Wednesday, July 24, 2013

SEED Chicago, Crowd-funding the Taste of Rogers Park

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce's events coordinator, Mark Finley came up with this great idea three years ago to have a Taste of Rogers Park. The initial idea was to bring people from all over the United States to show them the beaches, the art district, the eclectic small businesses, and the cultural diversity the perseveres throughout our community day in and day out.

Since the ideas incubation, it has drastically shifted. As a board we decided that the Taste of Rogers Park should be a benefit to the community, by the community. 

As a result, the Taste of Rogers Park will host mostly local musicians and businesses. 

Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce members will have priority, businesses that work in Rogers Park will follow our members, and non-Rogers Park businesses will be very limited in participating in the Taste of Rogers Park. 

We are hopeful that local musicians will come out of the wood work and play their songs on our stage, and that local organizations will help by face-painting, doing arts and crafts and other fun items for children. 

Musicians will get an hour on stage with half hour take-downs in-between where sponsors and community based organizations will have the opportunity to speak to the crowd!

There will be forty tables in total at our first Taste of Rogers Park:

-Twenty Restaurants
  • $400.00 for a table, plus insurance
-Ten For-Profits
  • $300.00 for a table, plus insurance
-Ten Not-For-Profits
  • $200.00 for a table, plus insurance 
The tables will start selling, if we reach our goal, in February of 2014. Chamber members will receive a $100.00 discount on their table. The funding for tables will go towards the amazing musicians who will be performing on stage and selling their music throughout the day.

For those who want a table, we highly recommend going to Insurance Brokers INC, a Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce member, and getting a quote. 

Our Sponsorship Levels are:

-Silver Level Sponsorship
  • logos in our flyers, press releases, and posters
-Gold Level Sponorship
  • logos in our flyers, press releases, and posters
  • logo on our banners
-Platinum Level Sponsorship
  • logos in our flyers, press releases, and posters
  • logo on our banners
  • Name mentions on stage, and ability to speak on stage
The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce Secretary has been working hard to ensure that the funding is accurate and up-to-date. 

Application Cost 35 plus additional fees (1,000)

Insurance Cost 400 

Generator Cost 175 

T-Shirt Purchase 2,500

Tickets, Banners, etc 2,000

Tents 2,500 

Stage 570 

Additional Charges 920 estimate

Running Estimate $10,000 

If the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce makes it's $10,000.00 goal, World Business Chicago will be giving us an additional $5,000.00. That money would go towards CAPS for their hard work, especially since the beat officers will be the ones checking in on the event, and towards funding other Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce events such as our Fresh Start Mondays, Rogers Park Art Tour, and Going Green Campaign! 

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us:

info@rogerspark.cc

(773) 850-0049