Finding Sponsors for Your Casino Fundraiser

So you have decided to do a casino party fundraiser!  While you will make significant dollars from ticket sales to the overall event and even from the purchase of chips to play the games throughout the evening, the real key to generating income for your non-profit will be through obtaining sponsorships.

The more successful fundraisers obtain individual table sponsors as well as a lead or title sponsor/s for the entire event. This may seem challenging to those non-profits that do not have a dedicated development department that is used to doing fundraising. However, if you give yourself enough lead time and with a bit of leg work, getting event sponsors can be achieved.  Here are a few tips to help you based on experience…

Use Your Existing Network  –  Begin by engaging your board members as well as employees, volunteers, and existing partners to determine what connections they may have in the local community. Ask them to provide introductions to potential sponsors or join you in doing a presentation.

Do your homework – This applies on many levels. To begin with, know what your potential sponsors are looking for – name recognition, attendance numbers, association with your non-profit, etc. Tailor your sponsorship packages to their needs!

In addition, see what kind of businesses other events are recruiting for sponsorships, and research ideas for sponsorship opportunities – casino table sponsor, the title sponsor, food and beverage sponsors, etc.

Obtaining Media Sponsorships – Getting a media sponsorship is a great way to help spread the word about your event. Exercise caution here as they may want some sort of exclusivity preventing you from developing a border marketing plan. In general, this is a great way to save if you have a limited advertising budget and media outlets will look for opportunities to engage with the community in a live setting,  It will not, however, generate direct revenue.

Detail Sponsor Benefits – While each sponsor have different needs, and it is key to understanding your relationship with a specific donor, you will still want to outline a list of potential benefits companies will receive from sponsoring your event. Benefits can range from exposure to potential customers and media at your event to inclusion in event signage, advertising, social media, and viral marketing efforts, on-site sampling, VIP passes, and special recognition.

Customize Your Pitch – As previously stated, it is important to do your homework and know what your sponsor is looking for. Develop a strategy rather than a single sponsorship template, this way you can create a unique package that compliments the prospects brand and business goals.

Manage The Relationship: Once you get a sponsorship, be sure they are treated well! Dedicate a point person on your committee or team to ensure all agreed to obligations are met. This can range from obtaining sponsor logos to getting approval on collateral materials and press releases. Managing communications is key to having a successful sponsorship but also in cultivating a future donor.

Event re-cap & THANK YOU – once the event has concluded don’t forget to send a thank you to your sponsors. Emails may be nice but a handwritten note goes a lot further!  You will also want to send them under a separate cover or email an event re-cap that outlines the success of the event including event attendance, money raised, press coverage, copies of ads, event photos, etc.

Delaware Casino Parties has had over 30 years of experience in helping non-profits cultivate sponsorships and manage donor relations to achieve maximum results from events hosted with us.  Give us a call or email us to see how we can help you with your next fundraiser.

Found A Cheaper Price Elsewhere? Here is what you should know!

Budgets for any event are key as well as getting the best price available.  Chances are you will be getting at least three quotes for your upcoming event and the internet makes searching for a vendor even easier than before.

BUT NOT ALL QUOTES ARE ALIKE!  In our own search of market prices for casino events in the region, we have been quoted rates that were significantly less than our own.  In fact, we found it very difficult to understand how they could even operate at such a low cost until we dug a bit deeper as to what we were actually quoted!

So here are some questions you should be asking when you get what seems to be a great price quote –

