Preparing, Planning, and Bowling

So we had more than a busy weekend preparing for our event, hammering out the details, and finally throwing the First Annual Bowling for Wishes event.  Our day started at about 1 o’clock on Saturday when we started our drive down to Warwick.  We met up with Chris at his house and began putting together the gift baskets which we wanted to give away as raffle prizes.  We organized the prizes in a manner that we thought would make the most sense to be put together and gave the baskets creative names, but we weren’t even close to done yet.  Then we went to the dollar store with Chris to pick out decorations, another couple baskets, along with glow sticks and other essentials for the event.  We also went on a mission to find stamps, raffle tickets, and cellophane to wrap the baskets which was actually harder to find than anyone expected.  After we got all of the essentials we went to Chris’s shop to use his supplies and tools to put together the sponsorship boards and the raffle prizes board.  We each had our own tasks such as typing what needed to be printed, cutting the pieces of paper, gluing the pieces to the poster board, and laminating flyers.  Everything ended up looking great, but once again we were amazed by how much time was consumed.  Through all of this we made jokes, talked about the event, and generally had a good time.  When we finished at the shop, we went to Chris’s house again, put the finishing touches on the baskets and then ordered a feast of pizzas from one of our sponsors.  All in all, a good, fun, and productive day.

The next day we left for Warwick at 10:45 to pick up balloons for the event and gift cards for Chris and Dana.  We then went to Chris’s house to pick up the rest of the decorations and gift baskets we needed.  We then went to bowling alley and put up those decorations.  This included putting paper up on the glass doors to block the daylight, making a few last minute signs, hanging balloons at the entrances, setting up tables for the raffle and DJ, and speaking with the employees of the bowling alley so we could have the entire operation run smoothly.

Once the event started, time really began to fly.  People seemed to show up all at once buying their lanes and raffle tickets.  This time went by like a blur.  We did give away prizes for certain bowling competitions, we did an interview with a local newspaper, took pictures, attempted to video tape the important parts of the event and everyone seemed to have a fun time.  We did the raffle towards the end of the event and I think the prizes we had were definitely something the people at the event wanted.  After the raffle we had about another half hour of bowling and then cleaned up all the decorations we had put up and went out with our group for a Rhode Island specialty.  Hot wieners all the way, mousetraps, and coffee milk.  We went with Chris, his family, and some of the guys he works with at Tech 911 and had a good time with them.

Finishing the event has a bittersweet feeling.  We worked really hard and put a lot hours into this event so we are all delighted that it was a success, but at the same time now its over.  We all agreed to keep in touch and I look forward to seeing everyone again in the future.  It’s not goodbye, it’s I’ll see you later.


Event Completed Updated “What We’ve Raised Page”

Our event has come and gone and we thought yesterday was a great success! It was great to finally see our hard work go into action and finally realize the fruits of our labor over the entire semester! After our event we have made $1005! That has brought us to a grand total of $3,330.73 donated to Children’s Wishes this semester. It was a great feeling finally handing all that money over to Dana and Children’s Wishes and we were really happy with the outcome of our event. More details to come.

Check out the final “What We’ve Raised Page” to see a full breakdown of our progress throughout the semester!

What We’ve Raised Link


10 Hours of Planning & Hanging Out Together in Warwick

Mike, Pat, and I just returned from a ten hour, all-day outing to put everything together for our event tomorrow. Since we already have done all of the hardest work of getting the sponsors and raffle items, we thought today might be a few hours, but it ended up turning into the whole day. Yet, we got so much done and had a lot of fun hanging out together with Chris.

We went to Chris’s house and organized all of our raffle prizes to be grouped together to see how many more raffle baskets, clear wrap, and ribbons to buy. We typed up what each basket includes, typed up all of our sponsors (Platinum, Gold, and Silver), and typed up all of our sponsors’ logos for the table.

We piled in Chris’s truck and went store to store getting raffle tickets, decorations, presentation boards, raffle baskets, cellophane, ribbon, stamps, etc. After our shopping was done, we went to Chris’s office to use his printer and set up our boards. We had a blast taking turns printing, using the paper-cutter, and the laminator to make some amazing sponsor’s boards and a board that had a list of all 8 of our raffle baskets. We spent several hours there.

