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Brick Fundraising 101

Posted by brickmarkersusa on July 21, 2010

Harmony Baptist Church in Kentucky

If your organization needs to raise funds, a brick fundraiser is a proven method of generating substantial revenue and requires minimal time and effort.  Additionally, this type of fundraiser creates a permanent connection between the donors and the fundraising organization.

When creating a flyer, it is important to explain the reason for the project and how the money raised will help the community.  The flyer should include a rendition to show where the engraved donor bricks will be installed and an order form.  It is a good idea not to use the word “sale” within your flyer but rather to use the word “donation”.

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Once you have created a flyer, the next step is to market your campaign.  The Chamber of Commerce can provide you with a list of names and addresses of businesses in the City that you can use to build a donor list.  Another suggestion is to contact the main office of local universities for a list of students, alumni and staff.  Create a kiosk that displays custom engraved brick samples which will allow potential donors to see what they are purchasing.  Create a website that will allow donors to purchase an engraved brick online.  Ask the local newspaper to print a free press release outlining your project.  Create posters to place throughout your organization and send email blasts to members, contacts and corporations.

When researching engraving companies, we strongly recommend that you visit project sites that have been installed for several years or more and see for yourself what methods of engraving withstand normal wear and tear and weather conditions.  Furthermore, it is imperative that you choose an engraving company that will provide you with a written lifetime guarantee.  It is essential that 100% of the revenue raised is allocated for your organization’s fundraising cause and not into replacing any bricks that do not meet the standards of your committee and donors.  The overall longevity and appearance of your brick/tile area will determine how successful your campaign will be.

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Brick Marker’s Fundraisers Promote Sustainability

Posted by brickmarkersusa on June 17, 2010

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Some have called this the “century of the environment”.  Individuals and companies can no longer assume that societal challenges such as pollution, dwindling natural resources and climate change can be ignored and reserved for future generations to contend with.

This dawning era of innovation and creativity in “green technology” is bringing the promise of a healthier planet and the prospect of growing businesses that can help to sustain its health.  Brick Markers® is focused on sustainability (meeting the needs of society in manners that can continue indefinitely into the future without damaging or depleting natural resources). Our patented laser engraving and its color are both a result of 100% natural inorganic earth element materials and use no solvents, paints, plastics or VOCs (volatile organic compounds).  This is the ultimate in “green technology” and we are happy to do our part in sustaining the environment.

Additionally, as one of the oldest, continuously used building materials in the world, clay brick’s unsurpassed life cycle, exceptional energy efficiency, natural ingredients, minimal waste, and countless recycling options are just a few of the properties that make brick the superb sustainable material it has been for thousands of years.

Over the past thirty years the manufacturing of bricks has improved dramatically, contributing to the inherent sustainability of the product. Manufacturing plants have been re-engineered to make use of highly efficient tunnel kilns, fired using natural gas, and all waste heat and clay is recycled within the plant.  Many plants also collect all the water they use.

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Bill the Chimpanzee

Posted by brickmarkersusa on April 29, 2010

Bill the Chimpanzee

Bill the Chimpanzee was a resident at the Sequoia Park Zoo for fifty years and one of the oldest chimpanzees in captivity.  He was at least sixty-two years old when he passed away from an age related illness in June of 2007.

His companion Ziggy passed away in 1996 however after Ziggy’s death, Bill showed no depression but instead responded enthusiastically to the added attention.  He enjoyed interacting with his visitors and acknowledged them with a wave or a nod.

Bill clearly preferred the companionship of his human keepers and his many visitors.  Over the years he had been a loyal friend to many.  Bill’s former exhibit has been converted into a tribute garden in honor of Bill and Ziggy.

The garden features two fountains where their night quarters once were and a bronze statue of Bill stands between them along with his rope swing above.  The paths of the garden are lined with bricks inscribed with special messages to Bill and Ziggy and to other loved ones within the community and Bill’s ashes were placed under the engraved bricks.

