Thursday, October 07, 2010

About That Tricky Tray.. I Just Want To Say_Chapter 14 (Closed)

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KathyH said...

We still haven't decided out grand and super grand prices but need to decide this weekend so we can get the program done and copies.

As for your racehorse event, I am not sure I understand totally. Do your volunteers want the entire amount of the money for the tickets sold to go to your cause? People need to have an incentive to buy tickets and winning money is a big incentive. I find that while people may support a cause, they will support it more if they get something back.

Anonymous said...

Heading to JFK Tricky Tray tomorrow night in Iselin. Anyone else going??

KathyH said...

We finally made a decision on our grand prize prices. We looked as some programs from recent TTs and feel they are in line.

Our grand prize (value $450-$750) tickets will be $5 each or value of 5 tickets for $20.

The super grand prize (value $1000) tickets will be $10 or value of 3 tickets for $25 or 4 for $30. Can't remember what we decided on the value.

Trickytraycherry I am not sure I understand what you are asking in regards to the horse race. I agree with your coworkers in that you are there to raise funds, but also agree that if people think they will win big they are more inclined to buy tickets.

trickytraycherry said...

Sorry I didnt reply sooner - we are thinking about selling horses (names) for $5 each, similar to a birthday raffle where you pick your date. Then after we sell say, 100, we would have $500. I wanted to give all $500 as the prize, or split it into 2 or 3 smaller amounts like 350, 150, 50. My co chairs say we should give them half and we keep half, but I just thought a bigger prize amount to be given might draw more people.

When and where is your tricky tray?

KathyH said...

Okay, I'll try this a third time, posted twice before and never showed up.

We decided on our grand and super grand prices. We did it based on pricing at a bunch of recent, local tricky trays.

Grands will be $5 each with a value of 5 tickets for $20. Super grand will be $10 each with a value of 3 tickets for $20. Personally I think you could even do 3 tickets for $25 or 4 tickets for $30.

Trying to not scare away ticket buyers but to encourage them to buy a number of value packs.

Deciding on pricing is tough as you don't want to give them away. But I've also been to a bunch of recent TTs where prices were so high I bought hardly any tickets, and I do spend a fair amount at these things.

As for your horse racing thing, people buy tickets/horses so they can get something back. In most cases people don't really care about the cause. But we hard to raise money for the cause so have in my opinion dividing in half what each gets or maybe a little more skewed towards the winner would be good. I have to assume it is just a side thing and not the bulk of where your proceeds will come from.

KathyH

trickytraycherry said...

Your prices seem fair and in line with what is out there. I think the Supers can be 3 for $25.

What are your value pack prices?

And hey, when is yours?

Anonymous said...

Three events on the same night in the same town, Bergenfield 5/6. Which should we go to? Organizers, please let us know how many prizes and what kinds so we can decide. I would imagine with so much action in one town, the odds should be pretty good all around. Bergenfield groups should talk to each other, three others had events last month as well. I can't afford to go to them all. We did good at the one last week, but not as good as the two sitting next to us who must have spent easily over $200 each based on how many tix they had. If you ever wonder why some people seem to win so much, I think it has a lot more to do with how many tix they buy and not so much with cheaters. Good luck all.

Anonymous said...

Okay, just realized I had to go to the next page to see my new posts. Duh to me!

Our tricky tray is 5/14 in Manville. Our last one was in 2009 and after that one we decided to only have them every other year. One it is a ton of work, and two we thought that if we hold every year eventually our donations will lessen and our baskets will suffer because of it. I've been to some tts where is is their third year or so, the first year they have great baskets but by the third year baskets are meager.

In 2009 we did get first runner up for tt of the year and OLMV only narrowly beat us out.

Our TT has been sold out since March 8th and we currently have a wait list.

Time is getting close so we are starting to get nervous. I always worry when holding any fundraiser. You just really want everything to go right.

We work really hard to do that. We have done a ton of research to figure out what works and what doesn't and try to make it the best it can be.

KathyH

Anonymous said...

