorting to just throwing prizes into the crowd. Maybe some find it amusing but where is the fairness?

The tt committee worked hard and many great prizes were available at fair and reasonable prices to benefit a great cause. Then again all tt committees work hard and we do thank them by attending and purchasing tickets. Rarely a general thank you to committee and request for applause starts an event. Most events leave that for their inhouse PTA meetings and simply get on with fairly drawing the winners. Please please don't name the entire committee with multiple requests for applause. We were asked to applaud people who weren't even there, who were no longer on the committee.

Anonymous said...

To the above poster re: the Stanhope tricky tray. I personally enjoyed the tricky tray. The caller was great. She moved quick and had some great comments. Yes, she did take 2 breaks but oh well. I thought she got the crowd pumping. It was great to see everyone having a great time. I did not know her and she gave our table door prize tickets. I also had no problem the way she was mixing tickets. She used a huge bowl and mixed them around. How else do you expect her to mix it? Are you just sour because you didnt win any prizes? It seems the ones who dont win have all the negative comments about these tricky trays.

I loved the idea of the cheese, cracker and grape platters you could purchase to eat.

I would definitely go back to this one. Even my boyfriend loved it and he didnt win anything.

Anonymous said...

I was at the Stanhope event, and aside from 1 or 2 people, the winners looked to me to be pretty well spread around the entire room. Also, door prizes...who really needs them? I got one, and you could have gotten the stuff that was inside at a dollar store...you didn't miss anything...so I also had no problem with the novel way she distributed the gifts.

The caller was a breath of fresh air, and she was very very comical...I go to a lot of TTs, and found myself waiting to hear what else she would say next...I enjoyed it. Now, that doesn't mean organizers should start doing that...because most comics are the only ones who enjoy their own jokes...she was actually funny.

Last point, the cheese, cracker and fruit trays for $3.25 were brilliant. I got the last one, and was beyond grateful NOT to have to eat chips/cheese and pizza. Folks, any one of you can set up trays like this...they were on an 8.5" plate, 1-2 different kinds of pre-cut cheeses and simple crackers...and they were really delicious.

I had never gone to Stanhope before, but I will definitely mark my calendar to support them again next year.

Anonymous said...

To Mr. Tricky Tray, I am not sure how to word my frustration with an event that happened on 4-4 at Pine Ridge in PA.. We were at the TT in Hawley earlier that day and knew we could make both TT's. We had about an hour between to go use some gift certs we won earlier so we went and did that. When the time came to go to the Pine Ridge we left on our way. When we got to the gatehouse since it was a gated community we went to the guard and left her know we were there for the TT and we were told it was either cancelled or postponed! That was at 5:34PM and if anyone with this event does not believe we were there check your cameras that were in the front near the guard house. I then called my son and asked him to go on the computer to see if it had been changed. It still read new on the site. After waiting around for a while the expense of driving there and wasting our time it was really rude of them to do that. And I know we weren't the only ones going. After all that was done I left and went to Stanhope TT. It was great even though I won only one it was entertaining and ran great, but the still need a CONTAINER TO SHAkE THE TIX WITH!!! Had alot of fun there. Please let us know what happened with Pine Ridge though. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Re: Pine Ridge Event

So sorry. The event organizer lost his cat - all volunteers were called to assist in the search.

Tabby was found in a tree next to the Fire House -- but well after the start time of the tt.

It was too late for the organizer and volunteers to regroup.

Anonymous said...

One of comments I read alot on here is TTs running out of sheet tickets or running out of raffle-50/50 tickets. This is our first basket auction and we are having 300 people at our event and have ordered 2,000 sheet tickets of each tier and have ordered 4,000 of the grand prize raffle tickets and 4,000 of the 50/50 tickets. I want to be sure that we have enough tickets and don't run out. For those event planners out there, is there a certain formula you use when ordering your tickets to make sure you have enough? Any insight is appreciated. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Question for the Pine Ridge organizer: Can you let us know when it will be rescheduled for? I just checked the website and didn't see anything. I can understand losing a dog or cat is a bad experience and very upsetting until you find them, so I will try again to make the new date. Please let us know since your event was the topic of last nights TT in Fernwood amongst the TT goers. Also the Fernwood last night had great prizes and the specials were really nice. Of course only one problem with it as usual get a container to shake em up, not a pail. Other than that great time and see you next year.

