Dealership Spotlight: Uplifting Promotions

on September 22, 2022

September has finally arrived, and it has brought more than falling leaves and colder temperatures. It’s also brought a new “Dealership Spotlight” feature! For this month’s spotlight, we’re featuring a dealership that has devoted itself to making fundraising easy and FUN for everyone it partners with. Uplifting Promotions has been part of the Butter Braid® Fundraising family since 2005. For 17 years, the team at Uplifting Promotions has been committed to offering superior customer service and simple fundraising programs to help group leaders, teachers, and volunteers in their efforts to reach their fundraising goals.

History

Julie Lyon’s desire to run her own business started with her parents. Both her mom and dad have run their own businesses ever since she was a little girl. She was incredibly inspired by them and carried that with her into adulthood. Though Julie was born and raised in Arizona, she did move away for a time and spent 7 years in Colorado where both of her kids were born. While there, she met Keith Wagner and Al Hooyman, the owners of Integrity Fundraising. The families spent a lot of time together, and they got to watch Integrity’s business continue to grow every year.

See, Julie always wanted to have her own business, but it couldn’t just be any business. So, when Keith and Al told her about Butter Braid Pastries, its fundraising programs, and its unique mission to “Share the Good”, Julie knew this was an opportunity she didn’t want to pass up. A fundraising dealership sounded like the perfect fit for her family. In 2005, Uplifting Promotions opened in Julie’s hometown of Phoenix, Arizona.

Changes to the Dealership

Over 17 years, Julie has updated many areas of the dealership to streamline processes and make her fundraising programs as simple and seamless as possible. There is now an easy-to-navigate, mobile-friendly website, automated reminder and response emails for customers, and improved information for group leaders. Uplifting Promotions has also added an online store for their groups to use. This new option allows sellers to promote their own, personal online store link via email, text, or social media. Supporters can order and pay online using a credit card or mobile wallet.

In 2020, Uplifting Promotions moved into its first commercial space after 15 years of being run from a home office. The dealership recently added its third freezer trailer and is excited to use it in fundraisers this fall. Uplifting Promotions also added a new product line to their offerings this last spring, and the team is excited about the positive feedback from group leaders, sellers, and supporters!

Julie has no idea how many hours she works – time flies by when you are helping groups raise dough! She is currently training a new Customer Service Specialist to help in the office. Uplifting Promotions also has 3 seasonal delivery drivers, but the business could always use more. If you know anyone in the area looking for extra work in October-December and February-April, give her a call!

Fundraising Groups

Uplifting Promotions has always strived to make its fundraising programs as successful and easy as possible for group leaders. Julie loves being able to help groups reach their fundraising goals. With the help of Uplifting Promotions, groups have been able to raise funds for so many wonderful causes. Underprivileged students have gotten to go on international trips, teachers have been able to order much-needed supplies, scholarship funds have been replenished, and the list goes on. Since 2005, Uplifting Promotions has sold almost 1.5 million items through their fundraisers.

Group leaders really appreciate Uplifting Promotions’ devotion to their causes and its efforts to make fundraising a hassle-free process. One baseball team mom wrote, “Thank you so much for a successful fundraiser. My oldest son is 20, so I have been doing school fundraisers for a very long time. This was the most well-organized, easiest fundraiser I have ever done. The pastries are so easy to sell, and you have this process so fine tuned that it made my job almost foolproof. Your employees were very efficient and pleasant as well. I will definitely be suggesting our school partners with you in the future for upcoming fundraisers.”

Uplifting Promotion’s Mission

Julie is very passionate about the mission behind Uplifting Promotions. When asked about it, she said, “Providing the best customer service to my groups is so important to me. These group leaders are mainly volunteers and teachers. They have their own jobs, families, friends, etc. to juggle, so making fundraisers easy for them is always my #1 goal. I do everything I can to cushion them from impacts like the product shortages, pricing increases, and operational costs that we’ve been navigating the last 2 years.”

We have been blessed to have Uplifting Promotions as part of the Butter Braid Fundraising team for the last 17 years. The team at Uplifting Promotions is incredibly passionate about the work they do, and they’re looking forward to continuing to help the groups in their community for many more years to come. If you’re in Arizona and looking for a “WOW” fundraising experience, call Uplifting Promotions or reach out on the company’s website. They will set you up with an easy fundraising program that your group members and supporters will ask for again and again.

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Website: https://upliftingpromotions.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raisesomedough/

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Dealership Spotlight: LaBraid Fundraising

on August 26, 2022

August has arrived, and it has brought with it a new “Dealership Spotlight” post. This month we’re featuring LaBraid Fundraising out of Indiana. LaBraid Fundraising has been part of the Butter Braid® brand for decades, even before it became the fundraising-exclusive brand you’ve all come to know and love. Since the very beginning, the team at LaBraid Fundraising has distinguished themselves with their superior customer service, high-quality products, and dedication to helping their fundraising groups achieve their goals.  

