Tricky Tray




What is the Tricky Tray?

It’s your PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year! Parents, teachers & friends try to win 200 prize baskets, a 50/50 & a Grand Finale Raffle Prize. The extravaganza will be held Friday 5/10/13 at the Kenilworth VFW.

What do you do with the money?

Last year we raised $25,000. 100% of the proceeds were used to purchase 20 iPads, a rolling charging station & educational software that teachers will share in their classrooms. Profits also pay for assemblies, teacher grants & subsidize field trips.

Where do you get the prizes?

400 letters are mailed to potential donors, follow up phone calls made & local businesses receive an in person plea. Parents donate money towards Grade Baskets, many also donate prizes on behalf of their family or graduating fifth grader & some of our most popular prizes come from Mr. Klimko & teachers.

How can I help?

  1. Like the Brookside Place School PTA “Queen for a Day” Tricky Tray page on Facebook: Get a sneak peak when tickets are available & what prizes have been donated.!/pages/Brookside-Place-School-PTA-Queen-for-a-Day-Tricky-Tray/181150121912406
  2. Buy a Ticket: On sale in March & sell out quickly. Be ready – first come, first serve. Buy individual tickets or purchase a table of 10 (you must have names of 10 guests to reserve a table).
  3. Buy a Grand Finale Raffle Ticket: You do not have to attend the event to buy this ticket. Available in April. Grand Finale Prize is a $1,000 Gift Certificate to the Apple Store!
  4. Support your Grade Basket: In March you will find out what prize your child’s Grade Basket will be. Send in as much as you would like to help purchase it. (i.e. 2012 Grade 2: Beach Bike)
  5. Print the Official Solicitation Letter (Official Solicitation Letter): Give it to your dance schools, favorite restaurants, pet groomer, gym, hair dresser, nail salon, karate teachers, pizza shop, coffee stop… Many are grateful for the chance to donate & they get to advertise for free to our whole school community. Add a personal note & put it in an envelope & leave it with your payment!
  6. Donate a PRIZE: from your family, business, neighborhood, Bunco group, Scout Troop or on behalf of your graduate. NEW THIS YEAR! If you donate a prize valued at $50 or more, you receive 1 complimentary sheet of blue tickets (lower tier prizes). Contact Pamela Sachs, Solicitation Chair, at [email protected] for information on this great opportunity.
  7. Volunteer! Email Julie Horne, Event Chair. Want to get involved in a big way? Be the Gift Bag Committee Chair (solicit gift bag donations, collect & assemble for 400 guests). A little way? Sign up to run prizes to winners on the night of the event.

After 3 years, this is my last year Chairing the Tricky Tray. Please consider getting a group of friends together & taking over this important fundraiser. It’s a lot of fun, very creative & fulfilling. Email me for more info & thanks for your support! Julie Horne, Event Chair [email protected]

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BPS Variety/Talent Show

Brookside is again putting on a variety/talent show. The show will be held at Orange Ave. School on Thursday, April 11, 2013 with a rehearsal evening set for OAS on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Each individual class will perform. Volunteers are needed to direct acts as well as monitor children in the cafeteria and help backstage. If you would like to help, I can be reached either through the school, via email [email protected] or by calling my cell ( 908 868 0935).

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Ice Hockey Cancer Fundraiser

Help Will beat cancer by attending a very special Ice Hockey game…Cranford vs. Westfield on February 6th at 8:30 p.m.  Please see flyer for details Ice Hockey Cancer Fundraiser


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PTC Scholarship Luncheon

Please join us at our annual PTC Scholarship Luncheon on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.   All will enjoy a cozy afternoon with friends – old and new, as we raise funds for the PTC Scholarship Fund awarded annually to Cranford High School Seniors.  Please complete, detach & return the information included in the flyer PTC Scholarship Luncheon Flyer along with check by February 3rd.

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