Then we went to pick up our last raffle item, which was a gift card to Chill-out-Loud, a frozen yogurt place. Of course, we also had to try out the flavors and toppings ourselves while we were there too ;). Then, we went back to Chris’s house to assemble all of our baskets and sit down for a nice meal of pizza and wings with he and his family.

I think I can speak for the entire group when I say that after all of the time and work we have put into the event, it is going to be bittersweet to see it end. We have become really close to each other and to Chris throughout this whole process. However, we also will be excited to have the stress and nerves of it behind us because we hope that after everything we have done, we have a full house tomorrow and bring Children’s Wishes lots and lots of money! Fingers crossed.

After a long day today, we only have another 12 hours before we get back together tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. to pick up balloons, some gifts that we want to buy Dana and Chris, and then head over to Chris’s to fill up the car with all the raffle items, decorations, and boards. Then we are going to be at the alley early to start setting up for our event, which starts at 3 and lasts until 7.

Busy weekend, we can only hope this work pays off!




Sunday Meeting

Our meeting on Sunday was easily one of the best meetings we had all year.  Liz had offered earlier in the week to make dinner for Mike and I and we could also have our regular meeting as well.  Dinner which consisted of chicken and pasta with sauce was absolutely delicious! Thank you Liz!  So it was nice that we all got to sit down and have a meal with each other and while we had dinner we talked about a few different subjects which for the most part did not have much to do with our project.  We talked about relay for life which Liz had put a great deal of time and effort into and we also talked about Mike’s job interview on Friday which went really well.  After dinner, we sat down and discussed what we were going to do in the upcoming weeks leading up to the event.  There is still quite a bit of work to be done, but we decided that this week is going to be our last push to make partnerships, and find sponsors before we begin to lay out our final plans for the event.  So we spent some time on Sunday focusing on making a timeline for the event day and thinking about what is going to need our time, focus, and energy that day and leading up to that day.

More Sponsors!! And our plan for the next week!

Our team has shifted its focus from sitting in our weekly meetings and planning our event to really get involved and getting things done. We’ve spent a lot of hours in the car driving between Warwick, East Providence and Cranston utilizing connections we’ve made. Being that none of us are from this area this initially seemed like to would be difficult, but if you read the previous posts, to our surprise we have found a lot of success!

Besides the list of sponsors from last week we are happy to announce a few more to our list!


Salon Valente                                     donated $25 gift card to our raffle.

Hooters                                                 donated 4 t-shirts, 4 coupons, 4 playing cards to our raffle

Character’s Café                                     donated $20 gift card to our raffle

Cameo Cakes                                     donated $25 gift card to our raffle

True Sent Candles                         donated a basket of candles to our raffle

Picasso’s Pizza Pub                         donated $50 gift card as well as a lane. They put up our table tents!

Faray Nails                                    donated $20 donation

Larry’s Liquors                                     donated a wine basket to our raffle.

Meadow Brook Lanes                        donated fountain soda and their facility as well

LDC                                                 donated $100 for sponsorship and possibly some jewelry


These are the places that we went to and immediately sponsored! There were many others that we went to that said they would give the proposal to their manager and get back to us! We are planning on returning to each of these places within the next week.


As Pat mentioned in the previous post, we met with Chris to get more flyers and deliver our donated items to his place. We were very excited to give him the fruits of our labor and get his feedback. He said we were doing a great job and he was impressed. As we were all sitting in the room feeling proud of ourselves for getting out there and securing all these sponsorships to my surprise Chris then told us we needed to double our efforts. His attitude reminded me of Tom. Never settle. Chris said over the next week we are going to have to meet many more times as well as doubling the results of sponsorship. I think his mindset comes from doing this before and understanding what’s involved with putting on an event of this magnitude. He knows just how to motivate us and always keeps our egos in balance by never letting us settle for anything. That’s not to say we don’t know how to motivate ourselves, Chris just knows how to play devils advocate by always finding a way to give us more motivation to better ourselves. So we are set up to “double down” our efforts and get way more sponsors. We always seem to find a new level of motivation after meeting with Chris.


