4 Fun Fundraisers: It’s Tricky Tray Season

These local fall events are a great way to get out, give back and have fun.
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A cross between a raffle and an auction, tricky trays allow participants to purchase tickets and place them in a basket in front of the prize they want to win, and drawings are announced at the end of the event. Unlike in an auction, there’s more than one winner at a tricky tray, and one participant can potentially win more than one prize.

Best yet? Most tricky trays benefit a cause, so the money you spend on tickets goes toward individuals or non-profits in need within your community. Here are a few in-person tricky trays in the area for the 2021 season, listed below chronologically, at which you can show your support and enjoy a fun night out too. Click the links for exact location, timing and additional details. And be sure to mask up!

  1. Help Save the Animals Rescue Team (S.T.A.R.T.) II with a “Walk-thru Tricky Tray” in Waldwick this Saturday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free; $5 will get you one ticket (or 12 for $50) and a chance to win lots of cool prize baskets.
  2. Proceeds from the annual C.A.T.S. Fundraiser (Caring About The Strays) at Seasons in Washington Township on Nov. 10, 6 to 10 p.m. go toward helping homeless, injured and abandoned cats (and dogs too!). Admission is $70 per person and includes appetizers, dinner and fun!
  3. On Nov. 17, join the Dreams for Kids 5th Annual Tricky Tray at The Fiesta in Wood-Ridge to help raise money for their scholarship programs. Adult admission is $40 and includes dinner and refreshments, along with 25 tickets for first-tier prizes, which run the gamut from appliances to gift certificates to event tickets.
  4. Grace United Methodist Church in Wyckoff hosts the Welcome Back—Sweeter Together Tricky Tray on Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The $10-per-person admission includes dessert, coffee, tea and a sheet of regular tickets for gift baskets and other prizes.
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