History

LaBraid Fundraising is owned and operated by an incredibly kind, devoted group of individuals. This group includes Curt and Lyla Frank, Jason Martin, Josh Koch, Scott Kleckner, Shayla Brown, and Jill Lowrey. The business was started by Curt and Lyla Frank in 1992. The couple was looking for a new business opportunity that could replace the family’s dairy farm. They were looking for something unique; something that would allow them to be their own boss, that they could pass down to the next generation, and that would make a difference in their community.

At the time, the Butter Braid brand was just getting started. Marlene and Ken Banwart were thrilled to bring Curt and Lyla on board. In September 1992, the couple started out in a rented building where they were manufacturing the braided pastries themselves. They would continue to do so for the next 12 years. When the brand began to switch over to the fundraising dealership model, Curt and Lyla were ready to do the same with their business. In 1998, they opened LaBraid Fundraising in LaCrosse, Indiana. 

Changes to the Dealership

In 2003, LaBraid Fundraising went through a series of big changes. They stopped producing their own product and began to have it shipped in from the main manufacturing facility out of West Bend, Iowa. In that same year, the family built an office and warehouse building on their farmstead, so they could keep the business closer to home.

During that time, the Franks updated many areas of the business to streamline processes and make their fundraising programs as simple and seamless as possible. They also now have a whole team of sales representatives, support staff, and delivery drivers who work together to make each fundraiser a positive and successful event.

Fundraising Groups

It’s been an exciting 30-year journey for the team at LaBraid Fundraising. For them, it’s been a blessing to work with so many wonderful people and help them achieve their goals. They’ll always be so grateful for the relationships they’ve built; both the ones with their fundraising groups and with their fellow team members at LaBraid.

With three decades in the fundraising industry, LaBraid Fundraising has helped just about every group imaginable raise the funds they need. Since 1998, they’ve worked with schools, church groups, bands, choirs, sports teams, fire departments, K9 units, and so many others. To date, they’ve run more than 10,000 fundraisers and helped raise over $15 million.  

Sellers and group leaders love the unwavering support they receive from LaBraid Fundraising. It makes the fundraising process so simple and easy. A local group leader from an Indiana Elementary School says, “Their superb product sells itself, but LaBraid makes it easy to facilitate the sales. I recommend LaBraid to you to help you meet your fundraising needs.”

What It’s Like Working at LaBraid Fundraising

After 30 years of owning LaBraid Fundraising, Curt and Lyla Frank are especially grateful for the incredible team they get to work with every day. Their team is just as grateful and appreciative for the opportunity they’ve been given to help others through their work at LaBraid Fundraising.

With so many years in the industry, there have also been some challenges the team has had to weather. In recent years, especially, they’ve been dealing with shortages on all fronts. Jill Lowrey says that you shouldn’t even get her started on the slow Internet services in LaCrosse, IN.

Even though there has been a fair share of difficulties, the team at LaBraid is always looking on the bright side of things. They say there is no shortage of great laughs around the office. When the whole team is together, they know it is going to be a good day.

LaBraid Fundraising has been a wonderful addition to the Butter Braid Fundraising family, and we are very thankful to have had this dealership with us for the last three decades. Curt, Lyla, and their team are an exceptional group of people who truly love what they do and always give 100% to each group they work with. If you are looking to run a fundraiser in central or northern Indiana; east central Illinois; southwest Michigan; or extreme northwest, west central, or southwest Ohio; call LaBraid Fundraising today or reach out on their website. Their superior customer service and years of experience will have you reaching your fundraising goals in no time.  

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Website: https://www.labraidfundraising.com/

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Dealership Spotlight: Bee’s Fundraising

on July 22, 2022

A new month has arrived which means we’re ready for another “Dealership Spotlight”. For July, we’re introducing you to Bee’s Fundraising in Amarillo, TX. Bee’s Fundraising joined the Butter Braid® Fundraising team relatively recently, coming on board in 2017. For the owner of Bee’s Fundraising, there is no greater joy than helping groups achieve their fundraising goals. That’s why he has dedicated himself to helping local groups and giving them new experiences with his dealership’s easy-to-run fundraising programs.

History

Doug Sims is a born entrepreneur. Over the past four decades, he has owned seven different businesses. He’s been in everything from a sprinkler and landscaping business to multiple restaurants to insurance adjusting firms to real estate to consulting. Though Doug has always been an entrepreneur at heart, for over 25 years, his full-time job was as a surgical device sales representative. In fact, he still consults in this field today when he has time available. As of 2022, Doug has had his hand in helping people, surgically, for over 35 years.