I think for our team this is a really important step in the process because getting raffle items is really the only variable left in this process. Next week, our mindset will shift from getting sponsorship and raffle items to setting up logistics of how this event will be happening on that day. Who will be delivering the sponsor board and when? When will Sofia’s deliver the food and set up? How will the balloons be getting there and who will be there to receive them? There are so many of these types of questions that still needs to be worked out. All of our items are being donated and our expenses for this event are still $0!! That being said, it’s our reasonability to make sure all the donated items make their way to the bowling alley by April 27. All of these sorts of questions still need to be worked out and this is where we are headed next week after we secure our sponsorships.

We are also planning on doubling the amount of advertising we have been doing. We are printing hundreds of flyers and getting to local schools to get the word out there even more!


Getting more and more flyers and table tents!



Getting our flyers on as many surfaces as possible! Keep going and never stop until you can’t walk anymore!


Today’s Adventures

Mike, Pat, and I just returned from over two hours of “sponsor hunting.” After printing out flyers, sponsorship paperwork, and tax exemption forms, we drove around Warwick searching for small businesses, asking for sponsors or raffle items. If neither of these options were possible, we asked to at least hang a flyer so that more people know about our event.

In the car before our first stop, Mike brought up a good point. We needed to emphasize that we are going to advertise their company in return for their donations. We expect over 200 people at our event and expect our flyers to reach MANY more, so sponsoring us would be helpful to Children’s Wishes as well as their business. With this in mind, we went from store to store, restaurant to restaurant asking for people interested in helping out.

Chris had suggested to go to Hooters because they had hosted a wing night for Children’s Wishes in the past. There, we were given 4 wing coupons, 4 t-shirts, and playing cards. This valued out to be roughly $100. The manager on duty took our information and told us he would speak with his boss about possible gift cards.

A pizza shop, Picasso’s, gave us a $25 gift card and promised us another if we came back the following week. We asked if we could use their busy establishment to advertise with our flyers on tables and she agreed if we came back next week with the table tents. She also told us that she would talk to her boss about possibly sponsoring a lane. A nail salon gave us $20 cash donation. A few liquor stores seemed that they were happy to help, but needed us to return back when the boss was there. They may give us gift cards or bottles of wine when we go back next week.

We were also suggested to call the owner of LDC to donate jewelry or possibly sponsor the event. He seems on board with helping, but wanted us to e-mail him with the papers first! Fingers crossed!

The truth is, we did receive many “NO’s.” However, we also ended up with a few small donations, flyers up around local venues, and some promising conversations to follow up on. What was there to lose?

Dinner with Chris

Last night we met with our partner Chris at a restaurant named Sophia’s.  Chris wanted to meet here because Sophia’s will be sponsoring our bowling event and he thought that we should check out the restaurant and try some of their food.  To be honest, the restaurant was delicious.  I think I speak for the team when I say that every bite was absolutely fantastic.  I personally could have continued to eat all night if I did not think I might have burst at the seams.  We did talk some business towards the beginning of the meeting especially about finding and talking to businesses that might be interested in sponsoring our event.  Chris gave us the truth and said this way was hands down going to be the toughest part of putting this event on.  He told to expect a lot of people to say no to us but not to give up hope because every sponsorship we do get is another one we did not have before and we are that much closer to helping a child’s wish come true.  He also gave us a few pointers such as which areas of Rhode Island are loaded with smaller businesses that are more likely to say yes and to make sure that we always ask to speak to a manager or an owner because they are the only ones who can say yes.  He also told us about a couple of businesses that have said yes in the past, although we are mostly on our own for the business we choose to ask to sponsor our cause.  The majority of our time was spent enjoying excellent food and even better company.  In the restaurant environment we all felt a little bit more free and shared a little more about ourselves.  We learned a lot about Chris and he had us in stitches for a large part of the time we were at the restaurant.  We have had our own team bonding experiences, but it was really fun to have a similar type of experience with our partner and to have such a good time doing it.  I think getting to know Chris better is an important aspect to what we are trying to accomplish because the closer we are with the people and the cause we are working for I think the more we are willing to sacrifice time and energy to do the very best we possibly can.  As a team we walked out of the restaurant more than appreciative of Chris for treating us to dinner, but also we all felt as if we had become more than just partners with him.  Now he is much more like a friend.  So the next thing for us to do is dedicate our time and energy going to these businesses and seeing if we can add a bunch more sponsors to our event and help further our cause.