HI, heads up on where to go Sunday afternoon, June 5th. I just got my tickets, and this is a first time event for this group. It is sponsored by former NBA great Ron Harper, and they've got gifts galore. BUT, and this is where it is great for us, they don't have great outreach for ticket sales, and that is kicking up the odds of us winning big time!!! Needless to say, they will have some of the best NBA memorabilia, and they have a Disney trip that includes airfare, passes and 3 days accomodations at the park...value is over $2 grand. And it's only a 4 hour event...noon-4...so don't miss this one...sounds like a good one for us!!!!

Anonymous said...

The June 5th event addressed above is the one listed for the Give & Go Foundation. The basketball club is Ring City. They help girls who know how to play basketball get into college on scholarships and they provide tutoring so they meet high academic standards. One of our girls got accepted into Yale, and at least 15 others got full scholarships to 4 year colleges in the last 2 years. This is a great project to support. Please join us on June 5th. And if you have a young lady age 14-17 who can play basketball, bring her along and meet the coaches!

Anonymous said...

Went to the Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Tricky Tray on Sat. 5/14 - It was an awesome event, baskets were beautiful, ticket calling was super quick and the event was well organized. Good job.

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KathyH said...

Thank you for the nice remarks about our Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter TT this past Saturday.

A lot of hard work from a lot of volunteers went in putting it together. We also have gone to a lot of TTs to figure you what makes a good TT vs a poorly run one.

We welcome any comments, positive and constructive critcism. Our next TT will be in 2013 and we aim to have that one be even better than this one.

We already know a couple of changes we need to make, add a couple more ticket selling tables, add another 50/50 seller team and move the door prize stub jar away from the ticket tables.

Otherwise we feel things ran pretty smoothly.

Thank you to everyone who attended. We hope you had a great time.
KathyH

trickytraycherry said...

Our Triple Crown Tricky Tray (11/12/11) tickets are NOW ON SALE FOR TRICKY TRAY.COM PEOPLE ONLY!!!
We are opening ticket sales for you NOW! Also, Trifecta Pack Vouchers (value packs) are on presale as well. $54 worth of tickets for $50 - save $4, but more of a convenience so you dont have to worry about buying a Trifecta Pack the night of the event. They will also be $54 that night.
Parties of 8, 9 & 10 may reserve a table with your payments, but those tables are limited.
Please contact me at triplecrowntrickytray@mail.com for tickets. Thanks!

Check out our updated listing with new prizes.

trickytraycherry said...

So sorry! I was looking at an old paper. Our Trifecta Packs of tickets have $48 worth of tickets and we will pre sell them for $45, and they will be $48 that night. Sorry for the confusion and misprint.

julie

Anonymous said...

A newbie here! :) We are attending a Tricky Tray on Friday night that is dessert and coffee only. Not quite sure what we can bring for dinner - any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!!! -- Cristina

Anonymous said...

Went to a TT last night St Anthony's, Bergenfield that was full of prizes over 300, baskets packed, beautifully wrapped, 7 Grand Prizes, won a Marriott stay two nights valued at $700 for $30. No one was bidding on high level prizes, people there were just using white when the great prizes were an open door. Best one in awhile!

Anonymous said...

TT last night was fantastic! St. Anthony's Great quality, needed to spend a little more but worth it! Won tickets to YABKEES! Great prizes!

Anonymous said...

Went to the Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Tricky Tray on Sat. 5/14 also. I thought it was too crowded for sure. Should limit it to less people as we were like sardines in there! Prizes were very good! Caller was very good! Food was good, would have been nice to get a ticket for one free soda. Oh & diet sodas were sold out super quick, so they need to buy more of those next time.

All in all a very good time though. Don't know I would nominate it for Best Tricky Tray though, been to better ones.

Anonymous said...

Just got home from Somerville Tricky tray and all I can say is SHENANIGANS!! First the "50/50" was on the price list as 12 for $5, but when you tried to buy we were told they were $10. It also said it was a progressive jackpot. When we all asked THREE separate workers what that meant, we were told they didn't know but would find out. They decided to explain to all right before they announced the 50/50 that progressive meant there would be three winners in a 1st 2nd 3rd place scenario. So you didn't actually win 50percent?!?! Better yet, when you added up the three prizes, it didnt equal 50 percent. The more annoying/shady part... Has anyone ever heard of an event where after they close the ticket dropping to the public, they then allow the staff to have their own ticket drop? Every tricky tray I have ever been to required the staff to either drop tickets before or with the public. It limits the sense of impropriety. All in all everyone (winners and non winners) were complaining that the whole event was shady. Maybe they should work on this if they want to have a successful fourth year.