Doug has always been ready and willing to try new things and take on any challenge that comes his way. He didn’t know it yet, but those qualities, along with his desire to serve others, would one day make him the perfect person to lead his fundraising groups to reaching their goals.

The decision to move into the fundraising industry happened after Doug was introduced to Butter Braid Pastries and their fundraising program. He was very impressed by how supporters reacted to this particular fundraiser. The people who bought products from a local Butter Braid Fundraiser could not stop raving about how great they were and about all the good the fundraiser was doing for the community. That’s when Doug began to think about opening his own fundraising dealership. He saw it as the perfect opportunity to continue helping others, in a unique way, with a one-of-a-kind product which is exactly the kind of opportunity he’d been looking for. On April 25, 2017, Doug Sims opened Bee’s Fundraising in Amarillo, Texas.

Changes to the Dealership

Over the years, Doug Sims has greatly expanded Bee’s Fundraising’s infrastructure. The business has gone from just a few, simple chest freezers and a pick-up truck as a delivery vehicle to a 20 ft. x 20 ft. walk-in freezer, 2 delivery trailers, and a forklift. All these modifications to tools and equipment have helped Bee’s Fundraising better serve even more groups in the area and make the fundraising process even smoother.

Doug has always had a great support system in his family. His wife, Donna, is a co-owner of the business and helps when she can. When she’s not at Bee’s Fundraising, Donna is a full-time charge nurse at the local VA Medical Center where she helps veterans in the long-term care facility. Because Bee’s Fundraising has done so much growing in the last couple of years, Doug has recently hired his first non-family employee that will be starting in fall 2022 to help with administrative work.

Fundraising Groups

Bee’s Fundraising is a dealership that believes in serving the community. Doug, Donna, and their team say that their passion comes from helping others. They find joy in knowing that they played a part in helping families have new experiences without having to pay for them out of pocket. Doug says he believes children should not have to miss out on activities they are interested in because of their family’s financial situation. He and his team are proud to offer groups the tools they need to raise funds and to support their causes.

Bee’s Fundraising has supported plenty of causes over the last five years with their simple, hassle-free fundraisers. Some of the groups they’ve worked with include church groups, bands, choirs, orchestras, athletics groups, AAU teams, Kairos Ministry groups, and daycares. In total, Bee’s Fundraising has helped groups raise over $750,000 in their first fives years. According to Doug, the business is on track to surpass $1 million raised in 2023.

The Story Behind the Name

Doug gets asked about the name of his dealership quite often. Why name your fundraising business Bee’s? You don’t sell honey or beehives or bee keeping equipment…or even bees! Well, there’s actually a really simple reason why. “Bees is the name my 9 grandsons call me,” Doug explains. “My oldest grandson, Brody, was supposed to call me ‘Bug’ because it rhymes with Doug and Donna was going to be Nonna. However, Brody, who is now 17 and a Senior in high school, was unable to say bug. He could say Bees though, so it stuck. Thus, we now have Bee’s Fundraising.” Or, as it’s better known to all his grandsons, Granddad’s Fundraising.

Bee’s Fundraising has been a wonderful addition to the Butter Braid Fundraising family. Doug Sim’s positive energy and desire to help groups succeed are what make him and his dealership so inspiring. We can’t wait to see all the amazing things the future has in store for Bee’s Fundraising. If you’re a group in west Texas and need a fundraiser, give Bee’s Fundraising a call today or sign up online. You’ll “bee” very glad that you did.

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Website: https://beesfundraising.com/

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Dealership Spotlight: High Profit Fundraising

on June 24, 2022

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.

History

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.

Fundraising 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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Website: https://highprofitfr.com/

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Dealership Spotlight: Partners for Profit Fundraising

on May 20, 2022

For this month’s “Dealership Spotlight”, we’re introducing you to a dealership that always focuses on the positive and goes out of its way to give its groups the best experience possible. Partners for Profit Fundraising is a family-owned business that joined the Butter Braid® Fundraising family over two decades ago. The family behind Partners for Profit has loved every minute of their time in the fundraising industry. For them, it’s more than just a chance to help groups reach their goals. Each fundraiser is a chance to “Share the Good” and spread positivity throughout their community.

History

The Partners for Profit family has been around Butter Braid Pastries almost since the beginning. Lyle and Deb Massner found out about these delicious pastries through their nephew, Darin, who worked for the brand. At the time, the team behind the Butter Braid brand was exploring the idea of partnering with fundraising dealerships to sell their products. Darin reached out to Lyle to see if he would be interested in starting a dealership of his own in Iowa. Lyle couldn’t see himself working in the fundraising industry just yet. He had plenty of sales experience, but he had always worked in agriculture.

