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Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by sully828, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. sully828

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    Hello,
    I am a committee member for my College's Relay for life. Relay for life raises money to be donated to find a cure for cancer. College students walk around the campus for 24 hours starting at 6 pm. I am hoping that someone would be able to help me out. I am looking for some where I can either request donations for lighting and sound equipment or buy them for cheap. The reason we need sound and lighting is because we use music to enhance the walk and would like to line the track with speakers so that it is not to loud to disturb the residents who live near campus. Also we invite acts to perform and many of them do not have stage lighting. So I am hoping that this year I can get anything I can possible donate to go towards Relay for Life. So that the expenses are not that high and a lot of the proceeds go to where they should go. Which is to bring a cure to Cancer. any help with this effort would be greatly appreciated!

    Sean
    DeSales Univeristy
     
  2. sully828

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    I would be able to set-up and watch the equipment. I know how to do it because I am a tv/film major and i do lighting for shoots and also before going to college I worked with a guy who djayed in the philadelphia area but recently sold all his stuff. So i have the knowledge on how to set-up and operate the equipment
     
  3. icewolf08

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    Why don't you talk to your school's theatre department? They might be able to loan you the gear. Or, if you are a TV/film major, your department must have gear that you could inquire about.
     
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    I already have and neither departments will allow it to be used. Last year I used the film depatment's and this year I am not allowed to.
     
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    If some of them do, see if they will let you use their lighting for the full 24 hours. Unless you need a lot of lighting, or the bands come from hours away.
     
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    well the bands we have dont start until 3 hours into the event also they travel at the minimum of 2 hours to get here
     
  8. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Unfortunately the reality of the situation is that nearly every person who comes to your local sound/theater rental place has a story about why they have very little money. The vast majority of renters are schools, churches, non-profit arts organizations, and events like yourself. That means you are not going to get a discount just because you have a great cause... we ALL have great causes. I would try to talk one of them into becoming a partner sponsor in the event. Talk with the theater department to see if they have any friends at the local rental places that you can talk to. You need a connection. They get requests like yours all the time. If they said yes to every good cause they would never make any money.

    Good luck! Typically your best bet is to just find another company to be your sponsor and use their money to rent the gear. Call places that sell products related to health and fitness to find a sponsor.
     
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    ruinexplorer Minion CB Mods Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    Check with your DJ friend. Many DJs are connected with others (who can cover for them when they are booked) in the area. A DJ could use free publicity, usually has the gear needed, and can provide music when the bands aren't playing. Definitely go for sponsorship from your local supermarkets or whomever and maybe they will (instead of paying into your charity) pay for all the gear. Get your local media to commit to coverage and that will help you get sponsors (in my experience). Heck, try to get your local TV or radio station to sponsor it, they get the advertising too!
     
  10. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Radio stations and DJ's are great ideas. The good news is you are promoting a major nationally known fund raising event. That's going to sell well with radio stations. DJ's on the other hand are always looking for exposure to get more bookings. Another idea would be to contact a church. There's always one near the college campus who is focused on college students. They might be willing to loan you some gear. Be sure to get the title "Relay for Life" up front in your request so their first impression is, Hey this guy's working for a legitimate cause. I wouldn't be surprised if you could get all kinds of great stuff donated from health food/store type places as well as radio stations. Do you have a campus radio station who you could talk into doing a remote broadcast from the course?
     

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