  1. Is the price all inclusive. Many times the rate being advertised is merely for the gaming table and does not include the cost of the dealers, set up, delivery or other necessary services to fulfill your event. At Delaware Casino Parties, our prices are all-inclusive and there are never any hidden fees.
  2. Are the gaming tables full size, professional tables that are well maintained? We found one competitor that offered a craps table for half our rate, but it was also half the size. Another company was simply setting up regular folding tables and laying poker or blackjack laydowns (felt coverings) on top of the tables. At Delaware Casino Parties, we only use professional, full-size gaming tables that are regularly cleaned and maintained.
  3. Are the dealers truly professionals? Many companies make this claim, but their dealers are not licensed or experienced. We found many of the so-called dealers being paid minimum wage with the promise of tips. All too often these were simply friends or acquaintances who knew how to play cards. At Delaware Casino Parties our dealers are our strength. We only use professional, experienced dealers and we pay them accordingly insuring that you get 110% at all times. Many of our staff have been with us for ten or more years and have set the standard in the industry.
  4. How long has the company been in business?  While there may be a few good startups out there, many have neither the experience or years in the special event business. Executing a casino party is more than just playing card games, it is understanding room layouts, traffic flow, advanced planning, guest relations, branding, fundraising, experiential marketing and more. At Delaware Casino Parties, we have over 30 years of experience in both event planning and running casino parties.
  5. Is the company reliable?  There is nothing worse than worrying about when your vendor is going to show up, will they be set up in time and how things will ultimately look and run once everything is in place. Will all the staff be there in time, presentable and ready to go before your guests arrive?  Have you checked their references? At Delaware Casino Parties, we have an impeccable and proven track record for reliability!  We go out of our way to always be ahead of schedule, allowing time for traffic or other last-minute complications that may arise as with any event.  The last thing we want is for you to have to worry at all!
  6. Is the company licensed and operating according to state laws?  The last thing you want is for your event to be shut down or raided by state authorities.  There are different regulations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for both corporate events and especially for fundraisers!  For instance, in New Jersey and Delaware the casino company must be licensed and approved for casino based fundraisers.  At Delaware Casino Parties, we are fully licensed in all of the states in which we operate. Our casino coordinator is even state and FBI background checked and many of our dealers have state licenses in addition to background checks.  Don’t be fooled by some companies that “borrow” a license from another agency by hiring one of their dealers. It just is not the same!
  7. Is the company local?  With the internet, there is a host of out of state companies branding themselves as operating locally. Essentially, they are subcontracting services from other smaller local companies.  To maintain their profit margins and come in at lower prices, they are less concerned with the quality of the gaming tables and staff often subcontracting sight unseen.. At Delaware Casino Parties, we have offices in both Philadelphia and New Jersey with boots on the ground to be sure quality is maintained at all times.

Party with A Purpose

Summertime is full of gatherings and parties for all occasions.  It is also a time when the office blues can set in as workers gaze out their windows at the sun with thoughts of vacations and trips down the shore they are missing out on from their cloistered cubicles.  Perhaps, it is time to boost employee morale!

Company picnics, while having served a purpose in the past, have become too cumbersome and expensive in today’s world of overworked, overstressed employees and executives.  However, company-wide events still have their place when they have meaning, build community and offer marketing opportunities.

The solution, events with a purpose!  Planning an event which builds your team effort while supporting a charity or cause can have a huge impact on employee morale and your bottom line!

Such charitable events have an added benefit, they provide networking and marketing opportunities while also increasing the business’s presence in the community. Encouraging employee participation becomes effortless as each person feels as though they are helping to make a difference.

To be most effective, a business must first choose the right cause or charity to support. They key is to find a charity that is relevant to the company’s own mission statement. The cause should also be relevant to the community in which the business has a presence to have a greater impact.

The planning of your charitable event can be made seamless and effortless by using such turnkey operations as Delaware Casino Parties.  Once you have selected a venue (on site or off site), they will provide everything that is needed to raise funds for your charity while offering employee team building and opportunities for networking.  They provide a full range of gaming tables with professional dealers, all the accessories and a coordinator to walk you through every step of the way.  Fully licensed and insured in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, the staff at Delaware Casino Parties have over a thirty-year history of being experts in raising charitable funds, building community, developing teamwork, providing networking opportunities and creating fun and exciting events that have become annual giving traditions for many companies in the region.

They now even offer an opportunity for viewing Virtual Reality or 360 Videos about your selected charity on site during the event through their affiliate company Philly VR.  This is a great way to not only share but show a business’ involvement with the charity of choice!

Bottom line, through charitable events, a business can increase its local visibility while also improving employee morale. In the process, businesses can also increase worker retention, which can save thousands of dollars each year. Local charitable organizations will likely be more than happy to work with any business, small or large, interested in sponsoring an event and promoting their cause.

Delaware Casino Parties for Weddings – Philadelphia Magazine

12 Ways to Entertain Guests at Your Wedding That Aren’t Dancing Make your reception (even more!) fun with these games and activities.

 

Casino Games

A Blackjack or Craps table will surely liven up your celebration for those who aren’t particularly interested in the “normal” wedding activities. Delaware Casino Parties has 30 years of parties under their belts and are ready to set up shop at your celebration with all of the equipment, paperwork, and personnel needed. The best part? You don’t have to feel guilty about your guest’s spending (or more importantly, losing) money — there’s no actual wagering at the shindig. View their eight packages here, or create your own 

Team Building through playing Poker

If you want your team to gain an edge, build their confidence, and develop tough negotiating skills, then get them to the poker table. That’s right, the poker table! The skills learned at the poker table parallel the competencies needed for professional success.