A little while later, Lyle ended up working for a company that was demanding a lot of his time. He was gone a lot and couldn’t be home with his family as much as he wanted. On weekends, he was working. On holidays, he was working. When his job wanted him to come to work and miss his son’s first birthday, he knew he needed to make a change. Lyle already had experience being self-employed, having been a farmer for many years, and he wanted to go back to that. Then, he remembered the offer made to him by his nephew. After learning more about the opportunity, he was ready to sign on. In 2001, Lyle Massner opened Partners for Profit in Morning Sun, IA.

Changes to the Dealership

Originally, Partners for Profit was solely owned and operated by Lyle. He did everything himself from sales to delivery. Now, his wife, Deb, has joined him in the business. She came on about 5 years after the business got started and is mainly in charge of the office. Their son, Luke, has worked for them for 5 years doing delivery and pre-packing. They are also supported by their nephew Jonathan Ludens, who helps Deb in the office and works as a sales representative. It truly is a family business!

At the beginning, the dealership just had a little freezer that Lyle purchased from a local restaurant that went out of business. This meant that everything had to be moved and sorted by hand, no matter the weather. Now, they have a lot more space. Lyle added onto their machine shed on the farm to accommodate a walk-in. Now, he could pull in trucks and use forklifts to make unloading much easier. It also gives the business more space to pre-pack orders which makes delivery easier for their groups.

The online store has also been a nice addition. This allows sellers to promote their own, personal online store link via email, text, or social media. Supporters can order and pay online using a credit card or mobile wallet. Now, it’s even easier for Lyle, Deb, and their team to focus on their groups and bring more positivity to all their fundraisers.

Fundraising Groups

This Iowa dealership has helped many groups run successful fundraisers over the years. Lyle says every time he thinks he’s done it all, something new pops up. Partners for Profit has worked with schools, sports teams, churches, Habit for Humanity, 4-H, Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts, women’s organizations, transplant teams, and more. Since 2001, groups have raised more than $5 million with the support of Partners for Profit.

Deb, Lyle, and their team have enjoyed being able to work with so many amazing groups over the years. For them, this business is all about reward. It’s about groups trying to raise money for great causes and help them get things done. It’s all so positive, and that’s what makes this business different for the Massner family. They’ve always loved to focus on the positive over the negative and see things in a good light. Their fundraising groups help them do that, and the Massners do everything they can to return the favor. That’s why groups love to work with them year after year.

A local group leader from Indianola, IA says, “I had no idea Partners for Profit went to that level of service …I can tell you Butter Braid Pastries will remain at the top of my list for fundraising. Not only because they are delicious but because of you and the team behind Partners for Profit!”

What Lyle Wants You to Know

For Lyle, owning Partners for Profit these last two decades has been a wonderful experience. He says there is nothing better than having a family business and getting to work together. Businesses like these allow you to have family members involved and allows you to create opportunities, not just for your family and friends, but for people throughout the community. Even more importantly, it gives you something to pass down. It’s something that can keep growing and keep helping people long after you’ve gone.

He also wants you to know how grateful he is for the assistance of the dealership network he’s part of. Butter Braid Pastries are represented by over 75 independent dealers across the United States. Lyle says each one of them are always there to help one another. It’s a great system, and he really appreciates the support they bring. He says, “I know that we are stronger together.”

Partners for Profit will continue to spread positivity and provide exceptional service for years to come. The Massner family and their team are a passionate, positive addition to the Butter Braid Fundraising family, and we’ve been so blessed to have had them with us for the last two decades. If you are in the Iowa, Illinois, or Missouri areas and looking for a great, hassle-free fundraiser, you’ll want to partner with Partners for Profit. Not only will they support you and your group throughout the fundraiser, but they’ll make it a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t soon forget.

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Website: https://pfpfunds.com/

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Dealership Spotlight: Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising

on April 22, 2022

Spring has arrived, and it’s brought April’s “Dealership Spotlight” feature right along with it. For this month’s post, we’re shining the light on Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising. Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising joined the Butter Braid® Fundraising family all the way back in 1999. Since then, this dealership has become famous for the incredible support it provides to fundraising groups. Helping each one through every step of the fundraising process, Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising’s personalized customer service is why groups want to fundraise with them again and again.

History

Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising is owned and operated by a very dedicated group of individuals: Mychal and Dawn Van Wyhe, Kjert and Michelle Gramstad, and Isaac and Melissa Rinkenberger. Each of these couples got their start in fundraising because they wanted the opportunity to own and manage their own business. It was their dream to be their own boss, make a difference in their community, and grow a family-owned business for the future.

