LEADERSHIP MONTGOMERY - Torchbearers Class "connecting"
TORCHBEARER CLASS VIII PROJECT TEAM ONE
RENASCENCE HOUSE - PING PONG TOURNAMENT
Project Name: Renascence House—Ping Pong Tournament
Team Members: JaTaune Bosby, Elton Brooks, Julie Knight, Lisa Ranieri, Phelps Reid, Kadedra Smith, Laurel Teel, Antonio Williams
Chairperson: Nancy Bradford (Event Chair), Mary Lil Owens (Board Chair)
Dates of Implementation: First board meeting—May 12| Event—August 12-13
Duration of project: Two months
Project location: Crump Senior Center
Media Outlets: Alabama News Network, Bell Media
Name of those responsible for securing photos: Elton Brooks
Name of those responsible for writing/producing news stories:
Laurel Teel (press release), Lisa Ranieri (produced news story)
Whom did the project benefit? The residents housed by Renascence during the 6-month reentry process and the staff that maintain the house and program.
Groups involved (sponsors): Over 30 community sponsors including Alabama Power, Bell Media, Bumper Nets, and The Confucius Institute of AUM.
Total number of volunteer hours: Three one and a half hour board meetings (4.5) + Friday night event (4) + Saturday (5) + outreach (4) x (8) members = 140 hrs.
Vision for future project: With the launch of their inaugural fundraiser, Renascence hopes to continue garnering more support and local interest in the coming years. By collaborating with an outside organization—Ping Pong for Charity—it provides the board with a sustainable fundraising framework.
Will this be an ongoing project? Who will carry the project forward?: The ping-pong tournament will be an annual event. Currently the board is confirming details for the 2017 fundraiser.
How was the project implemented?
The Renascence House board of directors raised over $25,000 in direct and in-kind sponsorship for the event. The initial challenge was generating visibility for the reentry program and the fundraiser. Our group created a Facebook page, producing a high-level of engagement for board members and organizations that give to the program. This provided a social media presence for Renascence that enabled them to share and advertise information through one platform.
With the help of various community partners, media sponsors, and the commitment of our group volunteers, Renascence raised over $20,000 during their first ping-pong tournament fundraiser.
Describe your presentation: Our presentation will be a brief overview of our initial objective, challenges, delegating tasks, group strategy, and the outcome of the event.
Feedback provided to board:
Below is the feedback our group compiled. Note, these were simply considerations and suggestions for next year’s event. The mission of Renascence is important to the community and we were honored to support the initiative.
Administrative Tasks & Communication