Next Meeting

Hey everyone!

Our next meeting is one week from tonight, which makes it Monday, March 7th at 7:30 PM at the Main Library in Downtown SLC.Please invite any friends or acquaintances that are interested in our group! Also, if you have volunteered to obtain some items for the silent auction, the first one is due to Noah or at the meeting. Any questions about the silent auction can be directed to Jackie. See you all at the meeting!



Meeting #2 update - 2/14/2011

1) Personal Fundraising: $225 goal.  To help everyone achieve it, utilize the new donation letter our students writers drafted up for us! It will be available on the blog/facebook page by this coming weekend. 

2) Our student writers are also looking to interview a few of our volunteers in the next week or two.  They will use the interviews to pen an article about BES.   

3) Tabling schedule is available and we’re looking for volunteers!  Greg and Nick will be posting up outside in the Union Plaza on Wednesdays from 10:45am-3pm.  They’ll be signing up new volunteers, collecting donations, selling raffle tickets and promoting our upcoming silent auction.We need a pair of volunteers to set up shop on upper-campus near the hospital and research buildings to target our audience of soon to be nurses, doctors, and pharmacists - anyone interested? Please email harpernoah@yahoo.com or parker.plant@gmail.com!

4) Some volunteers will be making classroom announcements in the next couple of weeks in hopes of growing our membership as a student group and to bring in more volunteers!  The more students that register as members of our group, the more likely we are to get financial backing from our student government.  Log on and add yourself as a member here: https://utah-community.symplicity.com/index.php?s=home   While you’re at it, take a couple more minutes and find our new facebook page.  Just search Benefit El Salvador and “like” us :) 

5) Greg’s been working on some cool T-shirt Designs. Once we finalize the design, we’ll be taking preorders at $10 for a shirt. The shirts will be $15 after the pre sale.  Keri’s friend (a graphic designer) is helping with the design.

6) We have secured our silent auction venue: the 15th and 15th Art Gallery.  It’s a beautiful place! Jackie will have the date, time and rough outline of the event schedule by the end of this week.  We’re also in need of a volunteer who is licensed to bartend for the event.  We’ll be serving beer and wine along with non-alcoholic beverages- any bartenders out there that are interested in helping out for an evening?

7) There was a lot of discussion about splitting the raffle and the silent auction into two events and it looks like we’re leaning in that direction.  The auction will definitely be held early April, while we will likely have the raffle as an end of the semester party.  Greg is looking into secure The Front climbing gym as our venue.  Let's get a dialogue going about this decision: Post a comment here on the blog or here (on our facebook page) with your thoughts!

As always email or post any questions or comments!


First Meeting Update

The first meeting of 2011 for The Benefit El Salvador Project went smoothly and much was accomplished in that short 1.5 hour gathering. Here is a short summary of the topics covered:
- New partnership with Bucks4Books on 200 S. between University Street and 1300 E.
- New blog and facebook page
- A group of University of Utah students will be helping us create and update documents as part of a service-learning class requirement. Thanks for the help!
- Look for volunteer stories.....coming soon to the blog and website 
- Volunteers needed for tabling, class announcements, and the silent auction event
- Silent Auction: 
          Date: April 9th
          Possible location nailed down: 15th and 15th gallery
          Food/beverage ideas anyone?
          15 volunteers to begin soliciting donations for the raffle and silent auction (form letter coming soon)
          Ideal goal is 3 items per volunteer

So, that was the gist of the first meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for February 14, 2011 at 7:30 PM in the Downtown City Library - Conference room 1. Hope to see you all there!

Lisa - Staff Writer