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Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Softball Beer Busts

Softball teams across the state are gearing up for that first pitch of the season and soon fundraising efforts will be underway. Oftentimes, teams will partner with a local bar to help raise money to offset costs accrued throughout the year. The Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (DPS/AGED) wants to educate the public on how to legally raise money for softball beer busts.

Fundraising Legally for your Team

  • The establishment must run the fundraiser and agree to donate the profits to the team.
    • Cover charges or charging for a cup at the door is allowed, but fees must be collected by the establishment, not the team.
  • The establishment can donate time, profits on liquor sales and personnel. 
  • The establishment can designate how much money they donate after recouping costs for donated alcohol.
  • The establishment can hold silent auctions, raise money through games of skill or take straight donations for the team.
    • Skill is defined as an activity or game where a player’s physical or mental ability will determine the outcome.
  • Common fundraising activities or games include: dunk tanks, billiards, golf putting, bocce, silent auctions. 
  • Team volunteers can collect money for the additional fundraising inside the bar such as games and silent auctions.

Red Flags your Fundraiser could be Illegal

  • Allowing games based on chance such as: raffles, drawings, specific card games based on chance, some amusement games such as plinko and paddle wheels.
  • Team officials collecting cover charges or fees for cups at the door.
  • Purchasing alcohol and selling it privately at an off-site location: home, park or another facility other than a licensed liquor establishment.

Establishments planning fundraisers can contact the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division for any questions.