Many thanks to Anika for sharing the full scoop on the Halloween party…
The Halloween Party on October 25th was great (see the BLOG)! We had a dance party on NPC2 from 4 – 9 pm with lots of NPCers as well as new visitors attending and Ricken as DJ (ty Ricken!). During that time there was trick or treating on both sims…while there was a greater visitor flow on NPC2 due to the attraction of the dance and presence of avatars, we had visitors on NPC1 as well. The dance was followed by 3 free movies at NPC1 at 9 pm SLT (Matrix, Evil Dead and Rocky Horror). There were folks watching all 3 movies in different locations on NPC1. Individual nonprofits received donations from trick or treating as well as the NPC as a group (via GCN) having recieved $1200L in donations from viewers. The biggest benefit was promotion of NPC & nonprofits. However, driving people to the nonprofit offices, increasing visitor awareness, receiving individual NP donations, and just plain *learning how to hold an event like that* (with original decor, streaming movies – with some synched and some not – and trick or treating) and do all the related marketing were additional benefits.
Thanks to the volunteers did the leg work and marketing (Mercedes Ochs and Ronnie Rhode), donated and set up all the decorations (Mel Schaller), helped with the movie setup & test (Parhelion Palou and Ronnie Rhode), and many others who helped in the planning (Ethelred, Zinnia, Mani, Nany, Lore, Ricken and others).
Here are the participating nonprofits, whose involvement and presence we greatly appreciate in making this a event a success:
NPC2: Bridges for Women, CVM, Garden for the Missing, GCN, Great Strides, Kiva, Life Learning Center, National Council, NSW Animal Rescue, Project Jason, SHI, Techsoup and Virtual Ability.
NPC1: BEF, cChaos, Neenah Historical Soceity, SL Democide Museum, STI Universal Child and Virtual Native Lands.
Also, thanks for Techsoup and Great Strides for donating so we could rent/buy the movies! FYI…one movie was a rental and expired (Rocky Horror), but the others are permanent purchases (Matrix and Evil Dead), so we can hold additional movie nights on those existing movies, should folks desire that in the future.
Many thanks to a wonderful collaborative effort!
I forgot to mention that Mel’s original Halloween decorations are for sale (we had Glitter’s OK because they are not being sold for profit), and the proceeds (after costs) will be donated to NPC nonprofits.
Sales were slow at first, but she has received $1170 so far, so a large portion of that coming back into NPC.
Again, we are learning, but there is potential here….:)
Written by: Beth J. Bates