Friday, May 18, 2012

How to throw a benefit with Minnie Schultz (from Hauntings of the Heart)

Written by Joselyn Vaughn

I’ve had a lot of experience throwing benefit parties, you know the kind where you want people to have a lot of fun and open their wallets for whatever charity or project you are promoting. I’ve had a good mite of success with this in the community of Carterville, so I thought I’d share my tips with you.

1.       Have a good location. I often use my bed and breakfast. It has a lot of atmosphere and character, especially now that I can tell everyone that it is haunted. It draws people to the party just because they are curious.
2.       Have a good cause. Sponsor an event for a cause that the community truly cares about. One of my pet projects is our local library. The community really appreciates this resource and supports it in whatever way they can.
3.       My last tip and most important (and hardest to get). Have a rich, old guy you intend to fleece. Convince him to match all the donations. If he’s a real sucker (and he’s a bit sweet on you), he’ll match $2 for every one donated.  If he happens to be the fiancé who abandoned you without even a ‘dear Jane’ letter while you were serving your country, the revenge of emptying his pockets is even better.

With these three elements, you are sure to have a fantastic benefit and do great things for your organization.

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When lost love shows up on your doorstep, what do you do?  Minnie Schultz slams the door in his face.  She and Gordon Anderson have a history—close to ancient history, given the fifty years since their last encounter. After all that time, it might seem like water under the bridge. But the water pours from the plumbing in Minnie’s bed and breakfast, the Lilac Bower, uncovering all the secrets and heartache between them. With the help of some paranormal investigators, an Elvis impersonator and a couple of nosey friends, can Minnie and Gordon find the future they were meant to have?


  1. Great advice, Minnie! Tip #3 would be the one holding me up. But I can always dream.

  2. Another tip would be to include lots of wine. People tend to be a lot more generous, and more willing to spend money if they're slightly inebriated. (Learned that from the school Trivia Night we had) ;-)