Collage Table Captain Tool Kit

2024 Collage Table Captain Toolkit 

Welcome 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston’s signature Women’s Philanthropy event, Collage, returns Thursday, March 28, and we are honored to include you as a Table Captain! 

Being a Table Captain 

From guest recruitment to championing the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston’s work in the community, Table Captains play a vital role in Collage. Table Captains invite 8-10 friends, colleagues, family members, etc. to join them at this inspiring, multigenerational event. Or if you prefer, you can also choose to partner with someone as a Co-Captain and fill a table together. The important piece is that you invite people in your life who you think would enjoy the event and be inclined to support the mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.  

Sponsor a Table 

Table Captains can also choose to sponsor a table (as a business or individual) for $5,000. Being a Table Sponsor is a great way to support the event, gain fantastic visibility benefits for your business, and bring new people to the event.  Become a sponsor here: Table Captain & Table Sponsor Form. We are offering a special Young Adult rate for those age 40 and under for sponsorship at $2,500 for a table.  

Event Overview 

Collage is the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston’s signature Women’s Philanthropy event! 


Now in its 29th year, Collage brings together Jewish women of all ages to celebrate, connect, and raise critical funds for the JFGH Annual Campaign, which supports Jewish people in Houston, Israel, and around the world. This is the largest gathering of Jewish women in Houston and serves as the leading fundraiser for the Federation. Chaired by Martha Kaplan Freedman, Arin Freedman, Auna Freedman, Emily Freedman and Emily Freedman, this year’s event will occur at 11:30 am on Thursday, March 28 at the Westin Galleria (5060 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX  77056). 

Event Snapshot 

Thursday, March 28, 2024
11:30 AM 

Cost
$100 couvert, includes a delicious lunch and inspiring program.  

There is no minimum gift, although each guest will be asked to make a commitment to the 2024 Annual Campaign that is meaningful to them. 

Registration 

There are three simple ways guests can register for this event: 

  1. Guests can register themselves online and select you as their table captain. The link for registration is here. 
  2. You can register your guests online, either paying their couvert or having them pay you back later. 
  3. Guests can send a check to the Federation (5603 S. Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX  77096), but please make sure that they write “Collage” on the memo and include a note that you are their Table Captain. 

Next Steps 

Now is the time to jot down a prospective guest list and start inviting friends to join you. Below you find our brainstorming tool to help you keep track of who you should invite. Follow up is key! Often, people won’t respond to your first e-mail/invitation, so follow up. And then follow up again.  

Questions? 

Development Associate, Cynthia Giron, is here to help with any questions, ideas, or thoughts. She can be reached by email at cgiron@houstonjewish.org or by phone at 713-729-7000 x 318.  

 

How to invite: 

  • Begin by inviting 30+ people – your goal is to have 10 people say “yes.” Be ready to hear plenty of “declines” and don’t get discouraged. 
  • Make it personal! Talk to your guests on the phone, over text, or (ideally) in person and tell them about the event. 
  • E-mail your invitation with a personal message letting that guest know you really want them to attend, etc. 
  • Follow up with voice mails, e-mails, or text messages (or all of the above)!   

 

Who to invite: 

  • Who is part of your circle of friends, synagogue, social clubs, your child’s or grandchild’s school community, your neighborhood?   
  • Who do you do business with? 
  • Who is part of your family? 
  • Who invited you to a fundraising event or to support their favorite cause? 
  • Who shares your vision/values to want to connect with the Jewish Federation or women’s philanthropy?  

 

Final thoughts: 

  • Don’t hesitate because someone might not be able to come to the event. Invite them now. Making them aware of the event this year will create ‘buzz’ and make them MORE likely to accept your invitation next year! 
  • Keep your deadlines in mind. Help create a warm and welcoming event by ensuring you and your guests register with as much lead time as possible.  
  • Have fun! Express your excitement and people will want to join you online or at your table in a future year.