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

Well it looks like we have the answer to the Pine Ridge tricky tray before I had a chance to investigate. And as of 4/7/09,
it has not been rescheduled.

Anonymous said...

Stanhope TT Organizers: Looks like you have a lot to learn from this one. I won't be back but I'm sure the parents will be and it better be better organized. Hint: Get someone new!

Anonymous said...

We are going to have a lottery apron at our tricky tray for the first time. I saw it mentioned here and it sounded like a good idea. We'll have $25 in tickets on the apron. My questions are what is the best way to attach the tickets to the apron and how much do you charge for a chance to win it?
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

$5 and a stapler

Anonymous said...

Sew them on with embroidery thread in the colors of your organization and charge $10!!!

Best of Luck to ya!

Anonymous said...

I was deciding about Butler and Denville for Friday night. I was looking on the individual websites to try and guesstimate what kind of prizes they might have when I saw that Butler is sold out. It does not say sold out on TT.com and so I tried to call the number of the place but the "mailbox is full" Would really be nice if they updated Mr. Tricky Tray that they were sold out. Glad I didnt just drive ALL THE WAY THERE to get locked out.

Anonymous said...

As a TT organizer, I am sometimes so overwhelmed with all of the details that it doesn't occur to me to notify all contacts advertising the TT that we are sold out -- including a site like tricktray.com.

Sorry!

Anonymous said...

The only thing I can say to that comment is: You know the amount of traffic this site gets and you took the time to promote your event on this site, it would be pretty bad for you not to post SOLD OUT on this site. With the price of gas and the stress of driving in NJ for you to feel you can't remember which place you advertise is a poor excuse for not doing it. Tell us which event you are organizing so we don't waste time and money going there!

Anonymous said...

VERY WELL PUT...to another arrogant organizer.

Anonymous said...

We went to Denville Sunrise Rotary. It was nice. It was a fish fry with all you can eat fish, chicken, fries, soda, coffe, tea etc. and dessert. The tricky tray was smaill, about 185 small prizes and then the grand prize of a trip to Cancun. The ticket prices were 5 sheets for $20 for the small prizes and 8 tickets for $20 for Cancun. What we did notice that there were many "benders" there. We could tell there were many because there was all different kinds of bending ranging from slightly bent to pretty much mangled. I have never seen such mangling in my life. There were no signs or announcements about bending. I have to compliment the organizers for not calling bent tickets. We were close enough to see they were only pulling out the "straight normal" tickets, and trust me, some of the gift certificates had more mangled tickets than normal ones. Its getting so bad, maybe all the bent tickets should be pulled out of the containers and thrown away before the event starts by an appointed bent ticket patrolman from the organization. I have an even better idea, maybe the patrolman should secretly get all the bent tickets together and have a special raffle at the beginning. They should put them all in a container and call out the numbers and ask the people to come to the front if their number is called. When they get all of the benders together, they can then throw them out and lock the door. How does that sound?

Anonymous said...

re the lottery apron
$25 worth of lottery tickets is a small tray item. The lottery aprons have to contain a greater value of tickets in order to charge the higher ticket prices. I won an apron that had $100 worth of tickets on it. Tickets were $5 for 10 or $1 each which is similar to 50/50 pricing method. Would you want to pay $10 a ticket for $25 worth of lottery scratchoffs? If you take the time to think, you'd go buy $10 worth of scratchoffs instead.

Anonymous said...

Tied For - Best Tricky Tray 2008

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Tricky Tray Sponsored By
Oxford Central School PTO
Location: Belvidere Manor
689 Water St
Belvidere, NJ 07823

Doors Open: 5:00 pm
Drawing: 7:00 pm
Admission: $30 in advance/$35 at the door
*Adults Only*
HANDICAPPED_ACCESSIBLE: Yes
Tricky Tray to benefit Oxford PTO and students.

Admission includes buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, door prizes, and tickets.

Here's a taste of what you can win: iPod Touch; Wii Fit/Wii System; Family Season Passes for local swimming; Golf outings; Spa goodies; Dinners; Theater & Music tickets; Sports tickets and merchandise; Hotel overnight; Disney Park Hopper Passes; a TV; and much more!

For more info and tickets contact
Kiki Frasca 908-453-4389 or frascafamily@comcast.net

More Info & Tickets:
Kiki Frasca ~ 908-453-4389
or
frascafamily@comcast.net

www.ocspto.org

Thank you to all our generous donors and guests! Hope to see you there!

