We recently sponsored an LPGA Golf Tournament Event at Kingsmill Golf Course in Williamsburg, Virginia. As part on the sponsorship we donated 25 copiers, 50 phone systems and 35 laptops. In return we got seating for 30 customers at the event, a few spots to play in the pro-am and advertisement opps.
Each year we do 3-Open House Events in our Virginia Beach, Richmond and Roanoke locations. We typically get about 500 total customers attending all 3 events and we have about 30 vendor partners traveling statewide to meeting with our customers to do product demos and answer questions about products and services. This is by far the largest event series I plan each year — we typically generate about $60,000 in MDF funding to cover the expenses. Each event is setup in a trade show format with a Taste, Tour and Technology theme. We have tons of food, games and prizes for the customers to enjoy.
I had the pleasure of working with the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Crew. They recently did a version of the show in Virginia Beach. We helped sponsor the event by housing them at the ESI facility for the duration of the project and we donated computer equipment towards the housing project. I got to take several V.I.P. Tours of the housing site and spend time quality time with the event team. This experience was very beneficial and gave me a ton of great ideas for the organization and preparation of future events.