Great answer, Ray! You made some very valid points there. Some things I hadn't considered in my search for sponsors either. I am going to be seriously lacking in funds this year, it has become more and more evident (butting heads with the boss = no bonus) so any chance of doing more than 3 or 4 contests this year will be dependent on getting some sponsors.
As for "donations", I don't hold big parties so alcohol sponsorships, I'll leave for someone else to snatch up. They don't do anything to help my bottom line.
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