How to Host a Winning Casino Fundraiser in Oregon

Casino fundraisers Oregon

Casino nights are an excellent way to rally support and raise substantial funds for your cause!

Here are some easy steps in helping you raise funds and have a blast at your party with a casino night and how it all works in Oregon! Please reach out to us about special license requirements in Idaho, Washington, or other states.

12 Step Guide to Planning a Successful Casino Fundraiser

1. Select a Date and Location.

Timing and venue are crucial. Venue availability is very limited so book early! Opt for dates between February through May, or late September to Thanksgiving, when attendance rates are typically higher. Choose a venue that aligns with the expected attendee count and desired atmosphere.

2. Reserve Your Date with The Party Team

Partner with a seasoned casino provider like The Party Team to ensure professional gaming tables and skilled dealers. It is very important your casino provider has their Monte Carlo license for fundraising. We will provide a mixture of blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker tables along

with authentic casino equipment including all chips, cards, dice, and custom funny money with your logo, or sponsor’s logo on it.

3. Get Your Monte Carlo License

The Oregon Department of Justice regulates gaming, but they are easy to work with! After you reserve your date with us, we will direct you towards the DOJ’s Monte Carlo application where you will need our Monte Carlo license number and $100 check for the DOJ. The DOJ says 10 days before your event, we recommend getting this done by 30 days out.

4. Ticket Sales and Pricing Strategies

Setting the right ticket price is critical. Factor in the venue quality, food, and drink provisions, and the overall theme of your event. A higher ticket price can often yield better overall revenue if the value perceived by guests is high. DO NOT give out any free “funny money” to your guests with their admission into your event. Free alcohol and heavy appetizers are a great way to keep your guests on the casino tables earning you money.

Get one prize for every 20 guests for the end of the night raffle. Prizes do not need to be huge. Simply having them gives people something to lose or win for, fires up the competitive spirit, and keeps guests at your party longer!

5. Event Services and Management

Use platforms like Eventbrite, Greater Giving and Tofino Auctions for efficient ticket sales, check-in/out, and auction management. These tools help streamline operations and enhance the guest experience. Make sure you are remembering that your guests want a fun event and having a good MC or casino host can really help your sales.

6. Plan the Event Format

A typical event might look like this:

  • 4:00 PM: Party Team arrives for casino setup.
  • 6:00 PM: Doors open, bar and appetizers available.
  • 6:30 PM: Casino tables open.
  • 8:00 PM: Casino tables close for a formal presentation and appeal.
  • 8:30 PM: Casino reopens for final bets.
  • 9:30 PM: Casino closes and raffle prizes awarded.

7. Marketing and Ticket Sales

Utilize all available marketing channels to promote your event. Engage past supporters and reach out to potential new donors via social media, email campaigns, and community outreach. We recommend identifying any potential high dollar donors you know of and when it comes time for your presentation and appeal for your group, have them lead off the high value donation.

8. Sourcing Prizes and Sponsorships

Engage local businesses to sponsor tables or donate prizes. This not only covers some overhead costs but also integrates the community into your event. There are many sponsor

opportunities such as on the photo booth, or custom cards, table tents, and even just recognition at your event is great for many local companies.

9. The Emotional Appeal

Your presentation should resonate emotionally, explaining the impact of donations. Use compelling stories, testimonials, and video to illustrate your organization’s work and its importance. It is important to take 30 or so minutes during your casino night to showcase all of the wonderful things your organization does for the community. Also, your guests will be coming to your party with a dollar amount they are willing to spend. The appeal is a great time to get that money donated into your organization before we go back to the casino tables.

10. Role of Volunteers and Staff

Each volunteer or staff member should have a clear role. Setup, decorations, managing the silent auction and handling check-out processes. Efficient staff organization ensures a smooth operation throughout the event. Volunteers can be used on your casino tables if you have them for a reduced cost on your party!

11. Post-Event Activities

Thank everyone involved, and announce the total funds raised. Feedback forms can help gather insights for future events, ensuring each one is more successful than the last.

12. Count Your Money Earned For Your Non-Profit

A well-planned casino fundraiser can significantly boost your fundraising efforts, offering an enjoyable evening that leaves guests eager to support your cause again! With careful planning, adherence to regulations, and the experience of The Party Team, your next event can be both memorable and tremendously successful.

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Love this company! We had them do a casino night for my house cleaning company (Maid to Shine Cleaning) staff appreciation party at the Crowne Plaza in Portland and I have to say it was absolutely amazing! Everything from the Casino tables, to the uplighting, to the DJ and photo booth were top notch! I have booked them again for next year already! Their staff are so accommodating and outgoing! They made the party a success and all my staff raved about how amazing this party was compared to the last 8 parties we'be had!!!

I've worked with them a couple times in the last few months (March and April 2023) and was impressed with their professionalism and ability to 'go with the flow' when things went differently than originally planned as events tend to! Our most recent event in April had the casino games, indoor large games like giant jenga, a dance floor and DJ. Everyone had a great time and they even printed a VIP on the funny money which everyone loved a LOT! The March event had the team pivoting when a bingo game started later than they thought because of the band beforehand and not enough bingo cards to go around but they jumped into action and made everything right and everyone had a wonderful time! HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM!!!!!

We have now done 2 events with The Party Team for our annual casino themed Wine Club Party, and both were such a blast! They are easy to work with and provide quality service. I got great feedback from our guests and we are excited to continue this annual tradition next year!

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