Friday, January 20, 2012

YW Fundraiser & Ward Western Night

The Young Women were trying to raise money for Girls Camp (and fundraisers for Girls Camp are acceptable), so the girls and leaders put together this ward activity (which would involve more people = more money).

Ward Western Night & Auction

It was a blast... Here are all the details!


We printed two of these in large poster size to go on an easel in each foyer. We also printed 4x6's as flyers/handouts/reminders for the Relief Society and Elders Quorum.


- An entry table with mini hay bales (from Michael's), cactus cutouts. This is where members would registration for the auction and pick up their number stick (to hold up during the auction).

- Burlap (brown, red, and tan) squares covered the round tables

- On each table: a basket lined with a red bandanna with chips in it and a salsa bowl (from Dollar Tree)


Members signed up in advance to bring chili and then we had them register once they showed up. (so each chili was assigned a letter for people to vote after eating). We also had cornbread and honey. The YW provided lemonade. The winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) were given prizes at the end of the night.

A soup ladle was 1st place, bottle of hot sauce was 2nd, and a jar of salsa was 3rd. The best corn bread was given a bottle of honey.

The cases of root beer were awarded to the "best linedancer" and ...something else I don't remember. :)


We asked (in advance) ward members to donate items or services for the live auction. We were surprised when people who hadn't signed up for this actually brought things that night to donate. The live auction raised over $1,000 (which was enough to send our girls to Girls Camp for several years before another fundraiser was needed).

Members were given numbered sticks, which our girls made before, to help with bidding.

Ward members were very generous, which was really nice! Well, sorta. I was involved in the auction, so my husband was doing all the bidding. He bid on a cake and a platter of cookies for $65!! (I was a bit disappointed to find out that, while the treats were tasty, they were not made of gold.) haha... :)


The young women rallied up the kids to play some western games: 3 legged races, Pin-The-Tail-on-the-Pony, and a "Wild West Shootout" with a rubber band gun. (you can grab my printable to cover the cans over at Love Actually)

All the kids were given the same prize: a sheriff's badge (from the dollar store). They loved it!


For one of our Wednesday night YW activities before this, we taught the YW 2 popular line dances so that they could teach ward members who wanted to participate that night.

That's it, y'all!


  1. Thank you so much for blogging about your Camp Fundraiser! I love your idea so much (I am YW president in my ward) that we are doing the same thing for our Camp fundraiser. Looks like such a fun night, and such great idea's.
    Thanks again!

  2. thank you for your ideas. i think i might actually be able to pull off a ward chili cook off. (even though i still think i might end up in a ball in the corner rocking myself silently.) ha ha.

  3. Thank you for sharing!!! Love this idea and wondering if I could a pdf of the poster you did?



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