A restaurant night is a relatively stress-free fundraiser with the capacity to earn up to $1000. Most restaurants rarely book out a mid-week night so the lure of extra business is a powerful one that local clubs can take advantage of.
$10 per head is a good aim for your margin. With a raffle or two, this event can raise $500-1000 in one mid-week evening. You may need to consider costs for placing a deposit on the restaurant; if tickets are pre-sold this will not be an issue.
Promotion for this event is most effective using club resources like the newsletter, website, facebook and twitter
Licenses and Permits
Licensing and permits are all covered by the restaurant. If running a raffle, ensure you check the legality of the raffle with your state's gambling and licensing body.
Clubs should approach their local restaurateurs and agree on a price per head for a meal with an agreed number. If the restaurant charges $20 per head simply add your profit margin to the cost and that becomes your meal cost for the evening.
We know of one local netball club that take 100 seats in the local Vietnamese restaurant on a Tuesday once a year. They also run a door prize raffle to raise further funds. They have a great night with a banquet style meal, and many laughs. There is no clean up and they raise valuable funds for the club. Everyone is a winner.
This procedure should be treated as a guide only. Your club should seek advice specific to the needs of your club and event. Seek further details from authorities and service providers; especially in regards to insurance, licences, permits, spectator and participant safety.