FUNDRAISING: "Oh no, not again" or
"B00MT0WN APPEARS TO HAVE COME TO A GRINDING HALT
WHEN THE TOPIC IS FEMINIST
by Marianne Tomecek, Finance Chair
I've come to you several times during this year, hat in hand, asking for your assistance
in organizing HCWPC fundraising activities or attending those events. With the exception
of a handful of extraordinarily committed people, you have been too busy or disinterested
to extend yourselves by donating time and/or money to the Caucus.
But wait, lest I get carried away, let me thank the people who have assisted us in our
generally unsuccessful attempts to date:
The Laff Stop and its motivating forces for providing us with a
first rate, empty club to fill, a great show to entertain the
people who attended and a generous donation to help salve our
wounds from not having received the support we needed to raise
Our anonymous "connection" with the Laff Stop, a Caucus member
who got the whole event off the ground;
Sissy Farenthold for donating her house for our Roxanne Conlin
B.L. Jamail for providing goodies to enrich that afternoon's
Southwest Florist for donating flowers to enhance the atmosphere;
The fifteen or so members who have shown up time after time to
address mailers, publicize, set up, clean up, etc.
Why, you may ask, do I return for more? Surely, you ponder, someone must have given
some money and Marianne must be enjoying weekends in Cozumel at the Caucus expense. I
assure you that I have not been padding my bank account. There has been some money
given, but usually not enough to cover our very frugal (and mostly donated) publicity
I come back for more because I am committed - as I believe all of you are - to seeing
feminist politics succeed - in Houston," in Harris County, in Texas and in the U.S.
One of the realities of anybody's politics, however, is that winning is a yery expensive
goal. Thus, there is always another fundraising attempt.
Perhaps you're not sure where our fundraising money goes. Without any administrative
costs being deducted, it is donated to the campaign chests of HCWPC targeted candidates.
And it pays for advertising our endorsements at election time. "Aha!" you say, "Someone
besides HCWPC members has been told about the results of all of those evenings of
screening candidates." Yes, indeed, but it costs money to tell the public that we are
a political force to be reckoned with. And the primary races have all but depleted our
Now, I'm back again. We have before us a wonderful opportunity to achieve a year's worth
of fundraising results (not hard to do if one chooses 1981-82 as a model year) in one
fell swoop. We will be holding our second annual ART AUCTION on Saturday September 25th.
The Austin Caucus has found this to be a very successful investment of time and money for
the last five years. We earned almost $1,000 last year with attendance of only 35 people.
Just imagine what we could do if all 200-plus of you came and each brought a friend! Not
to mention the fact that it was just plain fun to see the auction develop and actually
come to pass.
We want to begin working on it now so that we can get the best possible return on our time
investment. We will need lots of volunteers to do lots of very small jobs. For example,
finding a location for the auction, arranging for ticket printing, designing invitations,
flyers and posters, distributing publicity - in your work and/or home neighborhood, contacting media for publicity, addressing invitations, selling tickets to friends, neighbors,
associates, setting up the auction site, displaying pieces being auctioned, taking money,
tickets, names at the auction door, distributing purchased artwork, and attending the
You will be contacted in the near future about your interest in being a sponsor of the
auction. Think about it. How much is it worth to you to see feminist politics succeed
in Houston, Harris County, Texas, the U.S.? An evening of addressing invitations, an
evening of auction attendance, calling a friend to sell a ticket in return for the charity
raffle tickets you bought from her last month; donating $25, $50 and having all the people
who receive invitations see that you support the Caucus goals.