Anonymous said...

I also went to St. Anthony's Bergenfield, two of three of us one a prize, one first level and one 2nd level. it was ok, not great, the tix prices were way over priced. People weren't playing the high levels for a reason. it would have cost well over $100 to play them. and seriously, how dare you give a cut sheet, first level was $20 for 15 tix, they tore off 2 rows or $2 for one tix, how did you manage that? I like when it is a few dollars a sheet and 3 for $10 or so. People are going to generally spend a certain amount at an event. If you overprice the tix, then you just make people feel shortchanged. I think the fact that the 50'/50 was relatively low supports this. I spent $55 dollars on entry and a pkg. It only included on 3rd level and no 4th level. and only 15 for the first level. I may have actually spent another $20 or so if I could have gotten more than one ticket for it. I went to yours 3 yrs ago, I don't remember it being overpriced then

Anonymous said...

Well I went to Randolphville School in Piscataway the other night. Must have been 150 people at least. Lots of kids, from practically newborn and up, all running in the halls out of control. Kids that were giving out the prizes looked like 4th or 5th graders, never checked the matching tickets..There was no sign telling you even where the auction was (which room), no signs as if everybody should know..Prizes were decent but too many kids, really. I would not recommend this one and believe the gaming commision should be called.

KathyH said...

Thank you for the feedback on the Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter tricky tray. We do appreciate it.

Already have in the notes that next time, more diet soda. At our first TT two years ago we had tons of left over soda, this year we had almost none.

As for a coupon for a free soda, we feel that we already give a lot of added value with the $15 admission. You get the standard level one ticket, coffee and tea, desserts plus hot appetizers which also included full size hot dogs. Also everyone got a bag of Herrs chips. We pay for all of the above, none of it is donated so figured if people had to buy a soda for a $1 they wouldn't mind too much.

And point taken about the number of people. Honestly our committee went back and forth a million times on how many people to allow. We had a wait list that started on March 8th. The hall set up for 376 people and we had 350 tickets sold. Out of that 350 tickets, 16 of those were volunteers who never took a seat. So there were 42 empty chairs scattered throughout the hall, and we still had people we did not call from the wait list.

The only way we could make it less crowded would be to remove a row of tables and sell only 300 tickets.

Honestly we did try to maximize the money raised. Due to municipal budget cuts the Friends group this year has had to pick up an extra $30,000 in medical expenses over and above what we give to the shelter every year. That covers the lives of a lot of animals. I realize that most people when attending a TT don't care that much about the cause, they just want to win. I'm guilty of that too.

We tried to make as much money as we could without making everyone feel too crammed in. I'm sorry that you were squished.

Thank you to everyone who attended, we didn't reach our fundraising goals but that just means we'll have to work harder throughout the year.
KathyH

trickytraycherry said...

**Tickets for our Triple Crown Tricky Tray (11/12/11) go on public sale tomorrow, June 1, 2011.** Thank you to all of the TT.COM people who requested tickets. All requests received before Monday were mailed out today. We wait u ntil Saturday and mail out tickets on Mondays.
There are still plenty of tickets if you are interested, but we will sell out so please email us at triplecrowntrickytray@mail.com for ticket information.


Trifecta Pack Vouchers (value packs) are on presale as well. $48 worth of tickets for $45 - save $3, but more of a convenience so you dont have to worry about buying a Trifecta Pack the night of the event. They will also be $48 that night.
Parties of 8, 9 & 10 may reserve a table with your payments, but those tables are limited.

Check out our updated listing with new prizes. Keuring and Kindle have arrived. Coloina Golf & Country Club donated a round of golf for 4 and cart rental for the day - $450 value!

Reillyc2563 said...

Hi All
Just wanted to say something about the "6 Hours Trick Tray in Jersey City for "animals Need You" on Jan 30, 2011. I was part of the team who ran it. The 5 women who volunteered to run it never did this before and worked together before. To say that "Murphy's Law" was with us every step of the way - says it all. We were hit by the flu, snow storms, car break downs, help and gifts, food/soda donations and promised gifts that never happened or came in the day of the event. Never-the-less - The Animal lovers that came were very generous, the women who cooked last minute did a great job and we were able to buy lots of food and vet care for the street animals we care for. Our second event in April was much better and better organized.(thank goodness)and we promise to get better each time we have an event. Thank you all who attended - Thank you for your support.

