The Merlot Canvas

Fundraising Events

Paint & Sip parties are excellent for fundraising!
The Merlot Canvas has supplies to accommodate up to 35 painters for your event.
To book a Fundraising Event you must expect to host a minimum of 20 guests.

What we provide:
1) Everything needed to reproduce the featured painting including step-by-step instruction by a qualified artist.
2) If you plan to have raffle items at your fundraiser, will will also provide one Merlot Canvas gift certificate for two seats ($77 value) to be used at a future Merlot Canvas Paint & Sip event to be raffled off in order to raise additional funds. (Gift Certificate will be donated only if other raffle items are also included in your fundraiser.)

What you provide:
1) The location (venue) in which to host the event
2) Tables and seating for all painters (this is necessary for painting, as the easels are tabletop easels)
3) Table coverings if desired/needed
4) Food and beverages, if desired.

Standard procedure:
Each participant pays $45 (plus tax) for their seat.
The fund receives $25 per seat and The Merlot Canvas retains $20 per seat to cover supplies etc)
If we sell all 35 seats the fund can raise $875.00 (35 X $25 = $875)
plus any additional funds from the raffle of the gift certificate if you do a raffle.

(It is recommended that the fund obtain raffle items during the event to raise additional funds as these fundraisers pair very well together. If you do raffles as well, we will throw in a Merlot Canvas gift certificate for your raffle.)

Please note: You may charge any amount for your Paint & Sip, for examples, some fundraisers have opted to charge only $35 (plus tax) per seat as opposed to $45. However, The Merlot Canvas will still need to retain $20 per seat to cover supplies.) If $35 is charged the fund could potentially raise up to $525.00 from the Paint & Sip) You can customize your painting fee based on your particular demographic or what you plan to provide to your participants. You may charge $40, $50 or whatever you wish to. Some fundraisers have chosen to charge $50 and include food and drinks to the painters at no additional cost. Choose a fee that you believe would be appropriate for your specific event. 

There are two options for selling seats:

Option one:
The fund purchases all 35 (or however many seats they wish to host) at $20 (plus tax) per seat in advance of the event and then collects the painting fee from the attendees themselves (either in advance or at the door.)

Option two:
The attendees pay for their seats through The Merlot Canvas website in advance of the event and then The Merlot Canvas presents the fund with a check with their portion of the proceeds. (3-5 business days  after the event) 

Upon booking your Fundraiser please be prepared to provide the following information:

What is the name of your Fundraising Event

What is the address where your event will be held

what time will your event start

What painting would you like to reproduce for your event (Choose a painting option from our gallery.)

What seat selling method are you going with?

If you plan to have participants register/pay through the Merlot Canvas website please also provide the following information:

Please write a short blurb describing why, who or what are we raising money for to go in the information section of the calendar including these frequently asked questions:

will there be food and beverages available at the event (free, for a fee or ?) Will wine or other alcoholic beverages be available (free or for a fee?)

Is there an age limit for your event?

Will additional fundraising events (like a raffle) be happening as well?

Any other information a participant may want to know.

(Additional services: If you would like help advertising your event, I can make you an ad image that you can share on social media etc for $25)

Please let us know if you have any additional questions or suggestions!