Anonymous said...

We went to the Noah's Ark TT last night. As usual the prizes and prices were great. They announced no bent tickets will be called. Free cakes/cookies were offered. My only complaint is that they used two different color tickets for the presale/postsale. It's very annoying and makes no sense really. Overall, great job.

Anonymous said...

Any info on tricky trays coming up this weekend...so many I don't know where to go !

Anonymous said...

Noahs Ark TT was great!! So many prizes and the price of tickets were great! Well organized and moved real fast! Wow, the 50/50 was great.

Anonymous said...

To anonymous April 18 8:24, I really like the idea but I'm sure some people would have an issue with that. It's funny but this weekend I went to a few of them in PA. 1st one was at McHugh school in Cresco, it was for the church next door. I walked in and could not believe how many bent tix I saw. I had brought it to the attention of a few women working there and they never heard of bent tix being considered cheating. I told them how it was cheating and I saw the numbers that were bent up, they were really early numbers. And as you could believe the bent tix were one of the workers I told. Anyway they were straightened out and only one of them was called. Great prizes though and ticket prices were pretty good too. Next was the little League in Cresco. This one was really rough, great prizes ticket cost great also, but the way they pulled tickets was really bad. They had these small containers you put your tix in and if it was full you just put more in on top and stuffed them in. Then this was amazing, they shook the full container and pulled the ticket. I couldn't believe what I was watching. Then they got me again with the Torres family TT. I said would not return and should not have went back. What I was thinking I have no idea. OK great cause but still there is a limit. Went yesterday and the cost of admission is $10.00 per person you get one sheet of tix and free coffee. let me tell you the free coffee had no sugar and no mike. They had coffee mate and Weis brand no calorie sweetner. Then the prizes were really poor. The cost of the additional tix were $20.00 for 3 sheets of regular and the higher level was $10.00 a sheet and the upper level was $5.00 a ticket for a picture or garbage like that. I mean honestly the stuff had price tags on them from a really cheap store and they were marked .99 and $1.99. Give me a freakin break now. I should have learned my lesson the 1st and 2nd time but the 3rd time that's IT.

Anonymous said...

The Pet Adoption League is holding their annual TT on Friday, October 16th in Hackettstown, NJ. Details will be going on the TT website shortly. Mark your calendars :)

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh....some people have nothing better to do than complain.

Skip the tricky tray and go shopping for what you really like.

BTW...I have never put "mike" in my coffee! LOL

Anonymous said...

I think EVERYONE should bend their tickets if no one is enforcing the "no bent tickets rule." Really? What have you got to lose?

Anonymous said...

I'm going to the wallkill tt tonight and you know what for the very first time i am going to bend my tickets. I am going to see if it really makes a difference.
There is no sense in being honest anymore. Since most organizers don't care. If you can't beat them join them!
And YES that is a complaint! Yes, I do go shopping too. Stop complaining!

Anonymous said...

Maybe if some one reads the comments we put here, the cheating could end. But all the idiots on this ruin it for the honest hard working people that spend their free time going to these events. Could you imagine if honest people did not go and only cheaters went? Think of all the money they would be losing from us and how much business the malls would get back! Hey lets jump start the economy and just go to the malls and to heck with all the cheaters, let them fight amongst themselves. Especially the anonymous 4-23 @ 7:41. You should go and pay all that money as in at least $100.00 per event and lets see how you like it. Some people have to step off their soapbox or jump from their high horse and see what's really going on.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Lafayette TT @ Wallkill...NO BENT TICKETS called...they had signs posted everywhere!!!

Anonymous said...

No bent tickets at the Ogdensburg firehouse TT last night either. Only one complaint...The caller had the mike too close to his mouth and everything he said was muffled. You really had to strain to hear the numbers.

Anonymous said...

Clark for a Cure and Racing for a Cure will host a Tricky Tray on Thursday, April 30, at Arthur L. Johnson High School. All funds raised at this community event will support their team effort for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Clark.



The event will take place in the cafeteria of Arthur L. Johnson High School, 365 Westfield Ave. in Clark. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door (if tickets are left). To purchase tickets, contact Sue at 732-388-3856 or Michelle 732-388-9777.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and raffling will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Anonymous said...

