Botetourt 4-H Robotics FIRST Team 3939 Fundraising Plan

Team and Program Summary

The Botetourt 4-H Robotics program represents Botetourt County area students as a FIRST Robotics team (www.usfirst.org). FIRST Team 3939 was founded in 2011 with the help of students, parents, teachers, and the help of our generous sponsors. We are represented by students from James River High, Lord Botetourt High, Read Mountain Middle, and Central Academy Middle. We are based out of James River High School in Buchanan. There are currently 35 students and 10 mentors involved with our team.


What is FIRST?

“To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."
Dean Kamen, Founder

Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.


Team Impact and Outreach

The team provides participants with numerous opportunities. Our team mentors a middle school robotics team, volunteers at the local food pantry, and volunteers with Stop Hunger Now, is an ALS Walk team, and is a Relay for Life team.


Levels of Sponsorship

$250 Level - Bronze - name on shirt, website, banner, and press releases, 8x10 photo of the team, invitation to banquet

$500 Level - Silver - Bronze benefits, plus name or logo on robotics

$1000 Level - Gold - Bronze and Silver benefits, plus public appearance at your venue

$2500 Level - Platinum - Gold, Silver, and Bronze benefits, plus large name or logo on robot

$5000 Level - Emerald - Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze benefits, plus radio or television ad appearance

$10,000+ Level - Diamond - Emerald, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze benefits, plus naming rights for robot (displayed prominently on robot) AND your name noted with our team on ALL press releases, documentation, etc.

All contributions are tax deductible. Any amount is most appreciated! All sponsors are invited to our Annual Sponsor Appreciation Dinner. A partnership with FIRST Team 3939 provides many opportunities to a business from helping with the company's community awareness to raising future employees.


Team Budget

Team Income and Expenditure:

Income Cost
Sponsor Donations $43,300.00
Team Fundraiser $2,000.00
Parent Contributions $15,000.00
Total: $60,300.00
Expenditure Cost
District Competition Registration $5,000.00
Regional Competition Registration $4,000.00
Championship Registration $5,000.00
District Travel Expenses $5,000.00
Regional Travel Expenses $7,500.00
Championship Travel Expenses $20,000.00
Robot Parts and Materials $5,300.00
Tools $2,000.00
Pit Area and Scouting Materials $2,500.00
Spirit Team Materials $2,500.00
Off-Season Competitions $1,500.00
Total: $60,300.00


Team Contact Information

Main Contacts:

Name Phone Email
Randy Brinkley 540-588-1554 brinkley1554@gmail.com
Ralph Hayslett 540-529-2946 rhayslett@peoplepc.com
Larry Etzler 540-520-4822 larryetzler@comcast.net
Katherine E. Carter 540-473-8312 carterke@vt.edu

Sponsorship Information:
Checks should be made payable to VCE-Botetourt with Robotics Team #3939 in the memo line. If the donation requires the involvement of a 501c3, checks can be made out to Virginia 4-H Foundation.

Mailing Address:

VCE Botetourt
Robotics Team
Attn:Katherine Carter
P.O. Box 217
Fincastle, VA 24090

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