What not to do at your work party fundraiser

Guys having fun playing ten pin bowling

A work party at the bowling alley is not only the perfect way to fundraise for your company or organisation of choice, it's also a great way to let your hair down with friends, family and colleagues.

However, there's a fine line between letting your hair down, and going too far by throwing Grandma's wig down the alley in substitute of a bowling ball.

With this in mind, here's a list of what not to do at your work party fundraiser to avoid being the entertainment (not in a good way), or worse - the fundraising work party grinch.

Pressure attendees for donations

While the obvious objective of your fundraiser is to raise as large an amount as possible, it's also important to remember donating is not an automatic obligation of your attendees. With a bowling party at the AMF bowling alley, most of your funds will be raised through ticket sales. However, there's also the option of holding a raffle to boost your total. It's a definite no-no to pressure your guests or make them feel guilty for not donating as much as you would like - so ensure you are gracious!

Get too silly

If you're hosting a fundraiser for your company, it's important to remember to maintain a professional image. While we understand bowling is a highly exciting game, it's not a good look to be screaming, dancing and generally going over the top whenever someone gets a strike or you take the lead in your game. By all means, be enthusiastic - but there is such a thing as too enthusiastic, too!

Be a bad sport

Competition is an unavoidable part of a bowling game, and chances are, there will be someone at your fundraiser who's a better bowler than you are. The worst thing you can do in this situation is throw a tantrum or sulk. No one wants to donate to a sore loser, and graciousness is always impressive.