Anonymous said...

to Reillyc2563,
We were at that TT. We know all the things that were going on there and we totally understand what you had to overcome to make the event happen. The only REAL Problem, the problem that made it a 6 hour event, was the caller/head of the event. She clearly had her own agenda with disregard for what the attendees were going through for hours. She dressed in a very revealing gown and decided this was going to be a social event with her as the star. People were begging her to get started to no avail. She continued to socialize, visit every table and chat and jump up on the platform and make idiotic comments. When she finally got going it was like pulling teeth to get through each prize as she called out to friends, made jokes etc. Finally and mercifully, someone decided to take a microphone and start calling from the floor leaving her on stage telling them to bring all the gifts to her to call. We are animal lovers who will continue to support your group and events but PLEASE we only beg of you to find another way for her to volunteer besides calling. I understand she works hard for your very good cause but it is not fair to expect people to pay money to watch her perform. There are many clubs and other venues to choose from if she wants to perform on an amateur level.

Anonymous said...

However much I love animals, I'm glad to not have attended the 6 hr event. There is no cause worth that much time.
There is also no event that the organizers do not put in untold hours/days/weeks/months of effort. The key here, is UNTOLD. We are attending for the event (stop - do not go further). Too many committees, usually first timers, feel the need to impress everyone with what they feel was an extraordinary effort that they put in. Some commttees purchase gifts for themselves (as a thank you) while others present armsfull of roses and rounds of applause. It all takes time and detracts from the actual cause.
These events are not about the committee. If you want to have a comedy fundraiser, hire a commedian.
Just draw those numbers fairly and get on with announcing the winners.
because we do share info like that and there are always alternative events for the TT enthusasts.

Anonymous said...

I attended the Passaic County CASA Tricky Tray on Monday, June 6 since I had gone to the one the year before. Much better this year. They had a bigger space and more prizes. Good variety of prizes. Only problem was the amount of time between the start of the event, 6:00 pm and when they started calling, around 8 pm. Should have started calling at 7:30.

Anonymous said...

No one seems to be posting any more. What's up with that?
I saw lots of TT regulars at the Mt Olive event last weekend. The committee for this years event stepped up their game and the prizes were plentiful and higher value. Unfortunately they more than doubled the ticket prices for regular trays. I'm thinking the prize value stepped up to where normal TTs are and they should consider the normal price of $5 for sheets with a maybe 5 for #20.
What I really expected to see posted was comments about the shifting of tickets in the big prize area. There was a large basket of several bottles of wine next to a private dance lesson. The placement of that particular big prize table along with no lids on the containers allowed for the mysterious migration of large amounts of tickets from the overflowing wine prize to the ignored dance lesson prize. By the time winners were drawn, the dance lesson prize had twice as many tickets as the wine basket.

Heads up TT committees! People cheat, whether they are the sweet greatgrandmother walking with a cane, your overworked committee members or the TT junkie who buys hundreds of dollars of tickets. Times are tough and some feel that cheating at these charitable events is a victimless crime. Look at the police reports and see how shoplifting has increased. Keep your events fair.

Anonymous said...

Went to TT in Dunellen last night for Friends of the Dunellen Library. Had a great time. Great pricing and they had Airline tickets and Disney passes. The saxophone player was a nice touch to go along with the Mardi Gras theme. The caller was very efficient and I was very happy at the way the tickets were being shook so well. Also, they had alot of door prizes. Overall the TT was extremely organized.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Dunellen report. We regretted not getting our tickets lined up before the event sold out.

Reillyc2563 said...

I want to thank all those who attended the "For the Love of Animals" emergency TT at St. Michaels, in Bayonne, on Sat. 6/25Hosted by the Hudson County Animal League. We hope you had a good time and won a prize or two. This was our first time posting on TT.com and I love reading the posts and comments you all have on the Tricky Trays you have attended. We think it went well, please let us know your comments. Thanks for coming and for your support to help the animals we care for.

trickytraycherry said...