Meeting at Warwick Lanes

Tonight the three of us drove over to check out our venue and meet up with our community partner, Dana, and her great contact, Chris.

We were able to be inspired with some ideas of how to set up our event by actually being there and seeing the location. We ironed out some logistics and talked about things that can be done in the next week.

Cardi’s Furniture is donating two $250 gift cards to our raffle! East Commerce Solutions gave Dana a $2,000 sponsorship for all Children’s Wishes events upcoming as well (while this can’t count towards our funding, we will surely recognize them as a sponsor). And by next weekend, Mike, Pat, and I will find a time when the three of us can go around and ask for more local donations in the Warwick area.

When talking about how to spread the word, Chris mentioned that he had a contact with the Girl Scouts. He is going to send us the contact information, but hopefully we will be able to get some troop members of either Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts to attend our event.
Dana and her intern are going to put our flyer up on their website and enable an online donation option once we add the new sponsors to the flyer. She is also going to send us some more official papers on sponsorship so that we can hand them out when we ask around next week. We’ve decided that we will give companies the option of donating items or having their logo appear at our event ($100 for appearing on all of the tables and $200 for having a lane named after your business).
Over the next week, we will be setting up a Google page to organize early sign-ups so that we can all view and edit it.

Students have big hearts!… and more discretionary income



We made a cereal box into a collection box and printed off some flyers. We decided that while it is easy to get the word out to students via Twitter and Facebook, administration and faculty might not have the same opportunity to learn about our group, People Helping People, and our mission. Therefore, we decided it would be helpful if we targeted a different group of people with our fundraising efforts. We made the decision to go to offices within Harkins and talk to adults. There we would tell them about People Helping People and also be able to make a shameless plug for our event in April (seeing as many of them are parents who may want to bring their kids to the bowling event). After passing some time in Harkins, we realized that we were getting only negative responses, as people were questioning if this was okay and if SAIL had approved. We decided since this week only allotted us limited time to do our fundraising that we needed a different plan.

Mike and I each split up and went to different dorms to advertise door-to-door and collect donations. (Pat is already en route to Boston for his tests, so could not join. Good luck, Pat!) I decided I would try Meagher Hall because I knew that no other team had gone there yet. Mike tried Suites.

Wow! Thank you so very much to all who donated! We were so impressed. In Meagher, I had one room donate $10 and one $5 and then nearly every other room gave a dollar or two and some spare change. We touched base after our dorm-to-dorm fundraising and realized that together our total was $51.50! Thank you PC students for your generosity.

We would keep fundraising tonight, but Mike and I have a meeting in Warwick with Chris from Tech911 about raffle ideas and then we will come back just in time for our meeting with Friars Fight Cancer and directly following that, we have our organizational meeting. AKA: Spring break is going to be a well deserved one!

Great news: Todd Incantalupo was able to put up a slide about People Helping People on Chanel 87. It will be there until the end of the year!!

Team Bonding

We have discussed the importance of team bonding on multiple occasions, and generally we talk about how positive experiences bring people in the organization closer together.  Before the PC vs. Villanova basketball game Liz and I had an unplanned bonding experience that happened to due car trouble.  We had planned to meet outside Accinno and walk to my house to pick up my car (named Dom in case you were curious) then arrive early to the game to help another organization raise money for Children’s Wishes.  I get in the car, turn the key and nothing.  I relax, take a deep breathe, attempt to coax Dom with some encouraging words, turn the key, and nothing.  After looking around I realized that my roommate who had borrowed the car earlier had left the headlights on and parked all the way in the back corner of our driveway so there is no easy way to jump the car from the angle it’s parked in.  So I asked a couple roommates to help and there were four of us outside pushing the car as hard as we could over snow and ice. We were slipping, falling, laughing, rearranging other cars, digging tires out.  It was a fiasco, but in the end it all worked out and we were able to jump Dom and still get to the basketball game in time to help out.  So while this may not have been the positive bonding experience we had planned on having, we all had a good laugh and became closer as a result.  We all learned stress and tough situations can build bonds just as well as good times.