The Power of Wish and Mission

Learn helpful checklist items for non-profit organizations planning a special event.

Non profit background

Read about Make-A-Wish® of Northeast Ohio’s upcoming 29th Annual Halloween Benefit.

What’s in a wish? Hope. Thought. The seed of lasting memories. The spark to a mission. Magic. There’s some powerful stuff in each one of these alone, and much more when joined together.

One member of our staff, Rose Serraglio, is actively involved in the local Make-A-Wish® organization. Rose is committed to more than “it’s for a good cause”. Rose is a key participant in perpetuating a good cause and is chairwoman of next month’s annual event:

Make-A-Wish® of Northeast Ohio’s 29th Annual Halloween Benefit

October 26, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM

St. Clarence Hall at The Church of St. Clarence
30106 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted, OH

Proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish® of Northeast Ohio

Ron Howard & The Band Cruisin’
$30 in advance/$35 at the door

Ticket price includes dinner and dessert buffet, beer and wine.
Must be 21 years old or over.

$500 Spooktacular Costume Contest*
*With 250 in attendance
Silent Auction, Chinese Raffle, Fabulous Prize Wheel,
50/50 Draw, Door Prizes
Rose:  440-777-1970      Donna:  440-777-1045     Nancy:  440-328-5198

Rose can attest there is a lot of work and planning required to put together a special event for a non-profit organization. While not by any means all-inclusive, the following are important checklist items for non-profit organizations planning a special event:

  1. Depending on the size and nature of the special event, it may be appropriate to purchase special event insurance coverage. If alcohol is served or permitted, a separate insurance policy for liquor liability should be considered and  addressed. Some special event insurance policies may include liquor liability as an optional coverage, subject to an additional charge.

  2. Routine steps such as securing the event location and the event entertainment usually include the signing of contracts to avoid misunderstandings between the non-profit organization and the other party(ies) to the contract. It is common for the owner of the venue to require the non-profit organization putting on the  special event to furnish the owner with a certificate of insurance. Often the owner of a venue will request that he/she/it be included as an additional  interested party on the certificate of insurance. It is a good idea for the non-profit organization to require paid service providers (i.e. entertainers, caterers) furnish a certificate of insurance naming the non-profit organization as an additional interested party.

  3. Organizational details frequently include:
    -set up/clean up
    -managing the attractions
    -obtaining sponsors
    -printing and sales of tickets

Volunteer assistance is crucial. The person(s) in charge of a special event is pivotal in every aspect of its success, from being readily available to assist hands-on to communicating with volunteers a good balance between commitment and fun. There’s powerful stuff in seeding lasting memories, attracting committed volunteers to the long-term mission … and sparking real magic.

Richey-Barrett Insurance is your Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agent for non-profit organization insurance, including Special Event Coverage. While we cannot make wishes come true, part of our mission is to assist you in obtaining quality insurance that is appropriate for your day-to-day operations, as well as for special events.


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