Ginger Bay is proud to host our 16th Annual Spatacular!
Saturday, July 15, 2017 • 5-9pm • Kirkwood and Town & Country locations
What is Spatacular?
Spatacular is an annual event hosted by Ginger Bay for the past 15 years. It is intended to honor and raise money for a worthy nonprofit organization. Each year the event gets bigger and better! Spatacular 2017 will be held on Saturday, July 15 from 5-9pm at both our Kirkwood and Town & Country locations.
Doors open at 5pm at both Ginger Bay locations. For the price of a ticket ranging from $50-$125, guests can receive a reserved spa or salon appointment of their choice, such as a manicure and pedicure, facial, massage or hair service. Appointment times are reserved at the time Spatacular tickets are purchased. Ginger Bay will also provide guests the opportunity to receive several complimentary mini-spa treatments, including hand massages and make-up touchups, featuring Aveda products. Guests will also be treated to an array of appetizers, desserts and cocktails. In the past, we have been fortunate to serve food from Café Provencal, Circle 7 Ranch and Whole Foods, while providing cocktails from Pearl Vodka and Ward on Wine.
In addition to receiving salon/spa services and enjoying amazing food and cocktails, all attendees will receive a goody bag, valued over $65. Typical goody bags include 2 full-sized Aveda products, beauty product samples, gift certificates and coupons from local restaurants and boutiques and a special gift from Ginger Bay. All of our guests can participate in our silent and live auctions featuring tickets to Cardinal’s games, sports memorabilia, gift cards to local restaurants and boutiques, gift baskets, liquor and even trips! An evening raffle will allow guests to enter to win high-end items. We will also make available a select number of $35 tickets that include everything except a salon or spa service.
Why does Ginger Bay host Spatacular every year?
Spatacular encompasses all of our company values and has become a tradition and symbol for who we are! One of our company values is…”We value philanthropy so we can make a difference by giving back.” We know that we are blessed. We want to share what we have with the community that supports us every day! We also “value teamwork and relationships as our greatest strengths” and “We value customer service so that each person feels welcome and appreciated.” We know how much work goes into planning a charitable event, and many nonprofit organizations lack the resources. Spatacular is our opportunity to allow the chosen nonprofit organization to be a guest at their own event! It’s the ultimate act of customer service because, not only do we plan the event, solicit the auction prizes, food, wine and goody bag donations, purchase the supplies and advertising and spend countless hours coordinating all of the moving parts, OUR TEAM DONATES 100% OF THEIR TIME AND WAGES (including tips) to work this event, set up, clean up, and provide all of the salon and spa services at Spatacular! Finally, “We value celebrations and having fun every day,” and hosting this event is truly our honor and we have a lot of fun doing it!
How can a nonprofit organization be named as the recipient of the Spatacular fundraising?
Charities that have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code may apply between Monday, January 16 and Monday, February 13 by completing our application below. Applications must be fully completed and submitted by Monday, February 13. Please note that nonprofit organization applications include a short essay explaining why your organization deserves to be named our 2017 Spatacular beneficiary.
After application submission, we will review the applications in-house and choose 5 finalists. We will post the finalists on our Facebook Page during the week of Monday, March 6. The public will then have the opportunity to vote for this year’s winner. The nonprofit organization with the most votes (Facebook ‘Likes’) will be the winner, so we encourage charities who have made it to the top 5 to rally their supporters to vote for them. The winner will be announced on Monday, April 3. Former Spatacular charities include Gateway Pet Guardians, Stray Rescue of St. Louis, Equine Assisted Therapy, Friends of Kids with Cancer, Our Little Haven, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Breakdown STL and Boys Hope/Girls Hope of St. Louis.
What responsibilities will the selected nonprofit organization have before and during the Spatacular event?
While Ginger Bay will plan and host the event, we do need some support from our chosen nonprofit organization. First, we ask they support us with advertising and promoting the event. Our goal is to raise the most money we can, so we want to sell every ticket. We need the winning nonprofit organization to commit considerable time to promoting ticket sales through social media, website, email blasts, traditional mailing and any other ways that can help us sell out the event.
Second, we require that our nonprofit organization send a high-level representative to Spatacular and attend the entire event. It is important that our guests meet at least 1 representative of the nonprofit organization, who can talk about the nonprofit organization’s mission and purpose and thank our guests for attending.
Third, the nonprofit organization will be required to attend our Ginger Bay All Team Meeting on Monday, May 1 at the Des Peres Lodges. While our meeting is from 4:30-6:30pm, the winning charity will only need to attend to provide a 15-20 minute presentation to our team about the organization. It is important that our team understand the nonprofit organization because they will be promoting ticket sales and soliciting auction items from our guests and from the public. Our team is also donating their time and their paychecks to work at Spatacular. It is important that our team is both informed and passionate to work so hard for our Spatacular nonprofit organization.
Finally, we ask that our nonprofit organization provide at least 2 auction items, each valued over $75. Again, it is our goal to raise the most money we can and having high-valued, but affordable auction items helps tremendously.
How much money can the Spatacular nonprofit organization expect to receive?
Since 2008, we have raised between $11,000 - $19,000* each year. The amount of money we raise is impacted by how much support we receive by our chosen Spatacular nonprofit organization, so we are really looking for a nonprofit organization that can help us promote this event. As a company, we will spend our own time and money preparing for Spatacular. Therefore, we will deduct our expenses prior to giving our Spatacular nonprofit organization a check for the amount raised. (*These totals are based on the amount we have donated to the nonprofit organization after our expenses were deducted).