DECC offers new fundraising opportunity for area non-profits

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The DECC has launched a new “Fundraising at the DECC” program, which gives people a chance to earn a donation for their favorite non-profit.

“We’re all about creating a great game day experience for people. Or if they come to a concert, or any one of our events, we want to create a memory for someone. And it’s harder to do when you don’t have enough staff,” Lucie Amundsen said. She’s the Director of Communications at the DECC.

They hope to get more helping hands at the venue with this program. It’s modeled after similar set ups at places like Target Field.

Amundsen said they have something for everyone. “You could hand out popcorn. Or scan tickets. Or just greet people, and help them find their seats.”

Your group doesn’t have to be big. A group of five could man a concession stand, for example.

The amount of the donation could be a flat fee, or also a percentage of the concessions you work.

Project Joy volunteers are pumped up about the chance to do this. Founder Laura Plys explained why.

“I think it’s awesome. We’re always up for any type of event where we can have more exposure for Project Joy,” she told us.

She started Project Joy as a way to honor her late husband, Duluth Hall of Famer Patrick Plys. They raise money to help end childhood hunger.

They have their annual event coming up on November 4th at the DECC. “Our theme is Channel Your Flannel,” Plys said. “It’s going to be just like we’ve had in the past, with a silent auction, food, and music. And just a lot of great socializing.”

It’s 5-9pm at the Duluth Curling Club. Tickets are $30 at the door. Find them on Facebook at: @projecytjoynorthland

They would love to team up and help you enjoy your Bulldog games or Boat Shows and more.

The DECC hopes to have its first fundraising volunteers working in the stands for the UMD Bulldgs vs. Wisconsin Badgers hockey series on October 21-22nd.

Interested people/groups should email: for details.