A Colombian hotdog fundraiser:
A Colombian friend made me aware of a way that she as a teenager in Colombia made money for her to travel for her quinceanera (15th birthday blitz). She threw a big grill-out party and charged friends and family to come and eat. I knew that buying a bunch of steaks would be very costly and it would be hard to make any money on that, so I decided to do a hotdog fundraiser.
If this sounds kinda lame, just know that Colombians know how to spice up a hot dog; they do it to the max! They add some awesome toppings; they add pineapple sauce, shoestring potatoes, pink sauce (basically ketchup and mayo mixed together), garlic mayo, quail eggs (which we bypassed), and then the usual suspects like ketchup and mustard. Their hotdogs are a work of art! We made colorful invitations which I can share with you to copy, and then invited everyone we could. We charged $10-20 per person according to what they could pay. We also complimented it with a traditional Colombian potato salad which was easy to make (www.mycolombianrecipes.com/ensalada-rusa-russian-salad) and plaintain chips which we got at Costco along with sodas and water.
People loved it! My husband had some friends come from his guitar class, so we had a little entertainment. At the event, we went around and filmed the people at the fundraiser welcoming our son and then sent him the video, which he watched over and over again. It was all around a hit: We made $1,700 at this fundraiser. Not bad for hot dogs.