By Jaci Schneider, Staff Writer
Members of the Portland, Ore., Spring Break Campaign used creative means to raise $150 by appealing to college students’ love for pizza and doughnuts, but they still have a lot of money to raise before they can leave for their trip.
Portland SBC members sold orders of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to students last week to raise money for the trip, receiving about 30 orders, said Laura Wilson, campaign leader and junior communication disorders major from Abilene. The doughnuts were bought in Dallas and delivered earlier this week, but only $60 was raised, Wilson said.
In the past, other student organizations that sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts were successful, said Wilson. However, she suspects that her group didn’t have a high rate of success because of Valentine’s Day.
Wilson said members of the campaign still need to raise about $1,000, a daunting task. The group is considering sponsoring another fund-raiser at Sonic later this week, he said.
Because the group must fly to Portland, the campaign is more expensive than some of the others. The 13 airplane tickets cost about $400 each, bringing the total per-person cost of the trip to $560.
However, leaders of the campaign realized Monday that the trip will cost the group $650 more than they originally planned, Wilson said. The additional cost to the campaign is largely because of the taxes on the airline tickets, which were left out of the original price estimates given to campaign members.
In addition to selling doughnuts, the members of the campaign held a fund-raiser at Pizza Inn last week. The campaign received 10% of last Monday night’s profits as well as donations, which added up to be about $90, said Lori Denney, campaign leader and junior accounting major from Odessa.
All but four of the members of the Portland campaign are members of Baker Heights Church of Christ, which will pay for half of campaign members’ costs. But before the church will pay, the students must raise the first half of the money, said Scott Hanson, campaign member and sophomore undeclared major from Abilene.
These fund-raisers were used to help students come up with some extra money, in addition to the usual practice of sending out letters to ask for support, Wilson said.