Bored of fundraising fetes? The Crystal Lake Rotary Club fundraiser was a novel Wild West idea! This event was a serious money making auction. Our client, the Crystal Lake Rotary Club Dawnbreakers celebrated 30 years of $1.5M total raised and donated to local charities. Can we just say this was a BLAST?! Since this event was local, our performers had a short drive and were familiar with the venue. Avanté Banquets is located in Crystal Lake, IL. This amazing venue held a fundraiser that left every adult in the room wanting to play cowboys and Indians!
Wild West Crystal Lake Rotary Club Fundraiser
YEE-HAA!! Saddle up, straighten your cowboy hat and get ready to read about one of the most FUN and SUCCESSFUL western fundraisers we’ve recently played. Our performers for the Crystal Lake Rotary Club Fundraiser were T. Duncan Parker and Jim Gritschke. To tell the truth, Duncan and Jim are a power team like no other. These guys play ANYTHING! They are also EXPERTS at event themes. This is not our first fundraising rodeo, we’ve helped with TONS of auction opportunities. Our client chose Avanté Banquets located in Crystal Lake, IL to hold their 30th Crystal Lake Rotary Club fundraiser. Not only did Avanté Banquets provide friendly and helpful staff, but they decorated a banquet room to resemble the Wild Wild West! If you would like a tour Avanté Banquets please click here.
Since this was the 30th year anniversary of the Crystal Lake Rotary Club Dawnbreakers fundraiser, guests gussied up for this event. From tailored formal outfits sparkling with bling, to HUGE 10 gallon hats and GIANT belt buckles! Not to be outdone, lady guests promenaded in fluffy dresses, wearing long white gloves. It was pretty awesome! Furthermore, this new Avanté Banquet facility held an excellent meal. We were so excited to see how well this venue worked with events, especially after the 5 o’clock Steakhouse burned down in it’s place years ago.
Amazing Live Auction
After an amazing steak and potato dinner, our performers started fundraising activities with their signature flair. To start with, a wine pull first came up for the crowd to bid on. In all honesty, who doesn’t enjoy a glass of wine? Apparently this crowd LOVED wine, the bottles disappeared as soon as they went up for auction. All of them, with a minimum of $50 a bottle! For the $10K money drawing, Duncan and Jim played some fun saloon music getting this crowd into a great mood and spending money for a money drawing. The winner almost fainted. When it was time for the mystery jewelry box purchase, Tiny Dancer by Elton John brought in over $500 for the surprise bauble. A gorgeous diamond bracelet!
Let’s giddy up into the second half of the night where we helped out with a silent auction. Items included were signed Blackhawks and Bears jerseys. There were also Yeti coolers and packs of amazing seats at Cubs games along with different high end beverage baskets. Our performers used silent auction time to play some country western music, keeping our guests moreover in the cowboy mood. Songs such as I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash and Jolene by Dolly Parton kept checkbooks open and items moving. Above all, a special guest arrived after the silent auction. The Crystal Lake Rotary Club fundraiser hired a real cowboy to come in and read old cowboy poetry! We also had a very excited lady come up to us asking if she could sing Crazy by Patsy Cline with us. She knocked it out of the park!
In conclusion, we’d like you to know the Crystal Lake Rotary Club fundraiser was indeed a flannel wearing GREAT time! This was an amazing crowd that helped our local Rotary Club raise an amazing amount of money. Even more amazing, 100% went to charity! If you’d like to donate, volunteer or simply tour the Crystal Lake Rotary Club Dawnbreakers click here.If you are interested in Felix and Fingers playing at your next event send us an email to: info@felixandfingers or click here for more information on our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!