Wallkill tt.
Nice set up, lots of refreshments.
Lasted way too long. Didn't get out until 1130pm. Certainly did not need a 25 minute intermission!
Too many cheap trays (vhs tapes!) Who has a vcr anymore?
The package deal came with 3 sheets of regular tray tickets. That was too many. I had to search for something useful to put them in. There were too few useful trays. Usually have to buy more tickets, not this time!
Some of the second and third tier prizes should have been regular trays. One of these great prizes did not even have a ticket in the bucket! Some only had 2 or 3 tickets in them! How pathetic.
It was a looong boring night!

Anonymous said...

What kinds of prizes did Noah's Ark have - sorry to have missed it this year ?

Anonymous said...

Noah's Ark had animal pairs: fish, birds, cats, and labradoodles.

Also Apple computer & printer, iPods, Cuisinart small appliances and a black Lexus RX 330.

Really wonderful event!

Anonymous said...

My girlfriends and I went to the Lafayette TT at Walkhill on Friday. It was OK. The regular prizes were nothing special. They should have taken what they called "specials" and incorporated them into the regulars. Yes, they would have had less trays but at least they would have been worth something! Most of the regulars were super cheap. Way too many Karate gift certificates. I'm also sick of seeing the orthodontic records tray.

Free refreshments were good. DJ was good. Intermission sucked!!!! Only two toilets in the ladies room and they call an intermission creating lines. What was suppose to be 10 minutes turned into 20 because we had to wait for the ladies room line to finish.

This was our first time at this one. I wasn't impressed. I'd rather go to a TT where they may have less trays but the trays are interesting and worth something.

Anonymous said...

What is an orthodontic records tray?

Anonymous said...

RE: Lafayette/Wallkill

Orthodontics records tray is Quote

"One complimentary set of orthodontic records,$300.00 value"
This was tray number 9 which had no tickets in it...wonder why?
There were 4 trays like that for "Specials". One tray says exam included. Yipee! They had 2 or 3 tickets in them. There were at least 50 Special baskets....only a few could be called special!
Regular trays had more than one can stand of.... Karate lessons! Enough already!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone go to the Memorial School Tricky Tray on the 22nd at the Graycliff in Moonachie? Just wondering how it was, I missed that one.

Anonymous said...

Memorial School Tricky Tray was excellent.

Heard they raised over $30k with the wonderful assortment of trays offered.

Free appetizers, pastries and assorted hot & cold beverages.

Anonymous said...

I get it about ortho records gift certificates...many of these organizations get them as donations from businesses so therefore must use them. Probably the same case if there were lots of karate gc's as you said...

Anonymous said...

I think local businesses are vital to the success of a tricky tray. Of course a restaurant gift certificate is so much better than an orthodontic one -- esp once your kids are beyond that stage.

As a small busniess owner, I can not count the number of times I am asked to donate. I donate my product/services. In this economy I can't afford to give anything else.

Anonymous said...

I have been to quite a few that have the dental gift certificates. I look for those and the tax prep GC's. If you don't want those items don't put tix in them. The worst thing is for the person that really wants that item loses it to you and you didn't even want it. Also to the business owner above I would definately put in tix and check out your place. I love the places that I have never been before, and sometimes those places are much better than the other locations you have been going to. Also those donations do really spark your business up.

Anonymous said...

To the above poster: You can keep all the ortho records and the tax prep certificates!!! Don't worry I didn't put my tickets in there!

Anonymous said...

I second the above post about dental records. I don't waste my tickets on baskets like these either!

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness we live in a country that gives us choices...choices as to which baskets we want to put our tickets in!!! I like dental records...others may prefer a toaster...call me crazy, but some may even choose to put their tickets in for an ipod!!!
God bless America!!!

Anonymous said...

What is an ipod?

Anonymous said...

above poster: you're way to funny. I love that! Thanks to all for not taking my dental certs.

Anonymous said...

Ah-ha! More orthodontic trays...

The Marching Band Association of Somerville High School is holding its first Tricky Tray Auction on Saturday May 16th 2009 at the high school.

Tickets are on sale now at a discounted rate of $15.00 for admission which includes a full sheet of tickets for level one prizes. There will also be a grand prize raffle which includes a Mac Book laptop computer valued at $1300.00. There are tons of wonderful prizes available including orthodontic services, pet services, gift certificates for restaurants, and beautiful baskets for all your gift giving needs—including father’s day.

