What role does fundraising play in reducing Wellington Debate and Forensic Team costs?

Wellington Debate offers a 50/50 fundraiser "credit line" opportunity to each member of the program. Any credit earned can be applied to debate-related expenses during tenure in the program. We attempt to keep fundraising to a minimum, but to do this we need the participation of everyone. If you choose not to participate, you may elect to donate a targeted profit in its place. Fundraising is necessary to allow our team to travel and be competitive at the local, regional and national level.

Debate receives no funding from the school or school district. Therefore, our $50,000+ annual budget is covered entirely by members of the program, their parents, and through fundraisers. A $125 competition donation from each student competitor would be appreciated to defray expenses. This donation covers the following: (a) tournament registration fees and meals for six "local" PBCFL tournaments (which take place one Saturday a month in September, October, November, December, January and February) during the current school year; (b) membership fees in the National Forensic League, National Catholic Forensic League, and Florida Forensic League; and (c) subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, script purchases, literature, and other materials needed for the program. We ask that $75 of this donation be made by September 1, and the balance by October 1. If payment arrangements are needed, accommodations will be made.

The Wellington Debate and Forensic Team is actively involved in seeking individual and corporate sponsors to assist with its operation. These contributions will help provide the Wellington Debate and Forensic Team with the resources it needs to expand opportunities for the participants in Speech and Debate activities. The activity is not inexpensive. To be competitive, students must travel to local, regional and national tournaments; the cost to the team of attending a tournament can range from $1,200 to $5,000. The ability of the team to succeed on a national level depends on its ability to garner support from the community.

Each year, Wellington Debate and Forensic Team members and their parents must rely on fundraising efforts. Funds are raised through corporate donations, personal donations, and hosting tournaments. You can become part of the Wellington Debate and Forensic Team and help insure the continued tradition of excellence by making a tax deductible contribution. You do not have to have students in the program to participate.

Sponsors will be recognized as follows:

  • Champion: $1,000 and above
  • Finalist: $500-999
  • Semi-Finalist: $250-499
  • Quarterfinalist: $100-249
  • Octafinalist: $50-99
  • Participant: Under $50

    Along with being listed on the Wellington Speech & Debate Debate website (with links to their business websites, if available), contributions to the team will be acknowledged at team events, including speech and debate tournaments hosted by Wellington High School, the annual team banquet, and at our annual Dessert Theatre spring talent showcase. Champion, Finalist, Semi-Finalist and Quarterfinalist donors will also be listed on the back of the Wellington Debate and Forensic Team t-shirt.

    If you would like to actively support the Wellington Debate and Forensic Team (and your support is strongly encouraged!), you might want to consider getting involved in the Wolverine Debate Parents Association. The WDPA supports the team in many ways, including: providing chaperones when the team travels out of the area; support for Wolverine-hosted tournaments; support for the annual awards banquet; and fundraising. For additional information about donations, corporate donations or alumni donations, please e-mail Coach Paul L. Gaba. Or you can make checks payable to the Wellington Debate and Forensic Team and mail them to:

    Wellington High School Speech & Debate Team
    2101 Greenview Shores Boulevard
    Wellington, FL 33414

    The Wellington Debate and Forensic Team is a governmental organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by IRS regulations.