The Van Wyhe family has been around Butter Braid Pastries since the beginning. In 1991, their parents owned and operated a Butter Braid Pastry franchise and manufacturing facility. Once the brand began phasing out the franchises for dealerships, the owners of Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising were ready to sign on. They had always been impressed with the quality of the pastries and truly believed in the brand’s mission. They were excited to get in on the ground floor of this amazing opportunity with a fundraising dealership. That’s why, in August 1999, they opened their own fundraising dealership in Lester, IA.

Changes to the Dealership

This Iowa-based dealership has done a lot of growing over the last 23 years. Their main office and warehouse are still in Lester, IA, but they’ve also expanded to two other locations. In July 2017, they added an office and cold storage warehouse in Hastings, NE. In July 2019, they purchased another dealership, Cedar Valley Fundraising, to add an office and warehouse in West Bend, IA.

Now, the owners also have an incredible team of people working with them and supporting the dealership. In sales, alongside Mychal Van Wyhe and Kjert Gramstad, is Kurtis Myrlie, Carl Gerber, Wes Banwart, and Bill McMurtry. Kelly Schmidt manages things in the office. The warehouse is managed by Harlin Bouman and Daryl Hoogeveen, who have 15 part-time workers assisting them. They also have an amazing group of delivery drivers: Dwight Denoble, Alan Zwart, Dwayne Postma, Randy Koll, Greg Van Wyhe, Polly Hoogeveen, Dennis Massner, Robert Moderow, Greg Shupbach, and Joe Elbert.

Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising has also done a lot of updating to their fundraising process over the years. One of the biggest changes has been switching to a new customer-relationship management (CRM) system. This CRM system has been a huge asset in helping the dealership stay organized and manage inventory in multiple warehouses. The online store has also been a nice addition as this allows sellers to promote their own personal online store link via email, text, or social media. Supporters can order and pay online using a credit card or mobile wallet. Also, they now pre-sort almost all their orders to keep the fundraising and delivery process as easy as possible. The one thing that will never change is the time the team at Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising spends with each group, guiding them through each step of the fundraising process.

Fundraising Groups

The Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising team loves getting the chance to work with so many wonderful groups and help them raise money for their great causes. The quality products and the top-of-the-line customer service they offer is why groups keep coming back year after year. They know that the Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising team will do all they can to ensure their groups have the best fundraiser possible and reach their goals. That’s how they’ve helped so many great causes raise $30,724,427 since 1999.

As you can see, groups love the personal attention they get when they work with Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising. Whether a group is running their first fundraiser with them or their tenth, it’s always a hit. Just ask local group leader Kathryn Duffy, “We just finished our first Butter Braid Fundraiser, and it was a great experience! The staff was great to work with – organized, friendly, helpful, and prompt – and the pastries themselves are heavenly…this was a very successful project for us. We will definitely be doing this again.”

No one proves a “WOW” experience quite like Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising. They are a dedicated, one-of-a-kind dealership that we are lucky to have as part of the Butter Braid Fundraising family. If you are looking for a great fundraising experience in the Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, or Nebraska area, call Wyhe’s Choice Fundraising now! They will be there with you every step of the way to make your fundraiser simple and easy. They really are the wise choice for fundraising.

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Website: https://www.wcfundraising.com/

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Dealership Spotlight: Golden Rule Fundraising

on March 25, 2022

It’s a new month and with a new month comes our latest “Dealership Spotlight” feature. For March, we are introducing you to the Sprague family and Golden Rule Fundraising. This New Mexico-based dealership started their journey with the Butter Braid® brand back in 2004.  Since the very beginning, the Spragues have always made family their top priority, both their own and the ones all throughout the community they serve. Now, almost 20 years later, Golden Rule Fundraising is still going the extra mile to make its groups feel like part of the fundraising family.

History

Tammy Sprague started running Golden Rule Fundraising part time in 2004. Around this time, her and her husband’s four kids were growing up and getting ready for college. Tammy wanted to find a way to help supplement her family’s income and support her children’s futures. Then, one day, Tammy learned about Butter Braid Pastries. She fell in love with the product and the company’s mission to “Share the Good” with families all over the country. Tammy has always put family first, and she jumped at the chance to work with a brand that felt as strongly about helping families as she did.

With her new business, Tammy was able to pay for her children to go to college while also supporting the people in her local community of Las Cruces, New Mexico. A few years later, her kids started to graduate from college and begin their own professional careers. In August 2008, Tammy decided it was time to make running Golden Rule Fundraising her full-time job.

Changes to the Dealership

When Tammy opened her dealership in 2004, she was mostly doing everything herself, from sales to delivery. Now, Golden Rule Fundraising has become a true family business. Her husband, Guy, joined Tammy at the dealership in November 2013. Having her husband beside her has made running the business an even more rewarding experience. Tammy believes that there is nothing better than doing what you love with the people you love.

