For the first “Dealership Spotlight” of the summer, we’re introducing you to a Missouri dealership and a family who loves to fundraise. High Profit Fundraising, which is owned by the Rodgers family, joined the Butter Braid® Fundraising team 17 years ago. This family puts a lot of heart into their fundraisers. Through their love of fundraising and their love of helping others, the Rodgers are able to go above and beyond and help each group achieve their goals.
In the early 2000s, Jamie Rodgers owned a gymnastics gym and her husband, Tim, was working contracting jobs. As their sons got older, Jamie was missing out on a lot of their after-school activities because gymnastics is a mostly nighttime business. So, she started looking for a solution. That’s when she found Butter Braid Fundraising. Jamie was introduced to Butter Braid Pastries by her local dealer, Show Me Dough Fundraising. They were the dealership who helped organize a fundraiser for her gymnastics’ team. She was blown away by the product and really enjoyed fundraising with her team. Jamie thought to herself, “This is what I want to do!”
Later, both she and her husband attended the AFRDS (Association of Fund-Raising Distributors & Suppliers) Conference & Expo in Nashville. It was here that they approached the representatives of the Butter Braid brand and asked about opening their own dealership. After getting the green light, Jamie and Tim quit their jobs and jumped into the fundraising industry with both feet. In January 2005, they opened High Profit Fundraising in Sikeston, MO.
Changes to the Dealership
A lot has changed in 17 years. For the first six years, Jamie and Tim rented a freezer facility and ran High Profit Fundraising from their home. After that, the Rodgers moved the office out of their house, and they added a walk-in freezer to the business. Last year, they were able to add another walk-in freezer, so they could continue to expand their offerings.
Back in 2005, High Profit Fundraising’s territory only included western Tennessee. Every day the Rodgers had to drive over an hour to get to their territory since none was currently available in Missouri. However, High Profit Fundraising grew quickly and added on a lot more territory. Soon, they were also working in western Kentucky and southeast Missouri. As of 2022, High Profit Fundraising operates in six different states.
Fundraising is a lot of fun, but there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. This is especially true for a dealership as big as High Profit Fundraising. Tim oversees sales and the warehouse. Jamie does all the office work: sales, booking, scheduling, etc., and she is always ready to help Tim out with filling and delivering the orders. Carson, local high school student, helps out breaking down pallets and pulling orders. They also have a group of part-time workers that help during the busy season, so Tim and Jamie can spend as much time as possible focusing on their groups.
One thing that will never change for the Rodgers is how much they care about the causes and the groups they serve. They love being able to help those in their area fulfill their needs and share with them their love of fundraising. In the 17 years High Profit Fundraising has been working with these groups, they’ve helped raise over $3.5 million.
Passing on Their Love of Fundraising
Tim and Jamie aren’t the only members of the Rodgers family that were bitten by the fundraising bug. Their son Trey and his wife, Gus, share Tim and Jamie’s passion. These two have recently opened their own dealership in Missouri, so they can continue to spread their love of fundraising and Butter Braid Pastries with even more groups throughout the state. Jamie and Tim are very proud of them both and look forward to seeing them grow.
We are very blessed to have people as passionate as Jamie and Tim as part of the Butter Braid Fundraising family. If you are in their territory and looking to run a fundraiser, call High Profit Fundraising today! It’ll be the best fundraising experience you’ve ever had, and soon you’ll love fundraising almost as much as Tim and Jamie do.
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