I do believe from the quick view, it will be seen as a “taking away” from the charities donation received. Because we have goals set to help children’s hospital using real dollar amounts. Anytime people view a subtracting amount taken from the gross amount is disappointing for sure, but what was gain by being invested in the PAPA Circuit? By Kalamazoo having offered a PAPA Circuit event increase the potential audience? Would it have an effect to increase the gross amount to benefit the over-all goal?
I would call it a benefit, because of the potential of drawing more participates to the Kalamazoo Event to raise the gross amount.
Without the PAPA Circuit or IFPA Event- a higher percent on a smaller gross amount could very easily be out shadowed by the opportunity that was lost by not generating more interest and appeal to get people and players to the fundraising event. The effect could be attracting less participates adding to the total gross amount.
This is all base on the demographic make-up of your target audience. I have ran charity pinball tournaments with and without WPPR points in the past and will continue to make a choice in the future based on who will my target audience. By having a sanctioned IFPA or PAPA Circuit Event is going to have no effect? Make the choice to run a WPPR free or do without a PAPA Circuit event.
The beginners to our sport do not know the I.F.P.A. acronym, or what a WPPR point is, so the $1 dollar fee will not be applied for these beginner tournaments. I run a weekly league without WPPRs, people still show up to play.
I believe the real hurt is that we were getting these things for free, now they cost money.
Plus Josh’s quote, “So 133 players participated in the Main tournament, and with that came a ton of money raised for Project Pinball.” It should read as such, “a ton of money raised for Kalamazoo’s Bronson Children's Hospital so they can enlist Project Pinball help to place a pinball machine on site.” :^)