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Fundraiser Name: Scrabble Tournament
Scrabble is all about being fluent in the language and coming up with
words that might be worth a lot of points. People have fun coming up
with strange and exotic words no one else has thought of.
- Teams of four, six, or eight gather at different tables, each with a Scrabble board and all the letters available.
- Each team starts with the same opening word, and has 20 minutes to fill the board with high-scoring words.
- A judge sits at each table.
- Individuals pay $35 to participate. Players can sneak a peek
at a dictionary for an additional $10 donation. Make extra fundraising
money selling refreshments, raffle, auction, etc. These amounts are, of
- How you win: After the 20 minutes is up, the judge at your table
racks up the points of all the words on your board. And the team with
the most points wins.
- Remember, one person can not win by their self, you’re a
team, you win as team. You can have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place if you want
to or you can just have one winner. It’s your pick.
- You could have a prize for the person that makes the longest word
on your teams’ board or the word that is worth the most points,
but know, that you must be very organized to do that, write down each
team members’ name, and the words that they make. Otherwise, it
may get ugly, people will argue over who made what word. This is
not a mandatory rule, it’s just an option.
Expected Income: if you get 20 people to play, $700 + $10 anytime someone looks at a dictionary
People Needed: one judge for each table in play, and it’s a good idea to have one person to over see everything.
Boards. - Maybe ask some of the players to bring one from home. But if
you do ask them to bring their own, you must make sure that all the
pieces are their and that they do not have more letter then their
supposed to and that they don’t have more of one letter then they
- Tables and Chairs. At least enough to seat everyone.
for first, second and third prize, or any other prizes, such as for the
longest word. It's often wise to have one prize for everybody, so that
even if someone looses, they get something concrete and palpable - even
if it's something simple - from the evening.
The time questions:
team has 20 minutes to fill their board. Probably 10-15 minutes (maybe
more) before and after, to get things set, socialize, etc. You might
even want to offer something like pizza and ice cream at the end of the
- You will need time to promote your Scrabble Tournament.
- Pass out fliers, tell your friends to tell their friends.
month to 3 weeks before is a good amount of time to do P.R. work. But
remember the more the better, don’t wait until the last minute to
start telling people about it.
school, a social hall, or if you have a big house or basement where you
can set up tables and chairs and it’s safe, then it would work
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