On the walls are the stories and photographs of the lives of these remarkable chimpanzees as well as the 100-year history of the Sequoia Park Zoo.  Bill’s Garden is a special corner of the zoo where patrons reflect, reminisce and appreciate the story of these two animals who shared their lives with the community.

The personalized bricks help express what an important part of the zoo they were and how much they are missed.  Brick Markers® is honored that we were given the opportunity to provide the engraved bricks found in Bill’s Garden.

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Engraved Bricks – You Don’t’ Know What You Don’t Know

Posted by brickmarkersusa on April 7, 2010

A number of years ago, I spoke to a prospective client that was in the process of selecting a vendor for a commemorative brick and tile program. I called to check on the status of the selection process and was updated on findings from site visits to various vendor installations. He mentioned that at the beginning of the selection process he thought, “a brick is a brick”. But as his evaluation unfolded he found that this was not true. He observed great differences among engraved bricks, especially with respect to the quality and durability of the engraving.

He mentioned one particular site that really left an impression. The site was a major professional sports venue that featured engraved bricks with epoxy filler. The bricks were cracked and broken. Epoxy filler was fading, peeling or missing. Consequently, contrast between the lettering and bricks was poor and the inscriptions were becoming increasingly illegible. In short, he thought that the site was a visual nightmare. As a matter of fact, a member of his selection committee said, “This is terrible; why did you bring us here?” The prospective client replied that the site was recommended by the vendor.

Despite all of the visual shortcomings of the installation, he was surprised to find a high level of satisfaction by the venue. The only conclusion he could draw was that, “You don’t know what you don’t know”.  He observed that this venue must not have done its homework during the vendor selection process. Apparently, the venue was not aware of the superior image quality and durability afforded by laser engraving. Since the venue seemed totally unaware, it was very satisfied with an obviously inferior installation. The venue simply was in the dark. As the saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss”.

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DeWitt High School “Tribute Walk” Project

Posted by brickmarkersusa on March 24, 2010

Brick Markers®  is pleased to announce that we will be working with DeWitt High School in Arkansas.

The student council is proud to coordinate the Tribute Walk project and the engraved bricks will be located at the north entrance of the high school cafeteria and will be enjoyed by all who visit the school.  Buying an engraved paver is an opportunity to honor and remember those that have either attended the high school or who have been important in its history, honor a loved one or mark a special occasion.

The deadline to order a brick to be included within the first installation is June 15, 2010 and the first installation is scheduled for the summer of 2010.  If you would like to purchase an engraved 4×8 brick, please visit www.dewittschooldistrict.net

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Illinois Fire Service Institute Memorial Plaza Project

Posted by brickmarkersusa on March 9, 2010

Brick Markers® is pleased to announce that we will be working with the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

The IFSI is creating a Memorial Plaza as a feature of the new Learning Resource and Research Center.  IFSI invites individuals, businesses and organizations to become a permanent part of the building by sponsoring engraved bricks in the plaza in support of Illinois Firefighters.

With your engraved inscription, you may choose to memorialize a fallen firefighter, honor a friend or family member, or identify yourself or your organization as a supporter of IFSI.

Your contribution is an investment that will help IFSI continue improving the safety and security of emergency responders and the citizens they serve.  To order a 4×8 or 8×8 brick, please contact Harry Clore at 217-333-8925.

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Sacred Heart High School “Prayer Garden” Project

Posted by brickmarkersusa on March 2, 2010

Brick Markers®  is pleased to announce that we will be working with Sacred Heart High School in Ville Platte, Louisiana.

The Interact Club of Sacred Heart will be building a permanent “Prayer Garden” on the campus of the high school.  The Prayer Garden will be a prayerful serenity garden where the students, faculty and community can pray 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The garden faces Main Street adjacent to the high school chapel.  Engraved bricks are being sold to help defray the cost of the project and all monies raised from the campaign will be used toward campus enhancement and beautification.

The campaign gives alumni, students, faculty and friends the opportunity to be a permanent part of the campus.  You can commemorate a special event, honor a friend of family member and memorialize someone special.

