Thanks to Treasure Hunters Roadshow and THR Associates a Springfield, Illinois-based company, churches, charities, clubs and service organizations now have a new way to raise money. Treasure Hunters Roadshow, “modern day treasure hunters” that travel the country buying rare, collectible and precious items for their collector’s network, is now offering mini-roadshows helping charities raise thousands of dollars.
After some successful events in small towns throughout the Midwest, Treasure Hunters Roadshow is now accepting applications for THR Charity Fundraisers throughout the USA. The fundraisers are free of charge to the hosting charity. Complete details including a simple application form are available at http://www.thrcharityfundraisers.com or by calling Matthew Enright at (217) 241-3170.
Treasure Hunters Roadshow hosts 1,000 events every year in the USA, Canada and Europe. At these week-long shows, Treasure Hunters Roadshow experts evaluate broken jewelry, gold, silver coins, collectibles and antiques and buy the items on the spot for their collector’s network. Even in small communities, THR can buy up to $500,000 or more in a single week, a significant boost to the local economy.
The idea for the THR “Charity” Parties actually came from a church in Huntsville. The United Methodist church approached THR & Associates to ask if their members could bring their collectibles to a local Roadshow, but have some of the money from the sale go back to the church. Polly Parsons, sister of THR founder Jeff Parsons, immediately saw a great opportunity for the company to do good and agreed to take on the project.
“Working with the church to publicize the fundraiser, Treasure Hunters Roadshow sent a team to the church free of charge. Parishioners brought their gold, silver and collectibles to the church. Treasure Hunters Roadshow evaluated the collectibles, made people a fair and honest offer, but instead of paying each individual we wrote a large check at the end of the event directly to the Church. In one night they raised $9,000.
“Because high unemployment had caused a drop in donations, this event was literally a ‘godsend’ to the United Methodist church,” said Polly Parsons. “Most charities, churches and other nonprofit and service groups are experiencing a decline in donations because of the economy. Not everyone has extra cash to give to a charity, but almost everyone has broken jewelry, coins, old diamond rings, antiques or collectibles that are worth a lot of money. THR began as a small company and we’re still true to our small town roots so we’re thrilled to be able to use our company to help communities raise money.”
How It Works
Charities contact Treasure Hunters Roadshow to set up a Roadshow. Treasure Hunters Roadshow works with the select a date and location for the show and ensure that the charity publicizes the event to its members and the community. THR sends a Treasure Hunters Roadshow team of experts to evaluate the gold, silver and collectibles. Between 10 percent and 100 percent of the money spent by Treasure Hunters Roadshow to acquire the collectibles can go back 100 precent to the charity, with the balance going to the members or donors. Treasure Hunters Roadshow writes check on the spot to everyone involved.
“We hope that organizations throughout the country will contact us and take advantage of this opportunity,” said Polly Parsons. “With 50 Treasure Hunters Roadshow teams on the road each week, we could do hundreds of these charity events a year. Contact us and let us help you do good work in your community.”
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