There have been many others changes to the dealership as well over the last 18 years. Golden Rule Fundraising has evolved from sorting orders at delivery with volunteer assistants to staging and pre-sorting orders ahead of time. Tammy and Guy have also purchased a small, walk-in freezer and a few chest freezers to help accommodate all their orders during delivery seasons. Finally, they’ve increased their sales generation approach to help reach as many families as possible in their area.

Fundraising Groups

The Sprague family finds real joy in helping their groups reach their goals. For them, it’s a blessing to be connected to others throughout the community and to do what they can to make life the best it can be for those families and themselves. It’s the hugs of appreciation they get at deliveries from grateful group leaders, mentors, and kids that reminds them why they love what they do. That’s how, over the years, Golden Rule Fundraising has been able to help so many groups raise over $2 million for special causes.

Tammy and Guy have been part of many fundraisers over the years. The two got to help their daughter’s high school orchestra and band raise money to travel to London for a formal concert. Tammy said this was a real highlight of their time in the fundraising industry. They’ve also helped groups raise money for private medical expenses, helped athletes get to Olympic trials and national tournaments, and helped educator sororities fund scholarships for worthy students. It’s certainly been a very rewarding 18 years for the Sprague family.

Fundraising Story

Tammy and Guy have spent their lives supporting their family while also helping hundreds of others through their fundraisers. They never say no, not to helping groups raise funds or to finding time to make memories with their expanding family. They’ve been a real inspiration to their four kids who are always ready to repay that kindness and be there for their parents whenever they need help.

In 2021, Tammy was hospitalized with COVID-19 and pneumonia. This was right during Golden Rule Fundraising’s Pre-Thanksgiving order period. Her children wanted their mom to be able to rest and recuperate instead of packing orders. To help their parents, all four kids, who grew up filling orders, traveled from their homes in Albuquerque and Arkansas to Las Cruces to get all the orders sorted and delivered. Thanks to their help, Tammy was able to recover and return home to be with her family.

The Sprague family plans to continue to “Share the Good” and spread joy to families through their fundraisers. Tammy says that they are very appreciative of the Butter Braid Fundraising family and their vision that has helped shape the foundation of Golden Rule Fundraising. For all of us at the Butter Braid brand, it has been a privilege to work with such a devoted family, and we hope you get the chance to work with them, too. If you are looking to run a fundraiser in the southern New Mexico or El Paso, Texas area, give Golden Rule Fundraising a call today! You’ll see that there is no better fundraising partner than one who lives their lives by the golden rule!

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Website: https://goldenrulefundraising.com/

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Dealership Spotlight: Diamond Fundraising

on February 18, 2022

February is here which means it’s time for a new “Dealership Spotlight” feature. This month the spotlight is on Diamond Fundraising. Diamond Fundraising joined the Butter Braid® Fundraising family almost ten years ago. From the very beginning, the owner of Diamond Fundraising has been providing the fundraising groups of north Texas with simple programs and delicious pastries. Now, she’s preparing for another decade of guiding her groups down the path toward fundraising success.

History

Kerri Linder started her journey with Butter Braid Fundraising when she worked for another fundraising dealership. All Star Fundraising, as part of their territory, serves the communities of Louisiana and East Texas. This is the area Kerri helped cover. She was with All Star Fundraising for about four years when her husband’s job transferred him out of Louisiana. Kerri knew she didn’t want to leave the Butter Braid Fundraising family, so she decided to start her own dealership in their new home of Royse City, TX. Diamond Fundraising opened its doors in August 2012, serving the North Texas community.

Changes to the Dealership

Today, Kerri still runs the business almost entirely on her own. She does get plenty of support from her husband, Charles, who helps with logistics and deliveries. Since 2012, Kerri has greatly expanded her programs to better serve local fundraising groups. One of the biggest changes she’s made has been the addition of the online store to her programs.

This new fundraising option allows sellers to promote their own, personal online store link via email, text, or social media. Supporters can order and pay online using a credit card or mobile wallet. As a bonus, all deliveries are prepacked and organized by seller to keep the fundraising process as easy as possible. Groups really enjoy having these great, new features to support them in their fundraising efforts, and Kerri is very glad to have it as part of her fundraising programs.

Fundraising Groups

Kerri enjoys her time working with local kids and helping them experience things they normally wouldn’t be able to if it wasn’t for fundraising. Whether it’s schools, clubs, daycares, sports groups, or volunteer organizations, Kerri considers herself lucky to be able to give back to her community. Over the years, Diamond Fundraising has helped raise over $1 million for local causes.

Diamond Fundraising has been a great addition to the Butter Braid Fundraising family, and we are very thankful to have had them with us for the last ten years. We hope everyone will join us in congratulating Kerry, Charles, and Diamond Fundraising for their decade of service to their community. If you’re looking to run a fundraiser in the north Texas area, reach out to Kerri Linder today! She will be there with you every step of the fundraising process, so you will be on the fast track to meeting your goals and completing your most successful fundraiser yet.

