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PostSubject: The 2014 SUGAR Group House Party RRRoundup!   January 4th 2014, 17:00


The 2014 SUGAR Group House Party RRRoundup!


Yes, you read that right.  This year’s RRRoundup is just around the corner and this year the SUGAR Group is shaking things up.

Instead of having one location for a large gathering, this year we are using our webcast service to link together smaller house party locations from across the U.S.   This will be an exciting event, and allows us to have speakers and demonstrations and such from some knowledgeable owners/breeders/vendors/rescuers/scientists who otherwise could not make the event while still ensuring that attendees are gathering with other sugar glider lovers for fun and fellowship.  

You will have the opportunity to attend a house party within driving distance of your home location OR to join us via the live webcast from the comfort of your own home.  There is no reason for you to miss this spectacular event this year!

As always, we will be releasing more and more details in the coming weeks as things get confirmed and set in stone.  However, we wanted to get the word out so that you all can begin planning for how you might participate in the event this year.  



So, here are basic details:

2014 House Party RRRoundup
Dates: Friday, Feb. 28 (In some locations only) &  Saturday, March 1, 2014

House Party Locations and Hostesses:

Amarillo, TX / Texas panhandle  -   Hostesses Chris Reams and Val Betts -  Location:  address to be given to registered attendees only.

Austin, TX area -  Hostess Shawna Grupe – Location:  TBA

Arlington, VA/ DC area -  Hostess Aimee Darling -  Location:  TBA

Metro Detroit, MI -  Hostess Karen Milas -  Location TBA

Chicago area, IL -  Hostess Jen Kloepfer -  Location TBA

Additional locations to be announced as confirmed.  
** If you are interested in hosting a house party in your area AND believe you can gather a group of at least 6 people for the event, then please contact Val Betts (Something_To_Believe_In ) for additional information.  


In the coming weeks, we will be releasing site specific information for each house party.  While the information presented and some of the activities will be the same, each location will also be unique in their personality and social activities.  We are going to have a great deal of fun in the weeks leading up to this event as well!  

Registration will open some time in the next 2 weeks, so keep an eye on this thread for more information and updates!  

We can’t wait to see you on March 1st!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: The 2014 SUGAR Group House Party RRRoundup!   January 19th 2014, 13:58

Registration for the 2014 RRRoundup for those attending in person will include:

* All take-away materials for attendee
* One free bingo card at Pouch Bingo (where it is played)
* Lunch on Saturday (Dinner is on your own)
* Web connection with all other sites for the day of the event

Registration Fees (for those attending in person):
Early Registration (Today - Feb. 7, 2014) = $20
Registration (Feb. 8 - Feb. 26, 2014) = $25



All Registration fees must be paid in full prior to the event. Though we can accept registration paid at the door, we cannot guarantee meals for those who do not pay prior to Feb. 26.


REGISTRATION TO PARTICIPATE ONLINE

For those registering to participate from home online, registration will include:

* Access to the online webcast Saturday, March 1, 2014
* Chat interface with the live broadcast on Saturday
* All conference materials will be emailed to you prior to the event
* One entry into our special door prize drawings for those participating online ONLY
* Ability to participate in our online "after party" Saturday night following the event.


Registration Fees (for those participating online):
Early Registration (Today - Feb. 7, 2014) = $10
Registration (Feb. 7 - Feb. 25, 2014) = $15

Due to the logistics of this event, we will NOT be able to accept registration to participate online after Feb. 25, 2014. You MUST register and PAY IN FULL prior to Feb. 25, 2014 to participate live online.


VENDOR REGISTRATION

Vendor registration is FREE again this year for paid registrants. Space is limited, so will be on a first come/first served basis.
We DO need you to register that you intend to vend, so please fill out the vendor registration form on the SUGAR Group website.


Registration is open here:
http://www.sugargroup.org/-----Register-to-attend.html
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PostSubject: Re: The 2014 SUGAR Group House Party RRRoundup!   January 19th 2014, 14:09

Please be aware that the details specific to each site hosting a house party will be posted on The Sweet Spot at http://thesweetspot.forumotion.net/t2456-house-party-site-specific-information and on The SUGAR Group website at http://www.sugargroup.org/2014-RRRoundup-Information.html. Please check out those pages for more detailed information on each location. Hope to see you all there!
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PostSubject: Re: The 2014 SUGAR Group House Party RRRoundup!   January 27th 2014, 21:41

***Call for Donations***

It is no secret that the success of the SUGAR Group's fundraising efforts throughout the year are directly related to the generosity of the amazing vendors in this community. We are so very grateful to each of you who have contributed to our efforts throughout the year, as this directly helps us pay our lab bill each month (which averages $400 per month).