Hey everyone! Just a quick update for our Triple Crown Tricky Tray.
Our Kindle and Barnes & Noble gift card basket, our Cricut and our Pandora bracelet with charms have all arrived!
We are filling ticket requests on a weekly basis, so once you send your request, you should have your tickets within a week to 10 days.

Remember to note on the request form that you would like a copy of the porogram emailed to you ahead of time...saves times and lets you know EXACTLY where you want to go and where those prizes will be located.

Tickets still available, reservations of tables for groups of 8 or more are filling up quickly.

Thanks everyone, hope to see you in November!

Anonymous said...

Just a heads up = there is a tricky tray 7/23 at Chubb Park 4H fair. I know - hot hardly describes our weather and you will be sitting under a large tent. They have various food including my fave funnel cake at the fair food booths.

TrickyTrayCherry said...

To all of you Facebook users - join our Triple Crown Tricky Tray Events page and see what some of our prizes look like and stay up to date on new prizes and information. Go to the search box on the top of your Facebook page and type in Triple Crown Tricky Tray and choose the one with the black crown picture where it says EVENTS. (The community page is ours too but we post more on the Events one.) Updated pictures and information is posted regularly.

Tickets still available. All trickytray.com ticket requests have been filled as of 7/25. If you do not receive your tickets by Friday 7/29 please contact me.

Hope to see you there! TripleCrownTrickyTray@mail.com

Anonymous said...

Going to a Tricky Tray in Jersey City at the Mt. Carmel Church Cafeteria on Saturday 8/20. It is only $10 and a few cans of cat food to get in. It is for the Hudson County Animal League Group. A sheet of tickets and coffee and goodies all nit long. I win every time I go to this event. Well organized, prizes nice, girls who run it are nice and it helps the rescued cats in Hudson County. A good thing.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering if any one knows of other PA events. Memory says in past summers there were several TTs held in N NJ and across in PA that haven't been listed yet. Yes - it's been along time since the last event.

trickytraycherry said...

Less than 80 tickets available for our Triple Crown Tricky Tray on 11/12/11. Dont get left behind! Hundreds of fantastic prize baskets, large 50/50, and reasonable ticket prices. We have decided to sell "sheets" of tickets for every level. Only 5 or 6 GRAND PRIZES ($300+) and you will get 26 tickets per sheet for $20. WOW! Some TT charge $5 per ticket for grand or 5 for $25 but we are offering 26 tickets for $20.
Some prizes wrapped and ready are: Lenox items, Waterford crystal, Baskets of Cheer, several Coach bags, wallets and wristlets, Vera Bradley items, Pandora bracelet, Kindle basket, Hotel overnights, Atlantic City Trip, Keuring basket, Cricut package,appliances, electronics, Colin Cowie housewares, 42" tv, Tablet, Grill, Gazebo, patio sets, $500 Visa Gift card and many other gift cards and gift certificates. Run for the Roses, Calendar Raffles, Club 500 and more! Email us at TripleCrownTrickyTray@mail.com before we sell out. See you at the races!!!

Anonymous said...

Just wondered if any other TT organizers had been contacted by a John Beck offering a discount on accommodations at Walt Disney World ...Disey World Rental at Diamond on the Island?

trickytraycherry said...

Yes, we have been. Seems people read the blogs and then email offering discounts. Not a fan of these types of offers because they arent real prizes. What do others think of this?

Anonymous said...

I won the Diamond on the Island a couple years ago from John Beck. It was a 2 day stay. We were going down to stay ith family and then planned to spend the last 2 days at his rental. I cant remember exactly what time check 9in was, but lets say 4pm. We got there 1/2 hour early, went to the office and registered and then went to the house. No one was there and no one had stayed there for a few days prior to our arrival. About an hour after we were in the property the phone rang and it was John Beck calling from NJ. He asked why we went in 1/2 hour early. Apparently he has a neighbor spying and calling him with the comings and goings of renters. That was enough to creep me out. We left and went back to my sisters house. The house was nice enough but he is weird and creepy. I wouldnt stay there, recommend it or try to win it again if I see it at a TT.

Anonymous said...

Has no one blogged here since April? The new TT season is starting up..any ideas as to where to go for the most fun? Also, please share with us any tricky tray events that you know are coming up, but that aren't listed on this site...Thanks and hope you have a great TT season.

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