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Website: https://diamondfr.com/

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Dealership Spotlight: Fresh Alternative Fundraising

on January 21, 2022

Are you ready for our first “Dealership Spotlight” of the year? To start off 2022, we are putting the spotlight on a dealership that goes out of its way to help groups reach their fundraising goals every day of the year. Fresh Alternative Fundraising, LLC is a family-owned business that opened its doors over two decades ago. This year they are celebrating their 25th business anniversary.

Since the beginning, the family behind this dealership has made it their mission to make fundraising as easy and hassle-free as possible. Offering personalized customer service and unique programs, Fresh Alternative Fundraising does whatever it can to support the missions of schools and organizations throughout their communities.

History

Before starting Fresh Alternative Fundraising, LLC, the previous owners, Monte and Kathy Wendel, were farmers. They worked as part of their family farming operation in North Dakota. One day, Kathy was reading a magazine while sitting on the grain cart and saw a story about Butter Braid® Pastries. She learned all about the brand and its mission to “Share the Good” by offering its products only through fundraisers. To Kathy, this sounded like a great opportunity for her and Monte. Soon after, Kathy and Monte retired from farming and opened their own fundraising dealership.

Years later, the two retired and sold the business to their daughter Stacy Wendel-Monilaws, who had been working alongside them since they opened. Currently, Stacy is on her 24th year with Fresh Alternative Fundraising, now located near Sanborn, North Dakota. Stacy’s husband, John, joined her in the business in 2017. Together, they organize fundraisers for groups all over North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Changes to the Dealership

After so many years, some things have certainly changed for Fresh Alternative Fundraising, but a lot also remains the same. It’s still the same great people and the same excellent service from start to finish! That being said, the business has made a lot of progress in its 25 years of service.

When Stacy started, she would work with the customers, pre-pack orders, and do a lot of the deliveries. Now, the business has grown so much that she is unable to see her customers as often as she’d like. However, she still checks in with them at every stage of the fundraiser to help make sure it is a success.

Stacy and John have a great team working with them at Fresh Alternative Fundraising. They work with a fun group of ladies on the dayshift. There is also a weekend crew that comes in to help pre-pack the orders for each group. This helps make every fundraiser as easy as possible. Fresh Alternative Fundraising’s delivery drivers are family friends who value customer service. They wrap the sale up by getting the pastries to the groups and by giving them a heartfelt “thank you” for supporting their local fundraising dealership. 

Fundraising Groups

Stacy’s dedication to helping others is how Fresh Alternative Fundraising has been able to help so many groups reach fundraising success. She’s worked with all kinds of groups, large and small, from high schools and elementary schools to extracurricular clubs to daycares. In its many years of service, Fresh Alternative Fundraising has helped groups raise over $15 million for local causes.

Group leaders love working with the team at Fresh Alternative Fundraising. The personalized customer service and streamlined processes make running a fundraiser easier than ever. Groups especially love that they pre-pack every order because it adds to the simplicity of the sale and makes delivery day a breeze. Kate, from the Rossman Elementary PTO, raves about her experience. “This is the nicest, timeliest, and most professional fundraising company we have ever worked with!” she says. “Even with our growing number of sales every year, Fresh Alternative Fundraising works with our schedule from preparing orders to follow up questions. Can’t wait for the next one already!”

Melanie Popejoy, leader of the Grand Cities Children’s Choir, writes, “As a choir director, the music and the singers is where I want my focus to be. However, to offer those valuable musical experiences, fundraising is a necessity…We have utilized Fresh Alternatives Fundraising for over 10 years. Stacy Wendel-Monilaws and her team make all the work manageable and communicate with you through every step in the process. They are extremely positive and do a great job of encouraging us to meet our goals.”

Fun Facts About Stacy

When you’re a business owner, you get a little taste of everything. Stacy’s been involved in setting up the fundraisers, loading the delivery trucks, packing orders, and more. Every day is different. Personally, her favorite days are the ones where she gets to roll up her sleeves and really focus on the work. She says she always works best with blue jeans and a ponytail! 

Both Stacy and John have some pretty unique hobbies that they enjoy whenever they aren’t helping groups go above and beyond their fundraising goals. John spends his free time collecting and restoring antique Farmall tractors. He currently has over 25 in his collection. While he’s busy restoring, Stacy is leading a local martial arts class. It turns out Stacy is not just a master at fundraising; she’s also a master in Taekwondo. In fact, she’s been teaching her All-American Taekwondo team for over 20 years. It’s a great opportunity for her to work on her skills and get even more involved in the community she loves.