This will be an ongoing campaign and orders will be accepted throughout the year but can only be processed in lots of 200 or more pavers.  If you are interested in purchasing an engraved brick, please call 337-363-8050 or email development@shsvp.com

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Georgetown Community Hospital Project

Posted by brickmarkersusa on February 24, 2010

Brick Markers USABrick Markers® is proud to announce that we will be working with The Georgetown Community Hospital in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The hospital has a memorial garden located in the outside courtyard and through the purchase of a brick, you have the opportunity to memorialize a loved one or pay tribute to someone special.  The Georgetown Memorial and Celebration Garden will be the result of months of planning, fund raising, dedication and hard work by GCH staff and community members.

The garden will be complete with a brick walkway, beautiful landscaping, benches and a fountain.  The hospital is planning an opening dedication in June 2010 and the garden will be a place of serenity and quiet celebration, allowing visitors to spend a moment of reflection and appreciation.

To have your personalized brick placed during initial development orders must be received prior to March 7th.  For more information or to purchase a personalized brick, please contact Christy Lusk at 502-868-5626 or christy.lusk@lpnt.net.

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Advantages of Brick Marker’s Laser Engraving Technology

Posted by brickmarkersusa on February 3, 2010

Brick Marker’s patented laser engraving processes (Vitralase® and Vitrix®) are superior within the engraving industry.  Our state-of-the-art processes use a high-powered laser system that directs a continuous flow of intensive laser energy to vitrify the image on the brick or tile.  The laser engraving process converts the engraved portion of the existing clay product into a hardened glass by the process of vitrification.  Hence the engraving and brick product are still of one substrate.  Consequently, the engraving is not subject to fading, chipping, peeling or separation from the brick or tile.  It is a permanent and maintenance free mark.

The hardened glass engraving and its color are both a result of 100% natural inorganic earth element materials. This is the ultimate in “Green” technology. No solvents, paints, plastics or VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are used in our processes. The indelible engraving is actually harder than the brick itself.  Clay brick and glass are substances that have proved to stand the test of time!

Brick Markers® laser engraving offers a level of quality and detail not attainable through traditional techniques such as mechanical engraving or sandblasting.  In the end you want your brick campaign to be successful and maintenance free and you want your donors to have the assurance of knowing that their bricks will last a lifetime. The overall longevity and appearance of your brick/tile area will determine how successful your campaign will be.

Brick Markers® warrants, through its written Lifetime Warranty, that its patented Vitralase®/Vitrix® vitrification processes will be of good quality and workmanship and will not fade, chip, oxidize, peel or separate from the brick, paver or tile for the life of the engraved brick, paver or tile.  You can have all of the benefits of laser engraving at a price that is competitive with obsolete engraving technologies.

Brick Markers® ability to provide custom engraving is endless.  Brick Markers® is capable of producing nearly any graphic image required (e.g. team logo, signatures, corporate logos, etc.)  We can program custom logos for corporate level sponsors, clipart and center piece arrays for your project.  Additionally, we can provide any letter style of your choice.

Choosing Brick Markers® as your brick engraving company means you have chosen a company committed to providing the finest quality products and valuable innovative fund raising and marketing ideas.  Our experienced and devoted team of professionals is dedicated to continuing this tradition and we offer the most competent customer service support in the industry.

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Tips For A Successful Campaign

Posted by brickmarkersusa on January 25, 2010

When determining the method of engraving for your brick/tile campaign, please take the time to research the various technologies carefully.  We strongly recommend that you visit project sites that have been installed for several years or more and see for yourself what methods withstand normal wear and tear and weather conditions.

In the end you want your brick campaign to be successful and maintenance free, so you can be confident that your donors have the assurance of knowing that their bricks will last a lifetime. It is essential that 100% of the revenue raised is allocated for your organization’s fundraising cause and not into replacing any bricks that do not meet the standards of your committee/board and your donors.  Additionally, the overall longevity and appearance of your brick/tile area will determine how successful your campaign will be.

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