One of my favorite things about being a member of Altrusa is the fact that we give so much back to the community. Everything we raise goes back into our communities in some way. Last year, Alstrua of Gadsden donated five read wagons filled with toys and books to the Children's Hospital in Birmingham. The wagons will be used to transport patients between their rooms and appointments through out the hospital. Books and toys will be used to help entertain patients and siblings of patients who might be stuck in a waiting room. Altrusa also provided Christmas and Back-to-School supplies for local children in the area this past year.
All this is made possible by the fundraising we do throughout the year. We take grade pride in all the events that we do and are constantly looking for ways to improve on what we do. For 50 years, Altrusa hosted it's Annual Antique Show with great success. Then as 40 years rolled into 45 years and 45 years into 50 years, we began to see that the days of Antique Shows was coming to a close. So in 2017 we celebrated our Golden Anniversary and without further ado, we thanked our loyal vendors and guest, and closed the door on the final Antique Show.
Our Antique Show was our BIGGEST fundraising event for those 50 years, so closing the doors meant a huge loss of revenue to Altrusa of Gadsden. This also meant it was time to do a make over and come up with a new idea that could recover the loss. Enter the Home, Garden and Design Show! In 2018 we launched our 1st Annual Home, Garden and Design Show with over 75 different business and vendors set up inside The Venue at Coosa Landing. We had over 1500 guest come through our doors for this event! Money that we raised from vendor fees and ticket sales again, ALL WENT BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY! The Home, Garden and Design Show was such a success for both us and the vendors, that we have brought it back again this year for the 2nd Annual Home, Garden, and Design Show. This year, we are branching out even further and hosting our Santa's Workshop. Both of these events will be held 01-02 November 2019 at The Venue at Coosa Landing. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at either of these events, you can request information by going to our Events page and clicking on the show of your choice and requesting more information.
The Home, Garden and Design Show and Santa's Workshop is our two biggest fundraising events that Altrusa International Inc. of Gadsden hosts. However, in between these events, we are also looking at other ways to raise funds. Currently we have our Cutest Pets Fall 2019 Contest going on! Registration for this event is $25.00 per pet and contestants are entering a chance to win a $250.00 cash prize! Again, ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT GO BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY!!! So if you are someone you know has what they think is the Cutest Pet, please submit a photo and register at our Cutest Pets Registration page and don't forget to vote for who you think is the cutest pet! Along with this, at the end of September Altrusa of Gadsden will be selling Brown Bag Lunches for $10.00 each. Each bag will contain a BBQ sandwich provided by Local Joe's BBQ, a bag of chips and desert. Bags will be available for pick up or delivery based on location. And again, ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT GO BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY!!!
So there you have it, those are just some of the ideas that we have come up with. We want to hear from you the community to find out what other events that you would like to see in the area that Altrusa of Gadsden could help with. Want to see a fun run? How about a cake walk? Or maybe you are just interested in donating your time? What ever way you come up with, we will be happy to hear from you. So comment below or submit us a line at our Contact Page. We are happy to hear from you!
I am Scott Browning and I am the newest member of Altrusa International of Gadsden, however, I have been a volunteer of theirs for a while now. I became a member because I wanted to do something to give back to my community. I look forward to what I can contribute to the club my many talents and time.