Thursday, May 24, 2007

Help Georgia Young Dems Go to Dallas!

The Young Democrats of America biennial National Convention that is taking place July 18-21 in Dallas:

In order for a young democrat to go to Dallas, he or she faces the following costs:

  1. Convention Registration = $60
  2. Hotel Room (4 nights, 4 people to a room) = $155
  3. Travel Cost (airline, bus, or car) = $100-300
  4. Spending money for Dallas = $200 ($50/night)
The grand total is $515-715. For a young professional with a steady job, this cost is doable, but will require some savings. For anyone not employed full time, the costs are prohibitive, meaning that some of our best young talent simply cannot afford to go. After all, we're not Republicans with country club memberships and trust funds.

The fundraising program we are implementing to help out with the costs of attending this great event are outlined below. We know that the costs will pose a great financial burden on many of our members, so we are holding a prize drawing fundraiser to help fund your trip!

What is the Prize Drawing and How Will it work?
Starting today, YDG is selling $10 prize drawing tickets. The ticket sales will go through Saturday, June 30th. Ticket purchasers will have a chance to win one of two domestic travel vouchers that we will be giving away. We will be drawing the tickets during a party at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta on Friday, July 13th .

Physical tickets will be sold by YDG members. We have also set it up so that people can purchase tickets online (check out

With the funds raised with this prize drawing, YDG is prepared to pay for your convention registration fees, as well as your hotel room. So pretty much, if you can get yourself there, then you are set!

The only way we can fund everyone the $215 subsidy (registration fees and hotel) is if you buy tickets! Contrary to popular opinion, grant funds generally cannot be spent on national convention. $10 is a bargain for a free plane trip too! Plus, your money is going to a good cause that will allow 37 Young Georgia Democrats to partake in national convention and all the fantastic grassroots training it will offer!

We are requiring everyone who plans on attending the YDA National convention to sell at least 30 prize drawing tickets between now and June 30th.

We have created a website off of the YDG website for ticket purchases. Once you send our Vice President of Finance your name, she will add it to the drop down "Sponsor a YDG Member" menu on the ticket purchase site. After that you can tell your family and friends to just go on to, click on the Prize Drawing links, select you as the member they wish to sponsor, and you will be well on your way to attaining your 30 ticket sales goal!

Any questions? Feel free to contact Nicolette at anytime by email ( ) or by phone (404-538-7262) and she would be happy to answer them!