People work with people they know, like, and trust. We need to have a real relationship with our clients and business partners (i.e. not Facebook or email relationships).
The following is a list of ideas for appreciation events. I personally don’t want to do all of these but I’m recording the ideas as a reference for others.
A great “rule of thumb” is to participate in existing events that are hosted by local organizations and charities. They’ll do all the administrative work while we raise awareness and bring people.
At the bottom of this page there is a form where you can submit your suggestions and recommendations for ideas. Thank you in advance for sharing.
Table of Contents
This is the format of the events.
- Food Related
- Business Related
- Generic Ideas
- Cool Venues & Events
- Hosting Venue Ideas
These are ideas that are specific to a month.
- Super Bowl Squares – have portion of donations go towards charity or allow people to donate their winnings to a charity.
- North Texas Food Bank – Empty Bowls Event – Feb. 27, 2020
- Oscar party at Studio Movie Grill
- March Madness watching party (first Thursday of games)
- March Madness Brackets – perhaps donate a portion to charity
- St. Patty’s party
- Byron Nelson Golf Tournament
- Flower arrangement class
- Dallas Arboretum – concert on the lawn (i.e. “Cool Thursdays”) – April
- Skittles Gladney Six Flags (www.IamGladney.org/sixflags19)
- Cinco de Mayo / Margarita Taste-Off
- Taste of Addison – May 29-31st – http://tasteaddisontexas.com/
- Top Golf – do this during US Open so we can watch it. I think a Realtor or mortgage association may do this.
- Bowling – Richardson Chamber of Commerce Bowling Tournament
- Neighborhood Flags – put flags in the yards of your neighborhood
- Dallas Arboretum – concert on the lawn (i.e. “Cool Thursdays”) – September
- Oktoberfest – McKinney Brewery – had beer tasting. Melissa had an event there.
- Addison Oktoberfest
- Texas State Fair
- Skeet and trap shooting – Jeff invited me to a Big Brothers, Big Sisters charity event at Elm Fork. Not sure of the costs but it was really fun. https://www.elmfork.com/charity-fundraising-events/
- Holiday family pics at the Arboretum. Hire a photographer to take family pics for holiday cards.
- Pie giveaway – Nick McCoy’s pie pick up (or nothing bundt cakes) – maybe go to the local since our office is hard to get to.
- Gift wrapping class
- Tree decorating class
- Pictures with Santa – you rent the Santa
- Cookie decorating and gingerbread houses
- Polar Express in Grapevine
- Dallas Arboretum – Christmas Village
- Galleria ice skating – I don’t want to but it’s an idea.
- Bowl Pick ‘Em
- Holiday Zoo Lights*
Holiday Zoo Lights – Ross did this – $10pp. It’s a 501C non-profit that the Zoo has to help their animals. They also help to get animals adopted. People can come in, say hi, gets Ross Team mittens, then go about their day in the zoo. Quick easy, appreciative. He also brings in 100 kids from a charity that helps foster kids. Total thing costs less than $5,000.
- Sushi Rolling – class where you can roll your own sushi.
- Cooking class
- Baking class / cake decorating
- Cheese tasting – Scardello https://scardellocheese.com/
- BBQ at Cattleacks or Terry Blacks – Texas Monthly ranked Cattlacks as the #3 restaurant in Texas for the best BBQ. Terry Blacks was in the top 50 and they now have a location in Dallas.
- Brisket class – Riz M knows a BBQ owner that will teach you how to trim the perfect brisket
- Local Yocal – In downtown McKinney, it’s a three hour class on everything about meat. At the end they grill the meat for you to eat.
- BBQ smoking class – I took a three hour smoking class that walked you through the whole process for all kinds of meats.
- Whiskey tasting – Len can do this.
- Wine tasting
- Craft Cocktails – cocktail class that teaches advanced bartending skills and tricks (like lighting an orange peel on fire or using a smoke gun).
- Rough Riders Game
- Rangers’ Opening Day – end of March (or any game)
- Frisco Hockey
- Allen Indoor Soccer
- Allen Hockey
- Bowling Contest (find charity doing one)
- Mav’s Game
- Cowboy Game
- Top Golf
- TX / OU
- World Cup
- Longest Drive Competition at local driving range.
- North Texas Food Bank
- Feed My Starving Children
- Habitat for Humanity
- St. Judes
- Wings 4 Warriors
- Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
- Susan G. Komen
- Dallas World Aquarium
- Grapevine Aquarium
- Perot Museum
- Frontiers of Flight Museum
- Archery class*
- Putt Putt
- Dave and Busters – power hour is $10 for all you can play
Archery class (for kids) – I would love this and I’ve wanted to get the girls there. It’s $10 for a one-hour session. I can’t imagine a private class would cost very much. http://texasarchery.info/
Professional headshot photos – hire a photographer to take updated headshots for business professionals.
Money Matters – monthly personal budget and financing class
Accountability Challenge (a.k.a. Coin Points) – this is a 60-day accountability challenge for LO and Realtors.
Investor class. How to flip. This seems like a lot of work and I doubt it would produce a huge return. We may consider doing this as a Facebook Live event. Maybe do it as a Q&A with a round table of people in that space. (i.e. Flipper, hard-money person, long-term rental guy, etc.)
Self defense prevention class (it’s not what you think) – Jeff shares stories and tips on how to be safe and not become a victim.
Movie. Buy tickets and meet me in the lobby. Tish Ashley May have done this.
Cigar Night – a regular, recurring quarterly cigar night that is open to anyone and everyone. Mark currently does this but it’s for his personal friends. The challenge will be finding a good, local cigar shop.
Cigar Rolling Lesson – class where you can roll your own cigar.
Self Defense Class for Women
Cool Venues & Events
Casino – get a bus to a casino ($10 pp)
Klyde Warren events – https://www.klydewarrenpark.org/
Painting with a twist – have a charity involved
Curling – Addison location, may be expensive but could be awesome
Fly casting class – Tailwaters in Dallas does this
Frisco Gun Club – have class on how to shoot better. Perhaps a LTC class.
Cider arcade – this is a bar that serves ciders and wine. They have tons of old school arcade games that you pay for free (after a $10 entry fee). We can do this with two drink coupons. https://www.cidercade.com/
Comedy club – https://www.dallascomedyhouse.com/ – my brother does improv there. It’s a fun evening. Tickets are $10. It’s easy: people show up, say hi, get a drink, and then go see the show. Simple, fun, different.
Waco, TX – Magnolia
Coin store – teach us coins, or attend a coin convention
Exotic car driving – Cresson, TX (west of Texas) – https://drivexotic.com/
Tank Driving – Uvalde, TX (west of San Antonio) – https://www.drivetanks.com/
Hosting Venue Ideas
- Lockwood Distillery – Richardson – Evan
- The Mint Julep – Rockwall – Calise
- El Camino – Dallas, near Love Field
- Bluffview Growler – Dallas, near Love Field