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The story of Rita’s Italian Ice

Nobody does fundraising like Rita’s of San Jose

A fun and exciting way for local community groups to raise money! As a feature of the event, members of your organization can be "Celebrity Scoopers" at Rita's and serve our Ice and other delicious treats to Guests. In return, your group can earn money to support your organization.
Fundraising sales don't get any cooler! Partner with Rita's to raise funds for your group or organization! By selling quarts of our signature Italian Ice to friends and family, your group earns a percentage of the proceeds.

Click here to schedule a fundraiser
About Rita’s

Rita’s Italian Ice is the world’s largest retail chain of Italian ice and custard products. A 30 year old company, Rita’s has over 700 retail locations nationwide. Rita’s is currently aggressively expanding into the Southwest as well as the Western United States.

If you have questions, please click here to set up an appointment to speak to a friendly and knowledgeable Rita’s Fundraising Coordinator. Think of the coordinator as your personal party planner who has extensive experience planning Rita’s fundraising functions.

We have a fundraising option for every organization…regardless of their size.

Perfect Fundraising Opportunities

Rita’s is perfect for any event. Listed below are a few of the most popular organizations that feature Rita’s Italian to bolster their fundraising efforts:

  • Rita’s at School Events
  • Rita’s at Church Events
  • Rita’s at Club Events
  • Rita’s at Youth Events
  • Rita’s at Adult Events
  • Rita’s at Seasonal Events
How It Works

It’s all very simple.  Click on the button near the top of the page that says “Click Here to Schedule Fundraising”.  Once you have filled out the necessary information, one of our Fundraising Coordinators will contact you to discuss your event(s) and how we can help you maximize your fundraising dollars.

How Much Money Can I Make?

Your organization can make a significant amount of money when using Rita’s as a fundraiser. Your Rita’s Fundraising Coordinator can customize a fundraising program to accommodate any event. We offer several options, including the following:

  • Rita’s Self-Serve Containers. With this option, you buy a large container of each of your favorite flavor(s) of Rita’s Italian Ice. We provide the cups, napkins and spoons.  This option is typically for events where there is the potential for your organization to sell over 50 cups of Rita’s Italian Ice.  We also feature smaller self-serve containers for events of less than 50 potential sales.
  • Get a Percentage of Sales at our Retail Store. With this option, you promote Rita’s with your members and they come into one of our retail stores. When they checkout at the store, simply mention the name of your organization and a promotion code and Rita’s will give back to your organization a percentage of sales where your organization is promoted.
  • Rita’s Custom Gift Cards. With this option, Rita’s will provide your organization free of charge customized gift cards to sell to consumers. Gift cards are typically sold for between $5.00 and $10.00.
  • Rita’s Refrigerated Cart-Currently Not Available. With this option, we deliver a cart directly to your location. We provide the employees, products and supplies.  You will work with our Fundraising Coordinator in determining the price in which you would like to sell the product and the profit margin you would like to realize.  This option is typically for medium size events where there is the potential for your organization to sell over 250 cups of Rita’s Italian Ice.  The cart sells Italian Ice, Gelati’s and custard sandwiches.
  • Rita’s Refrigerated Trailer-Currently Not Available. With this option, we deliver a trailer directly to your location. We provide the employees, products and supplies.  You will work with our Fundraising Coordinator in determining the price you would like to sell the product and the profit margin you would like to realize.  This option is typically for large events where there is the potential for your organization to sell over 500 cups of Rita’s Italian Ice.  The trailer is a self -contained retail store and offers the entire line of Rita’s Italian Ice and Custard products.

To speak to a Rita’s Fundraising Coordinator about an upcoming event, please click on the button above that says “Click Here to Schedule Fundraising”. Once you have filled out the form, one of our Rita’s Fundraising Coordinators will contact you to discuss your event(s) and demonstrate to you how selling Rita’s products can maximize your fundraising dollars.

How many events can we hold a year?

You can hold an unlimited number of events per year. The more events you allow Rita’s to participate in, the more money you will raise for your organization. The only limitation is the availability of the carts or trailers

What does the Fundraising Coordinator do?

The Rita’s Fundraising Coordinator is essentially the “party planner” for your event. Working with your representative, our coordinator will establish and coordinate the plan from beginning to end so your organization will maximize your fundraising dollars and have a very positive experience.

Who is Ice Guy?

Ice Guy is the Rita’s of San Jose mascot. As you can imagine, Ice Guy is possibly the busiest guy in San Jose because of his unbelievable popularity. Speak to a Rita’s Fundraising Coordinator about Ice Guy making an appearance at your fundraising function.

Rita’s Cart Service-Currently Not Available

The Rita’s cart service is our most popular fundraising option for events where there is the potential of selling over 150 servings of Italian ice. With this option, we provide the refrigerated cart filled with 6 flavors of Italian ice; we provide the transportation of the cart to your location on one of our company trucks; we provide the personnel to serve the Italian ice; and we provide all cups, spoons, napkins, etc. We ask the organization that is sponsoring the event to provide 3 to 4 volunteers to collect money and assist with funneling the crowd so we can make serving your customers efficient as possible.

At the end of the event, we pick up the cart and then we do an accounting of the number of Italian ice servings sold and then arrange for the distribution of your profits from the event.

To arrange a fundraising event utilizing our cart service or to ask questions, please click here to set up an appointment to speak to a friendly and knowledgeable Rita’s Fundraising Coordinator.  Don’t forget to ask about our mascot “Ice Guy” making an appearance at your event.

Rita’s Trailer Service-Currently Not Available

The Rita’s trailer service is our fundraising option for events where there is the potential of selling over 500 servings of Italian ice per day.  With this option, we provide a 13 foot trailer that serves a full menu of Rita’s Italian ice and custard products. We provide the transportation of the trailer to your location; we provide the personnel to serve all of our products; and we provide all cups, spoons, napkins, etc. We ask the organization that is sponsoring the event to provide 3 to 4 volunteers to collect money and assist with funneling the crowd so we can make serving your customers efficient as possible.

At the end of the event, we pick up the trailer and then we do an accounting of the number of product servings sold and then arrange for the distribution of your profits from the event. Typically, organizations that qualify for trailer usage can realize a profit of several thousand dollars.

To arrange a fundraising event utilizing our trailer service or to ask questions, please click here to set up an appointment to speak to a friendly and knowledgeable Rita’s Fundraising Coordinator.  Don’t forget to ask about our mascot “Ice Guy” making an appearance at your event.

Rita’s Self-Serve Container Service

The Rita’s self-serve container service is our fundraising option for events where there is the potential of selling between 60 and 180 servings of Italian ice. With this option, you purchase at our retail store a self-refrigerating bulk container of Italian ice that features 60 servings per container.

To arrange a fundraising event utilizing our self-serve container service or to ask questions, please click here to set up an appointment to speak to a friendly and knowledgeable Rita’s Fundraising Coordinator.

Rita’s Gift Card Service

The Rita’s gift card service is our fundraising option that allows organizations to sell our plastic gift cards to customers. The gift card has the same strength and durability of a standard credit card.

To arrange a fundraising event utilizing our self-serve container service or to ask questions, please click here to set up an appointment to speak to a friendly and knowledgeable Rita’s Fundraising Coordinator.

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