For a high school sports team to do a fundraiser in order to buy new equipment is not unusual. But, while most such fundraisers involve selling food, the Louisa County High School football team has taken a different approach – selling mattresses.
The team’s second annual mattress sale fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 15 in the high school cafeteria. Last year, the team raised $7,300, which was put toward practice equipment for the team.
Originally started in 2005 by Custom Fundraising Solutions (CFS) for schools in Cleveland, Ohio, mattress fundraisers like this one have begun sweeping the nation. Collectively, these fundraisers have helped schools and other non-profits raise over $20 million since they began.
CFS has over 70 independent, family owned offices across the country, including one in Glen Allen, which organizes mattress sale fundraisers for schools throughout central Virginia.
“People need mattresses,” Nate Poe, owner of CFS Richmond, said. “It’s more practical than selling cookies or something like that because it will last. In any county, seven grand goes a long way for the football program.”
Poe first reached out to Louisa football coach Mark Fischer about doing a mattress sale last year.
“He just contacted me out of the blue,” Fischer said. “I had never heard of such a thing. I thought about it and the next thing you know, we’re doing it.”
Customers can purchase brand name mattresses, including Simmons Beautyrest and Restonic, at or below retail prices. All sizes, from twin to king, will be available, and CFS offers delivery, free lay-away and many of the same beds available at stores.
Beds also include factory warranties, all at retail sale prices or below. Faculty, staff, and civil servants receive 10% off and a $50 off referral coupon is available from any member of the band.
No specific fundraising goal has been set, but Fischer already knows what he’d like to do with whatever money is raised.
“We’d mainly like to by some new tackling dummies,” he said. “You can never have too many tackling dummies. Hopefully we can give the middle school some new equipment, too. Every little bit helps.”