Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Family and Consumer Sciences

Committee Chair

Allyson Rogan-Klyve

Second Committee Member

Robbi Goninan


This paper will summarize the planning process, methods, and results of a local Ellensburg, Washington event and student project, “Mickey’s Countdown to Christmas.” This event was a fundraiser taking place during the holiday season, where the goal was to raise money for the Ellensburg High School Band (EHS). The EHS Band takes a biannual educational trip to The Disneyland Resort, and as over 100 kids want to go in the year 2020, it has become an expensive endeavor. The hope for the fundraiser was to raise some extra money that could be deposited directly into student accounts, so that more students would be able to attend the trip. This paper not only speaks to the fundraiser and the successes, failures, and key takeaways, but also speaks to event planning and fundraising as a whole; including best practices and why fundraising is so important. Overall, this paper is meant to highlight a large event project and also go more in depth on the challenging, unpredictable, and exciting process that is planning an event.