As you may know, the RRRoundup is quickly approaching. This is one of our largest fundraising efforts of the year. So, we are calling upon vendors to once again help us out.

This year, the RRRoundup has a very different format from other years, so we have 6 different locations/sites that we are responsible for providing items for. We are asking for donations in various categories for the RRRoundup:

* Donation to the raffle/auction (all profit after RRRoundup expenses are paid will go to research efforts of the SUGAR Group. Donations to raffles/auctions will be distributed amongst the house parties so that each location will have several items to raffle or auction off. )

* Donation to pouch Bingo - safe pouches and specialty sleeping spaces are required for the prizes for bingo this year. Single pouches, bonding pouches or specialty sleeping spaces only, please (no sets).

* Donation to the "door prizes" and auctions for those participating from home. Gift certificates are acceptable as are actual prizes. We will put together several auction packages again this year and will also offer a few door prizes. So, anything is game here. ANY item that you have to donate can fall in this category.

* Donation of supplies for the event - pens, pocket folders, break treats, copy paper, etc. are all needed. If you wish to donate in this manner, PLEASE contact Val prior to purchase so that she can ensure we don't get hundreds of the same thing. Smile

* Gift bag donations - 60 of an item for the gift bags. Again, these will be divided out and sent to each home so that all paid participants receive these items.


Because we know that your time and your items are valuable, we are prepared to offer you the following in return for a donation of any size:

This year, we are making a special offer to our friends who donate. So, any vendor who donates at least TWO items may participate in our “Swap Shop.” We will take your pre-made items and distribute them to the various locations where they will be available for sale to the participants in that home. This will allow you to make your items available to potential customers all throughout the U.S. (Austin, Amarillo, Detroit, Chicago, Northern Colorado, and MD/VA/DC). It will also allow us to provide a wider variety of products to the small groups gathered at each of these locations.
RULES for participation in this SWAP SHOP:
• You may send a small number of items for the 6 homes participating. Please do not send more than 40 items TOTAL. You will only have to ship them once – To Val’s house – and we will distribute them to each home. Think a “sampling” of your items – 5 or so per home should suffice.
• Please be sure that items intended for the SWAP SHOP are clearly labeled as such with your business card and a price attached to each item.
• Please be aware that the cost of shipping unsold items back to you will be taken out of the sales income made from selling your items. If NONE Of your items sell, then you will be responsible for the cost of shipping them back to you. Your local house party hostess will have more ideas for you at the time of the event to assist with increasing sales and with shipping costs.
• Please send a list of items that you sent for sales so that we can account for all sales appropriately.
• ONLY those vendors who donate TWO or more items to the event may participate.



In addition to this opportunity, we will also offer the following in return for donations:

1) ANYONE who donates will be listed and thanked in our program and on a special “thank you” page of the ads running during breaks on the webcast.

2) Because the RRRoundup is being webcast this year, we have a potential world-wide audience. Therefore, we will be displaying a slide show during breaks which will feature some special trivia and advertisements. Vendors who donate will receive the following:

** Those who donate to any two of the above will receive a 1/8 page ad with their logo displayed.

** Those who donate to the raffle AND pouch bingo AND either the gift bags, OR a door prize/auction item (3 items total) will receive one ¼ page ad

*** Those who donate to the raffle ,pouch bingo, a door prize/auction item AND either gift bags or a second raffle item (4 items total) will receive on half page ad

**** Those who donate to the raffle, pouch bingo, and any combination of THREE other items (5 items total) will receive one full page ad

***** Those who donate to the raffle, pouch bingo and any combination of FIVE other items (7 items total) will receive one full page AND one 1/8 page ad

Deadline for donations is February 15th, 2014. While donations will be accepted after this time, we will not guarantee the ads for any donations that are received after the cut off date (this is the date we will begin working on the slideshow ads and will prepare all boxes for shipping to hostesses.)

Please include your business card with each of your donations so that attendees will know where to go to order more!

Please send all donations to:

SUGAR Group
c/o Val Betts
604 Deahl St.
Borger, TX 79007

We so appreciate your contributions to our research efforts. Thanks in advance!
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