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New or different fund raising ideas

I am a high school choir director, and while I have great resources for fund raising (a music booster program shared between choir and band) I find that the fund raising we do is very sub-par in that we can expect to raise some money with the candy sales and sausage and cheese sales we do, but I am sure there are better and more interesting ways to raise money.
I would love to find a way to incorporate music into our fund raising, and I like the idea of singing to raise funds for large trips, music, or nice concert attire. I am also trying to raise funds to purchase nice Wenger chairs to replace our old ones and the money we have just isn't going to cut it. 
Any ideas are welcome! Thanks!
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on April 29, 2014 8:34am
Our choir sells "Carolgrams" each Christmas.  For $15 we deliver a plate of homemade cookies, a Christmas Card, and sing 3-4 carols to the recipient of choice.
We do it all in one Saturday and divide the choir up in groups of 5-7 students.  Parent drivers take a list of recipients divided by the area of the city. And kids bring a couple of dollars to buy Hot Cocoa on the way home.  It's a blast and our biggest money producer.
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on May 1, 2014 5:02am
I love this idea! Thanks for your response.
on May 1, 2014 7:07am
I stole this idea from a dear friend, but our choir students used it with great success.  We hold a "Rehearsathon", and students collect pledges.  On a day like President's Day when there is no school, we will do a 6 hour marathon rehearsal.  Students collect pledges for each hour they rehearse.  I plan the rehearsal carefully, with a printed agenda, a 10 minute break each hour, and a lunch break in the 4th hour.  I will use that day to have guest presenters, really explore the meaning of text, (which gives vocal rest) and even a session of choralography.  Students who do this for a trip fundraiser keep 100 % of the funds they raise--and how many 100% fundraisers are out there?   I would be happy to share materials and ideas if you'd like to email.    
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