Please show your support for this group of extremely hard working students. Doors open at 6:00pm with the first ticket drawn at 7:30. Baked goods will be available for purchase and coffee and tea are free. Contact: Michele Tropiano at 908-707-0699 or mat62@aol.com or Lysa Martinelli at 908-575-3193 or lysa.martinellis.shu@gmail.com for your tickets or further information.

Anonymous said...

Just a warning about Transfiguration Academy on May 15th. I called for information and found out that for $35 we are not foing to even get a starter sheet of tickets. I said they should hold the wine and beer and give us tickets. I personally do not drink and my friends do not want to drink and drive. Why should we be expected to pay the extra money for other who like to drink. Since we wont be getting any tickets and we will be paying for drinks we dont want, my table of 10 WILL NOT BE ATTENDING this event. We went to it last year (their 1st) at the school and they were so mixed up they didn't even have all the prizes out during the event. When questioned they said they were doing the best they can. We thought maybe it would be different this year, maybe new organizers since they have a new venue, but no!!!! I can see it coming now. We will be going instead to Kearny where we will get tickets and for our table of 10 an extra sheet of tickets to boot. Bye bye Tranfiguration.

Anonymous said...

Good point about the drinking and driving!

The wine was probably a donation.

Anonymous said...

I am going to
Sussex County Technical School in Sparta tonight.
I went last year, it was quite nice.
Very well organized.

I just hope there are no more than 1 or 2 orthodontics and karate prizes.
I had my fill of them last week.

Anonymous said...

Bring on the ortho prizes!!!! I've yet to win one and have two kids who need braces!!!

Anonymous said...

You should have been at Lafayette/Wallkill last week. One of the ortho's didn't have any tickets in the bag and the other 3 only had 2 or 3 tickets in them!

Anonymous said...

our table of 8 went to Friends of The Shelter last night. Nothing bad happened, they did absolutely nothing wrong. The only thing was the setup was a little screwy and therefore made the lines horrible. The caller was loud and clear, made no jokes, moved right around the room following the prizes and calling the numbers, had great big containers to shake, stir and mix the tickets in. They did not call bent tickets, in fact, none of the cheaters must be animal lovers because there were no bent tickets in the containers anyway! It was a VERY well run event with wonderful prizes and normal people attending who went to have fun. Our table will be going again next year for sure.

Anonymous said...

oh, and the caller did not need to take loooooooooong extended breaks. He was able to make it around the room with no breaks at all!! Amazing!!

Anonymous said...

Our table of 6 went to the Hardyston Middle School TT.
Refreshments were free and they had food to purchase.
The package price of tickets was very good. They had 200 regular, 88 super and 33 super super and after that I lost track. Way to many specials! What did they do with bent tickets? No signs and no mention of bent tickets.The caller was pulling tickets out of the bags that tickets were placed in. He was told that was a bad idea and someone brought out a large container. He also was giving description and donor names and again was told to just call the .... numbers! We were given a detailed program and we can read.
Totally unacceptable was a 20 minute break! There must be more than one person at these functions who is able to read the winning numbers! Getting out of there at 1115pm is way too late.
I am convinced that only 10% of organizers read TT.com.
Annoying was smoking right outside the open doors. I thought smoking was not allowed on school property. Am I wrong?

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who enjoys an intermission??? I like the chance to get up and stretch my legs, visit the ladies room and grab a snack...what's wrong with that???

Anonymous said...

Intermission is fine if it is 5 minutes like they say and then turns into 1/2 hour or more. Whats wrong with it is, people want to go home. 3-6 hours is a long time at an event. On the weeknights, people have already worked all day and have to work again in the morning. I don't know anyone who like the admission. And its not only me, you can tell when you hear the almost entire place banging on the tables and yelling lets go, lets go. I am not interested in taking a break so the organizers can socialize or get something to eat. If they want to eat let them do it before the event starts, or take turns calling. If you like to get up and stretch your legs, use the restroom etc. I am sure someone at your table can watch your tickets.

Anonymous said...

our table of 8 showed up at Ryan Doltz last night. What a beautifully run event with MANY nice prizes. An announcement was made no bent tickets will be called. Again like the night before, there were no bent tickets in the containers, so we didn't have to worry about that anyway. I kinda thrilled I seem to be hitting a home run and no going to the same tricky trays as the cheaters are lately. The only negative about this event was those seats. Young and old, unless you are a child, those seats are unbearable. Please, please consider changing your venue next year to one with better seating, other than that, so far you are getting my vfote for best TT this year.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I didn't go to the TT where people were yelling and banging on tables...sounds scary!

