NCRA PAC fundraiser doubles last year’s draw

Greta Duckett, RPR, CRR, won the Ohio basket.

The second Gift Basket Extravaganza sponsored by NCRA’s Government Relations Department to benefit the Association’s PAC (Political Action Committee) drew nearly double the number of participants and raised more than $4,000. Twenty unique baskets in total were donated to support the fundraising event held at the Association’s 2019 Convention & Expo that took place in Denver, Colo., Aug. 15-18.

Baskets were donated by the following:

  • Alabama Court Reporters Association
  • Arizona Court Reporters Association
  • California Court Reporters Association
  • California Deposition Reporters Association
  • California Official Court Reporters Association
  • Colorado Court Reporters Association
  • Depo International (had a Minnesota basket)
  • Florida Court Reporters Association
  • Maryland Court Reporters Association
  • Mississippi Court Reporters Association
  • NCRA
  • New York State Court Reporters Association
  • Ohio 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

Items ranged from bottles of wine, cheeses, various snacks, baked goods, Fiestaware, beach items, and more. NCRA’s basket featured Washington, D.C., memorabilia.

According to Jocelynn Moore, NCRA’s Director of State Government Relations, the basket donated by the Maryland Court Reporters Association included a gift certificate for fresh blue crabs to be shipped to the winner’s home, while the Ohio state association participated with a large and a small basket worth about $700 total that included boxes for the winners to use to ship the contents home. In addition, the Florida association’s basket included a $300 gift certificate for a new case from Stenograph.

Other notable baskets include the one from Tennessee which included bottles of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, the California basket which featured Stags’ Leap wine, a Los Angeles Lakers basketball, and a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball. NCRA’s basket had items that were all purchased from inside the U.S. Senate.

“I was very impressed with the dedication and effort put forth by the many state associations that donated baskets for our annual NCRA PAC Basket Extravaganza. With the help of the state associations and donors, we were able to raise more than double the amount of funds we raised last year,” Moore said. “This is a huge success for NCRA PAC, and I’m hoping we take this momentum into next year’s NCRA PAC fundraiser.”