Kamiak arts boosters to host first mattress fundraiser

By Brandon Gustafson | Nov 08, 2017

Most people know of the “traditional” fundraisers that students do to raise money for extracurricular activities.

There’s been cookie dough, popcorn, wrapping paper and many more that usually require door-to-door sales pitches from the students.

This year, Kamiak High School Performing Arts Boosters (KPAB) will be going a different route, and are hosting its first ever mattress sale as part of its fundraising for the 2017-18 school year.

This fundraiser will benefit more than 600 students who are in Kamiak’s performing arts programs.

Proceeds will help pay for items like uniforms and instruments as well as for competitions and travel expenses. Money raised also will go toward KPAB scholarships.

Deborah McKenna, Secretary of the KPAB Executive Board, believes this type of fundraiser is great for the kids and parents as it’s not a typical fundraiser.

“Our kids and families do not have to peddle candy, wrapping paper, etc. door-to-door – something that can become a little tiresome,” McKenna said. “It's a relatively easy program for us and apparently one that works well, and we are looking forward to making it an annual event.”

The Mattress Sale is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and will be held at the Kamiak High School Commons.

KPAB has partnered with Custom Fundraising Solutions, a program that has successfully run mattress fundraisers across the country for over 12 years. They will be turning the Kamiak High School Commons into a showroom with major mattress brands at discounted prices.

“We found out about the mattress fundraiser through one of the local high schools that has had success with this,” KPAB Vice President Rowland Cromwell said.  “Custom Fundraising Solutions started these events about 12 years ago in Ohio and then eventually spread to the Puget Sound Region about four years ago.

“Some local high schools have already had multiple events: Meadowdale Music and Arts Boosters, Glacier Peak Band Boosters are on their third annual event, and Mountlake Terrace Music Boosters is on their second.  There will be about 40 events total this year throughout the Puget Sound area.”

As it’s the first time the KPAB will be holding this type of fundraiser, it’s unclear what to expect, but they’re hoping for a good turnout.

“On Monday, Oct. 30, we had a preliminary parents meeting to talk about how to advertise the event in our community,” McKenna said. “At that time we had 35 adults show up. We are hoping to see a good crowd during our sale event, but since this is our first time – and admittedly mattress shoppers may be unfamiliar with this somewhat unconventional concept – we aren't quite sure what to expect.

“At Monday's parent meeting, our CFS contact, Nancy Morawski, stated that a robotics team from Tahoma High School apparently just recently made nearly $16,000 in their third annual sale – so we are anticipating success.”

During the event, the Kamiak Commons will look completely different.

“On Nov. 18th, the sales staff from Custom Fundraising Solutions will take over the Kamiak Commons and install 30 sample mattresses of all sizes and qualities,” McKenna said.

“Customers are welcome to browse, just as they would at any retail establishment and place orders.

“Additional services such as installation, financing and hauling away of old mattresses will be available, along with accessory items such as pillows, sheets, frames, etc.”

McKenna said that the mattresses purchased at this fundraiser are usually delivered in one to two weeks.

For more details, go to the KPAB website www.kamiakarts.org.

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