Let's use this thread to discuss ideas & progress related to the program books and our ticket line banner. Note: All constructive suggestions and comments are welcome Program Books: LordINVAR is currently working on a design for our program books for opening night. These program books are what will generate donations for our charity, the NDRF. The preliminary concept is that with a minimum $3 donation a person will get a complimentary program book. You might be asking WHY would someone donate at least $3 to get one of these program books: 1) They will have valuable coupons in them for restaurants and stores around the area. This is where are sponsorship is mandatory. No sponsorship, no program books. We will get this sponshorship by selling advertising space in the programs. However, I don't believe this will be a problem, especially after we tell them not only how many people these will reach, but also that the proceeds will benefit charity. However, it is the most important step in getting these program books made and raising a good deal of donations for the NDRF. 2) It's for a good cause. $3 is a pretty small donation, especially when people will be benefitting from the coupons they contain. It all adds up though. I'm thinking along the lines of printing at least 500 of these. There will probably be at least 2 theaters showing Episode II opening night. The two largest ones which are 400-450 seaters. That's between 800-900 people. I think its a pretty safe bet that at least 60% of the people will want one of these especially if its going to a good cause. Stacy from the NDRF has even volunteered to either be there or have someone be there representing the NDRF. 3) Giveaways & prizes . We are going to put a number on the inside back cover of each of these and have a drawing for prizes. I'm thinking of several things like action figures, mugs, T-shirts perhaps even an Episode II poster signed by C-3PO (I've already decided to contribute this). And anything else our group wants to contribute or the merchants want to donate. 4) Memorabilia. To simply have something to remember the event by. I've been looking for something inexpensive to laminate the ticket stub to the inside cover of the program or a transparent case. Maybe we could even use the little stamp envelopes they sell at collectors shops. Any suggestions on these are welcome. After LordINVAR sends me a format, (sometime early next week) I'll display it here, get printing costs, and we can discuss it at our next meeting. I'll hopefully have maybe 5 prototypes for people to take with them to show merchants. I'll try to have this for our April 6th meeting if I can. I will also have copies of a letter the NDRF is sending me to show legitimate proof of our intent to merchants. As far as the banner goes, I love the Yoda idea, "BEGUN THIS STAR WARS (or ticket line) LINE HAS." I got an estimate at a local printer today. When I told the manager what it was for and that we would be raising money for charity, she knocked of 20%. It comes to $350 for a 4' x 12' Banner. This money will come out of what we raise from merchants for advertising space in the flyers. If by chance we don't sell the minimum amount of advertising space, we don't do the banner. No biggy, but it would look mighty cool hanging above the doors to the Thoroughbred! I'll factor this in to our total price as well as some costs for compensating people in our group for giveaway prizes. The printers need at least three days to print this banner. I will be creating the vector image they need to work with. I'll post it as a Jpeg image in this thread when I have a final done. We can discuss all this at the meeting on April 6th. It's gonna be awesome baby!!! yah!