Organizer Resources

Finding a Pool

Not sure where to find information about pool rentals? This site has a list of a great most pools in every country, state and city!

Alternately, simply google “pool rental [your city and state]” into Google and you’ll likely find all the information you need.

How much does it cost to organize a Chunky Dunk?

This varies wildly, but the minimum you should expect to spend is about $150 for 2 hours of rental.

You might consider asking the pool how many folks they see on average during the time you wish to rent the pool and if, instead of charging you for the rental, they will close their doors to the general public for those two hours with the understanding that you will be doing promotion which might bring in more folks than they’d normally have. This tactic will likely only work if you feel you can pack the joint. For fledgling events or smaller towns, pool rental is likely the best option.

Also be sure that you have a rain-out agreement with the pool. If it rains and they close the pool, they don’t charge you for the rental.

How much do I charge the attendees?

Take the amount of the pool rental and divide it by the minimum number of expected attendees. This is a guesstimate, but ballpark it on the low end and then charge the least amount you can to ensure that you break even. If you make more than you expect, you can use some of it to repay the seed money and the rest towards lowering the cost of the next event.

How do I promote my Chunky Dunk?

Official events have access to the ChunkyDunk website for calendar listings, our facebook feed and our mailing list to help promotion. So that will help a bit.

To promote the event to your local community we recommend:

  • Responsible flyering: (e.g. recycled paper and, where possible, biodegradable inks) – leaving flyers in public venues like restaurants, clubs and shops. (Be sure they are OK with it first!)
  • Sending press releases to your local media. This includes mainstream and independent media, radio stations, alternative papers, local blogs, etc. Here is a good place to start: http://dir.yahoo.com/news_and_media/ – but better is to go to your most populace watering holes and see which publications are doing a good job getting the word out and contact them. Don’t be afraid to go after bigger media in your town. The worst they can do is ignore you, and you might be surprised what they deem press-worthy. Do not, however, invite coverage of the event itself. (See guideline #6 on the Be an Organizer page.)
  • Public actions. Stand outside Jenny Craig in swimsuits and hand flyers to folks going in and out. Do a synchronized swimming fountain action and then hand flyers to people who gather. Put flyers in diet books in your local bookstores and libraries. Place them on top of the diet meals in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Be silly. Have fun!
  • Step outside your comfort zone. Don’t just invite your friends and their friends. Do some research. See who is doing comparable work in different areas and join forces. This year, Chunky Dunk Portland did a Trans and Ally Chunky Dunk, realizing that there are body image intersections between our two movements. Be creative. Be aware. Be community!

How do you make a flyer?

If you know a graphic designer, check in with them about volunteering. We’ll also be making some templates available to help get you started. Look for those in the next couple of months. If you’re absolutely stuck, contact us and we’ll see what we can do to help.

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