All of us here at the Butter Braid brand are happy to have the team at Fresh Alternative Fundraising as part of our fundraising family. Stacy and her team truly love what they do and really enjoy helping groups succeed. And they’d love to help your group reach their fundraising goals in 2022. If you are in the North Dakota or western Minnesota area and want to run a fundraiser, give Stacy a call or sign up online! Let them help your group start the new year off right with an easy, fresh fundraising program.

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Website: https://freshalt.com/

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Dealership Spotlight: EZ Fundraising

on December 17, 2021

It’s time for our last “Dealership Spotlight” of 2021. To end the year, we’re featuring a dealership that has been going out of its way to help groups help themselves for over a decade. EZ Fundraising has been an exclusive dealer of Butter Braid® Pastries since 2008. Since the very beginning, they’ve been providing the fundraising groups of Utah with top customer service and delicious pastries; a tradition the team behind EZ Fundraising looks forward to continuing for many years to come.

History

The story of EZ Fundraising actually starts as the story of Rocky Mountain Fundraising. In 2006, Rocky Mountain Fundraising was the exclusive Butter Braid Pastry dealership for Utah. At that time, Edie Morgan was working for the business as a sales representative. Unfortunately, during that year, the owner fell ill and needed to sell his business.

After two years with the dealership, Edie had fallen in love with the business’ mission of “Helping Others Help Themselves” and wanted to do her part to continue helping groups in the area raise money for local causes. This job was also unique in that it let her work from home and raise her family while contributing financially to the household. In the end, Edie and her husband decided to buy the dealership and go on being part of such a wonderful network of Butter Braid Fundraising dealerships. On September 1st, 2008, Edie officially became the owner of her own fundraising business in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Changes to the Dealership

The biggest change Edie made to the dealership was its name. Instead of keeping it Rocky Mountain Fundraising, she decided to call her business EZ Fundraising. Her reasoning behind choosing this name is very creative. The “e” comes from her first name while the three lines in the “z” each represent one of the three kids she and her husband had at the time. When they had their fourth child, they named him Zach, so he could be represented in the name, too.

In the last few years, Edie has been joined in the business by her sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Paul West. Paul is in charge of deliveries and brags about his role as CTO or Chief Transportation Officer while Karen works behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly. Edie is very grateful to have them both supporting her and her dealership because, in her eyes, it makes it even more of a family business.

Fundraising Groups

Edie is very grateful that she took the leap and opened EZ Fundraising. She loves representing such a unique product that people just can’t get enough of. In fact, Edie says group leaders are always telling her that their supporters are constantly waiting for them to run another Butter Braid Pastry fundraiser. Edie also says the groups she meets through EZ Fundraising are absolutely incredible. Getting the opportunity to help people who are trying so hard to help themselves is a very fulfilling part of her job. Most importantly, Edie says she loves getting the opportunity to teach the kids she works with the principle of working hard for something they care about. She really believes it makes the reward even greater when they have to go out and raise the money for themselves.

EZ Fundraising has worked with over 1,000 groups throughout the years. The dealership has helped them raise funds for everything from choir tours, competition fees, cheer nationals, club fees, costumes, class projects, and even a heart transplant. Since 2008, EZ Fundraising has helped groups raise over $1 million for local causes.

Groups rave about their experience with EZ Fundraising. According to a local group leader, Tracy S., EZ Fundraising really lives up to its name, “I have no problem whatsoever in promoting the sale of these pastries. I actually feel guilty if I don’t tell people about them. When encouraging people to participate, I tell them this fundraiser is nothing like I have ever done before. Seriously, the easiest, most profitable, and most rewarding experience in nearly three decades of experiencing fundraisers…and the owners are so wonderful to work with.”

Fundraising Story

In her many years working in the fundraising business, Edie has become quite an expert when it comes to running fundraisers. However, even after almost 15 years of service, she is still experiencing plenty of firsts. Recently, she was preparing for a kick-off event by baking up some pastries for the group to taste. When it was time to ice the pastries, Edie was busy on the phone, so she didn’t notice what frosting she picked up for each pastry. This led to her putting the chocolate frosting on the Cinnamon pastry and the vanilla on the Bavarian Crème pastry. Surprisingly, the group still ate it. “Maybe I’ve created a new flavor trend,” she jokes when remembering the error. Maybe if your group signs up for one of her fundraisers, you’ll get to experience one of her flavor creations for yourself.

EZ Fundraising has been a great dealership to work with these past 13 years, and we are very grateful to have them as part of the Butter Braid Fundraising family. If you’re in the Utah area and looking to run a fundraiser, give Edie Morgan a call today or sign up online. Her wonderful customer service and years of experience will have you on the fast track to fundraising success. Fundraising has never been easier than when you do it with EZ Fundraising.

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Website: https://ezfundraisingutah.com/

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