Your team will learn such skills as –

  • How to negotiate your way into or out of anything
  • How to increase your power and confidence
  • Read and interpret non-verbal cues
  • Become more bold and assertive
  • Manage risk and recover from loss
  • Think out of the box and out of your comfort zone

Never Played Before?   Not A Problem!
Our hand-picked dealers are also master instructors and will have your groups learning the ins and outs of the game in no time.  We offer the option to start each session with a one hour instructional period before actual tournament play.

Once the lessons are over, its tournament time!  Break up your participants into teams for a no time limit tournament.  We take care of everything for you –  the tournament ladder, table assignments, blinds, countdown timer and officiating. We even offer a second chance tournament for those knocked out of the game early on.

You can choose to play for bragging rights or a tournament team trophy or even have the teams compete to have a donation made to a charity of choice.

Groups can range from 27 players to 300 players in sessions that average 3-4 hours and costs less than $40 per person.

Give us a call today to learn more about how Poker Team Building from Delaware Casino Parties can improve your team’s skills and your bottom line – Tel. 484-469-0288

Benefits of Having Your Company Holiday Party in January

Have you considered the possibility of having your company holiday party in January While this may sound unusual, more and more businesses are choosing to hold off on their hosting duties until after Christmas and New Years have passed.

There are many benefits to be had by following this trend –

  • For many companies and organizations, fourth-quarter earnings are crucial to the company’s bottom line and there is simply not enough time to plan or execute such an event.
  • Employees are more stressed out during the holidays, not only from work but also on a personal level between having to shop, plan vacations and family get-togethers. There simply is just not enough time. While holiday parties are a great time, everyone could use some breathing room in December.
  • January parties are more inclusive for those who may not celebrate Christmas.
  • It is a great way to kick off the New Year by thanking employees for a job well done. There is no better motivation or way to get employees charged for the year to come then by singing their praises.
  • Finding dates in January for venues and entertainment is considerably easier than during the height of the holiday season.
  • In January, venues will likely be less expensive and you can also save money on food and beverages.

No matter the specifics of your company culture, the opportunity for team members to meet and mingle with people they don’t normally get to talk to is one of the biggest benefits of the holiday party.   A Delaware Casino Party does just that! It provides a means for low-key conversation starters that allow employees and spouses/partners to easily chat each other up. This form of entertainment for your company party encourages social interaction over a friendly game of cards. Delaware Casino Dealers are experts at ensuring that all your guests are interacting, having fun and getting to know each other.

Add one of our photo booths with props to create even greater engagement with outgoing employees inviting more reserved people to take photos with them. It will provide lasting memories of the fun had by all.

With the current downward trend of employee engagement, it might be more important than ever for your business to not only host a holiday party but to use it as an opportunity to show employee appreciation and help team members to better get to know the company and each other. A Delaware Casino Party is a wonderful way to start out the new year on a positive note.

From the board room to the card room, women executives reign

Historically, poker has been labeled as primarily a “man’s game”. Well, things are changing! Just recently, Ema Zajmovic became the first-ever female champion of an open WPT Main Event.

Over the past six years, Delaware Casino Parties has produced more “all women” poker nights, tournament fundraisers and poker social events.  Most women participants in these functions are executives from area companies, who find these special evenings a great way to network and discuss common issues affecting women in the work place.

Delaware Casino Parties usually starts the evening with a free poker lesson to help the novice get started or for honing the skills of the more experienced player. From there, the evening converts to friendly play or tournament competition for a local charity.

The event is usually hosted/sponsored by a company or organization looking to network with other like minded groups.  Venues have ranged from the corporate office and board room to area hotels and restaurants with private facilities.  While playing with cash or cash prizes is prohibited by law, participants pay a fee for participating in the evening.  All proceeds are then donated to an area charity or non-profit organization.

Besides the value of networking with fellow women executives, poker offers valuable lessons in running a business. In a recent article in Fortune Magazine, the founder of Dress for Success and Crisis Text Line and former CEO of Do Something, Nancy Lubin stated “she learned many of her most valued business lessons playing poker. There’s something about learning to value your own hand, learning how to play your position at the table,” Lublin told moderator Jennifer Reingold, Fortune editor-at-large. Even more critical for women: “Learn how to fold, say goodbye to that hand, and move on. We hold on to stuff.”

According to Steven Weisz, founder of Delaware Casino Parties, “Women-only networking events have been commonplace at least since 1997, we have simply added a new twist. The best of our women only poker events are competitive, unencumbered by agenda, and have the right mix of people, often leading to lasting business relationships.”

To learn more about hosting your own “women only” poke event, visit www.phillycasinoparties.com or call 484-469-0288.