Anonymous said...

Went to the Ryan Doltz in Dover yesterday and was very happy. One regular sheet of tickets were given with admission. There were 100's of baskets of all different values. There were free snacks and coffee and tea. There was food to purchase. The only negative was that it was hard to find seating and the chair were so uncomfortable with no backs. Several people were complaining. I won two great prizes so along with giving to a wonderful cause, I went home extra happy! Great job, you got my vote!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know of any good tricky trays coming up?

Anonymous said...

I went to tt friday at stonybrook elementary what a horrible night. First they switched the containers I won a prize I didn't put in for and they fellow who one that one next to the one I put in for didn't put tickets in that one. He was kinda enough to switch prizes but he didn't want the one i won in error he took another one of my baskets?? it was ok i really wanted the hockey puck.The spa basket had dollar store puff in it and a box with some creams the price said$5.00 and had a 50% ticket on it. so that basket was worth$3.50. sheets of tickets were $5.00. The best is they had midevel times and i myself but two sheets in that one $7.00 sheet when they got to the prize they made an announcement that someone stole the gift?? First of all they shouldn't have the gift cards etc out on the table even though they hid them under a 8by10 paper. second of all maybe they misplaced it and never put it out . they were not going to call it until alot of people complained. so they decided to call it and give the wineer the monies to purchase their own ticket. poorly done for sure. i heard many people say they would not attend again. They also had girls standing around the tables watching I think they would of seen someone take it?

Anonymous said...

May 4 7:25

2 items in the Spa basket, are you kidding me???? A $3.50 value -- that should have incited a protest!

Anonymous said...

Last Saturday, Sandshore Elem event in Mt Olive again outshown the high schools tt efforts.
Value of reg trays was super with some baskets over $100 with ticket price down to $6/sheet compared to HighSchools $8 price. only complaint no mention of bent ticket policy. One attendee sat there specifically bending each ticket making a huge pile of bent tickets. someone cautioned her about disqualifying all her entries by doing that. She couldn't understand why as she only bent them because it helped her to reach into the baggie and pull out separate tickets to drop in the bags as she walked thru the prize tables. The other side of that thought is that its just as easy for them to be drawn out. The woman with her defended bending because Sandshore has never had a policy against it and they have always come and bend their tickets each year and win prizes. Well - duh, that's why we fuss about disqualifying altered tickets. It's cheating. The conversation did encourage several people to seek out event coordinators to specifically discuss whether they would award prizes or disqualify any bent tickets they drew. No one on the committee seemed to realize people could cheat at a fundraiser.
This event had no signs, nothing in the printed brochure and never made an announcement. The big ticket prize bags were stuffed with bent, dog eared, crumpled and ragged torn tickets. Those sitting around that particular pair noted that they only won a couple of not so popular reg trays. Hopefully the committee will have a bent ticket policy for next year complete with signs and notices in the prize listing.

Anonymous said...

YES.. LITTLE PLASTIC THING WITH A COUPLE 2 OZ HAND CREAMS AND $1.00 BATH SPONGE. THE CREAMS SAID $5 VALUE 50% OFF.. SO THAT IS $3.50 BASKET.. SHAME ON STONYBROOK PTA

Anonymous said...

If only organizers would read these posts. I believe so many have never even been to a TT. How can we expect them to run a successful one?

I have decided to only go to a few a year now. Only the ones I know are good. So many have been just plain boring, couldn't wait for the night to end.

Anonymous said...

With or without you, these events will be successful. You're just spiting yourself. Stay home.

Anonymous said...

Franklin Park School PTO
Tricky Tray/Basket Bonanza
Saturday May 16th at
Franklin Park School
30 Eden St., Franklin Park, NJ
Doors open at 6:00 drawing begins at 7:30

Pre Sale tickets $10 (includes sheet of Level 1 tix) $12 at the door.
email: fpsbasketauction@hotmail.com or call
917-796-0898 for tickets

Three prize levels including:
Disney World tickets, Nintendo DSi, weekend in Wildwood, horseback riding camp, American Girl doll and lots more!

Anonymous said...

May 5, 836pm blogger

If these events are successful as you say....there would be no need for this site.
You sound like one of the clueless organizers written about here.
You are in lala land.

Anonymous said...

They were successful before this site, thats why this site was created. All events can not cater to everyones liking. Some people will leave unhappy. They do what they can, obviously trying their best, to raise money. I, and probably hundreds of others, happen to like bent tickets and ortho trays. Your opinion is not law.

