There’s no end to the ways you can raise funds for TREPAC, but you must always follow applicable laws. If you have any doubt about the legality of your event, contact TREPAC staff.
Here are some events to consider:
Events with prizes (must include a game of skill)
Pay to Play
Admission pays green fees to play in PAC golf tournament. A TREPAC investment enters players in a closest-to-the-hole, longest drive, or other competition. Winners receive a prize. Include silent or live auctions for additional PAC dollars.
Admission goes to TREPAC
Texas REALTORS® pay to play in the TREPAC golf tournament; admission fees count as investments. Sponsors or local TREPAC dollars cover the overhead Additional TREPAC investments give attendees a chance to enter a closest-to-the-hole or longest-drive competition, etc. Winners receive a prize. Include a silent or live auction for additional TREPAC dollars.
Use activities from the popular TV show “Minute to Win It” for a fun and easy way to raise dollars. Texas REALTORS® buy tickets (a TREPAC investment) for chances to compete in skill-based activities, like balloon darts, cup stacking, or a dunking booth. Winners of these skilled events get prizes.
Events Without Prizes
Examples: boat excursion, a night at the theater, mystery bus tour, a night at the ballpark
Sponsors or local TREPAC dollars cover food, beverage, and entertainment. Texas REALTORS® pay admission, which goes to TREPAC. Include silent or live auction for additional PAC dollars.
Attraction, for example, a boat, is donated for event as an “in-kind” PAC contribution. Sponsors or local TREPAC dollars cover food, beverage, and entertainment. Texas REALTORS® pay admission, 100% of which can go to TREPAC. Include silent or live auction for additional PAC dollars
Poker/casino night (play for fun)
Texas REALTOR® pays admission to attend. All admission monies go to TREPAC as investments. Tournament is for fun (absolutely no prizes). Attendees can pay for additional chips. Include silent or live auction for additional PAC dollars.
Can hold a separate poker tournament during event, subject to certain rules: Only Texas REALTORS® and their spouses may play in the poker tournament. The location of the poker tournament cannot be open to the public and, regardless, cannot be held at a bar or restaurant. Tournament players cannot be required to pay general admission to the casino night event in order to be eligible to enter the poker tournament. Texas REALTORS® may enter the poker tournament by paying a separate entry fee (“tournament buy-in”). All entrants must have an equal chance of winning, except for the advantage of skill and luck; therefore, must provide all entrants with equal amounts of chips and cannot provide opportunities to buy additional chips. All of the tournament buy-in money, which is kept separate from TREPAC money, is distributed to the poker winner(s).
Have individuals volunteer to be auctioned off for a date or services (cleaning, cooking, etc). Texas REALTORS® buy tickets as TREPAC investments and place tickets as “votes” in buckets of the individuals who are being auctioned off. The volunteer with the most tickets is subsequently auctioned off, with proceeds going to TREPAC.
Invite Texas REALTORS® to movie night or a private pre-screening. REALTORS® pay admission to attend. Charge regular price and a VIP price—VIP gets you pre-party access and early seating. Include silent auction to raise more dollars.
Invite Texas REALTORS® to watch a special event, like election returns, inauguration ceremonies, or the Super Bowl. Texas REALTORS® pay admission to watch event, make PAC investment to enter, say, a cook-off contest. Invite celebrity judges to pick the cook-off winners. Include silent auction to raise more dollars.