Annie Duke – Lessons from the card table

Annie Duke at Delaware Casino Parties Poker Event for Reason Foundation
at the Rittenhouse Hotel

“World Series of Poker Champion Annie Duke has made millions playing poker. Her trick? She’s found a way to put a number on what she can and cannot know. She tells us how we might take her math-minded ways away from the card table, and put them to use in the everyday gambles that steer life outside the casino.” – produced by Radiolab

A different and effective way to hone business skills

Delaware Casino Parties has been offering poker instructional sessions and tournaments to small to mid-size businesses for over twenty-five years to develop business skill sets for both employers and employees. Easily implemented as a mid-day company break, it requires minimal setup, time or expense but offers significant returns.

According to an article on Bloomberg’s Businessweek, poker pro Deepak Thandani stated that “people who are successful in poker have a lot in common with people who are successful in business.”  The fact of the matter is that from negotiations and risk assessment to strategic decision making, the game of poker has very practical applications for business, sales, company management, and entrepreneurship.

Here are just a few of the practical skill sets that are learned during Delaware Casino Parties poker tournaments and instructional sessions:

Calculating Risk
In poker and business, one is constantly calculating risk – measuring potential gains and losses. It involves assessment, math, and instinct to calculate when the odds are predominantly in your favor. It is the ultimate challenge in decision-making skills to come out ahead.

Reading People
Steven Weisz, the owner of Delaware Casino Parties, is a psychologist with advanced degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  “When you learn to play poker, you learn how to read and interpret a person’s body language. This skill is key for sales, customer interaction and organizational development. Unlike verbal interactions, reading body language can be far more revealing and honest.”

Producing Under Pressure
Everything about a poker tournament teaches you endurance and how to deal with pressure.  It is about focus, going the distance, and “sticktoitness” while under pressure. It is about dealing with short-term losses while striving for long-term gains.

Planning & Strategy
Poker and business are both about planning ahead and developing a strategy.  It is not only about developing these tools but implementing them.  Strategies developed must work consistently while still having enough flexibility to adapt to new situations and variables one may encounter.  It is also about evaluating your strategy and being able to evolve to be successful.

Sell…Sell…Sell
Good Poker players make the best sellers. They quickly evaluate their hand, what the other players at the table want and what they are prepared to hear. Business requires the same skill sets. It is about learning how to negotiate with others who have the same goals of coming out ahead.

Managing Your Money
Poker is about knowing your limits. In other words, it is about setting and defining goals before you begin to play the game. How much money is available and how long can you make it last. How do you invest your money to make more money? Can you risk short-term losses to achieve long-term gains? How well are you at defining risks?

Learning from Loss
Every poker player has lost a hand or a game at some point. The business world and sales is constantly dealing with loss and rejection. Every entrepreneur knows that loss is one of the best teachers and motivators for future success. Being able to stay calm and focused is key. What one learns is to avoid panic and to plan your next course of action. It builds confidence as you learn from your mistakes. Great poker players and business persons learn not to repeat the same mistakes!

Growth
Poker is about continually learning new skill sets. It is not about gambling and any true poker player will tell you it is not a game of chance. Poker, as with any business, is about developing tools and knowing how and when to best use them. It is about developing and deploying strategies. It is learning and observing new trends, understanding your competition, assessing your next move, making sound investment decisions, and learning when it’s time to walk away. It is a life long skill set that leads to continued growth and success.

Delaware Casino Parties
Instructional Poker Play & Tournaments for Business
$350 per table with a dealer for 4 hours.
Each table accommodates 9 players plus the dealer.
Available in greater Philadelphia region, New Jersey and Delaware
More information, contact Steven Weisz – phillycasinoparties@gmail.com
or visit their website at https://www.phillycasinoparties.com

 

Casino Games Improve Business Skills

What if you could have fun and improve your business skills at the same time?

One casino game in particular has been gaining notoriety for just that – POKER. While there is some amount of luck involved, the results of the game,are based on your skills as a player. Your business skills in particular!

Poker requires reading a situation, calculating odds and probabilities, and applying risk management concepts, the same concepts required in business. Two key elements are mathematics and psychology.

Mathematical skills are used to calculate the odds of winning with each particular hand, the odds of your opponents having a hand that beats yours, the optimal bet size, the long term return you’ll get by playing in a specific way and so on.

Psychology, on the other hand, is used to analyze the behavior of your opponents. You need to read when they are strong, when they are weak, when they are bluffing and so on. You also need to know when to bluff yourself, when to represent something you may not have. These are all the skills that you can use on business situations.

Some companies like SIG have adopted a company wide annual No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament to get employees to hone all these skills. It has been met with great success!

And of course, some of the most successful people are also poker players. Just ask Bill Gates and Barack Obama.

Ready for your own poker tournament or poker night?  Give us a call at 484-469-0288.