Anonymous said...

"Your opinion is not law" Huh???

Enough already. This is a place to discuss likes and dislikes regarding tricky trays. Nothing more.

You can keep your ortho trays and bend your tickets all you want. When you win the ortho tray we'll know who you are!

Anonymous said...

We went to Ridgefield Park Fire Dept TT last night. They had some nice prizes, food was good. Prices were a little bit high but not outrageous. What we couldn't believe was what happened at the very end. It came time for the 50/50 and the caller said 888...8..8..8 and a woman started yelling she had won. Again he said 888...8..8..8 and she was saying I won. Then he said 888...947 or whatever the number was. He then laughed at the woman who thought she had won when he was saying 888..888. I dont understand what he was doing. He obviously thought it was funny because he maybe had a few drinks? No one else in the whole place thought it was funny. That was a mean and nasty thing to do to someone.

Anonymous said...

We went to the Father John's TT in Sparta last night. It was run very well. No bent tickets signs were posted. They didn't have an intermission (thank goodness) and ticket prices were good. 6 sheets for $20. The special prize tickets were a bit steep. Overall, a very nice Tricky Tray!

Anonymous said...

Went to the FOSRAS TT last night in Manville. Best Tricky Tray Ever! Reasonable prices, free hot appitizers, coffee/tea and deserts. Caller was Fantastic! They called 400 Fabulous prizes in 2.5 hours. Hope this becomes an annual event!

Anonymous said...

Went to St. James in Woodbridge last night. We haven't been there in a few years and was surprised how poor the prizes were. The prices were fine but they used to have a lot more prizes and still we got out so late! Too many door prizes that they could have thrown in the small baskets.

Anonymous said...

TO ANONYMOUS 5-8-09 @ 11:17AM,

Don't group me in with the bent tix people. I like the ortho trays since I have 2 children and a husband that does not have dental. If I was to win all the dental ones don't think it's me. I am the 1st or 2nd to complain about the bent tix. Also I was asked alot of ?'s for the FORAS TT that went of without a hitch and apparently was a wonderful event. I was also asked on another TT to help with the organizing of the nights events. Before you go accusing me of bent tix make sure you watch who puts in for them then check the bag or canister for bent tix before thinking it's me.

Anonymous said...

I want to comment on the TT I attended on Friday at the NJEXPO, for St. Francis. I have been going for the last 3 years and feel that the quality of items in each basket were not as nice as previous years. I found the ticket prices for the regular trays to be good, ($5.00) per sheet, but every level above those were A LOT for what they were giving. Although I heard it to be A HUGE success (they raised over 70k, rummor has it), maybe for next year go back to sheets of tickets for each level, not so much as $5.00 per TICKET, etc.

Anonymous said...

North Jersey Avalanche Tricky Tray
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Grand Chalet
1377 Rt. 23 South
Wayne, New Jersey
Doors Open 5:30 pm
Drawing at 7:00 pm

This will be the event to go to. About 300 baskets. See details and prizes on this site under "events". $30 dinner/$50per couple. Tickets will be shaken in closed container.

gabyzee said...

Thanks to the poster who attended the FOSRAS tricky tray this past Friday, May 8th. And thanks to everyone who attended and made the event such a huge success.

Since it was our first TT, we'd LOVE to hear any feedback, construction criticism, etc. from anyone who attended.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Don't get so excited over the ortho prizes. They are not such a great deal. Their "value" is $300.00. My kids had ortho work done and it was over $5000.00.
It's a great way for the orthodontist to get new customers from this donation. That's a nice return for the orthodontist.

PS the last TT with 4 ortho prizes had only one or two tickets in them. One basket had no tickets in it.

Anonymous said...

Don’t know if you keep any reviews, but I just wanted to comment about the Tricky Tray I went to at the VFW in Manville on Friday, 5/8. It was sponsored by the animal shelter in Bridgewater. It was one of the best tricky tray’s I’ve ever been to including my own. It had a wide variety of prizes, was well laid out, with plenty of room between the prizes as well as seating for the evening, had complementary hors d’oeuvres, and was reasonably priced. I live in Middlesex and have been to the “BEST” tricky tray at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin the past 2 years, and although their prizes are better, they are overcrowded and higher-priced. I will definitely go again if the animal shelter makes theirs an annual event.

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