Once again, PAC your baskets

NCRA’s Government Relations Department is sponsoring its second Gift Basket Extravaganza to benefit the Association’s PAC (Political Action Committee). The first Extravaganza was held at NCRA’s 2018 Convention & Expo in New Orleans, La., and raised $1,905. Eleven states and NCRA participated in the fundraising event.

This year, NCRA’s Government Affairs Department is hoping even more states will join in the fun and showcase items unique to their states in beautifully displayed baskets. Last year, items ranged from bottles of wine, cheeses, various snacks, baked goods, Fiestaware, beach items, and more. NCRA’s basket featured Washington, D.C., memorabilia.

Here’s how the raffle works

Convention attendees who contribute to NCRA PAC will receive raffle tickets. Then, they will vote by putting their raffle tickets in the bowl for the basket they want to win. Lastly, a raffle will be held and the winner of the basket will be chosen at random.

Additionally, each state that contributes a gift basket will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free registration to the 2020 NCRA Leadership & Legislative Boot Camp. The free registration will be based on the basket that accumulates the highest number of raffle tickets—essentially, the basket with the biggest draw.

To date, the following state associations have committed to donating baskets to the fundraiser:

Alabama Court Reporters Association

Arizona Court Reporters Association

California Court Reporters Association

California Deposition Reporters Association

Colorado Court Reporters Association

Florida Court Reporters Association

Mississippi Court Reporters Association

Oklahoma Court Reporters Association

South Dakota Court Reporters Association

Tennessee Court Reporters Association

Utah Court Reporters Association

Virginia Court Reporters Association

West Virginia Shorthand Reporters Association

Wisconsin Court Reporters Association

“By contributing to the NCRA PAC, you have the direct power and influence to shape how the court reporting and captioning professions are represented at a federal level — that makes this year more important than ever,” wrote NCRA student member Shaunise Day from Oakland, Calif., in an invitation to participate she sent to state association leaders. Day serves on NCRA’s PAC board and is the contributor of last year’s winning basket. 

“NCRA has the unique opportunity to cultivate new alliances in the federal government and ensure that members of Congress, who know the importance of court reporters and captioners and who support the court reporting and captioning professions, stay in office,” she noted.

If you plan to submit a basket on behalf of your state, please be advised of the following:

  • Provide a description of your basket with all contents that are included.
  • Please note the total value of your basket and include it with your description.
  • You will be responsible for shipping or transporting your basket and its contents to the convention.

Be sure to stop by the NCRA Government Relations booth and support PAC with your donation. If you have any questions about the 2019 NCRA PAC Gift Basket Extravaganza, contact NCRA Director of State Government Relations, Jocelynn Moore at jmoore@ncra.org.