WATCH PARTIES

SUPPORT TOUCHSTONE BY HOSTING A WATCH PARTY!

The 2020 Touchstone Tribute – Virtual Edition is available for you to show at your own Watch Party! A Watch Party can be a virtual or face-to-face event. Think of it as your own table at our annual Touchstone Tribute fundraising dinner. You set the date, invite the guests, and watch the video together. You can encourage comments and discussion, even tell your guests about your own experience with Touchstone. 

HERE’S HOW IT’S DONE…

PLANNING

Like any gathering, a 2020 Touchstone Tribute Watch Party begins with setting a date. After you have the date, be sure to invite people who have a heart for teens, and would take interest in the mission of Touchstone. Next, choose a viewing medium. Listed below are several options, along with step-by-step instructions on how to use them. 

WATCH PARTY PLATFORMS

These are simple to use, but it’s always a good idea to practice setting it up and viewing the video beforehand.

Facebook:

  1. Open your Facebook account. 
  2. Click Create Post.
  3. Click the More button (…) in the lower right hand corner.
  4. Click Watch Party.
  5. In Search, type or paste: 2020 Touchstone Tribute – Virtual Edition.
  6. Click Next. 
  7. Select your privacy setting.
  8. Click Post.

You may edit the date and time of the post, tag friends, and make announcements that it is coming up.

Zoom:

  1. Schedule your Zoom meeting as you normally would.
  2. Before starting the Zoom meeting, go to tyrs.org on your browser and find the 2020 Touchstone Tribute – Virtual Edition at the bottom left of the Home page.
  3. Once everyone has joined your meeting, and you are ready to show the video, click Share Screen (a green button, on the hidden task bar at the bottom of the page.)
  4. When the application window opens, click on the tyrs.org page.
  5. Click on the video to start it.
 

Microsoft Teams:

  1. Schedule your Teams meeting as you normally would.
  2. Before starting the Teams meeting, go to tyrs.org on your browser, and find the 2020 Touchstone Tribute – Virtual Edition at the bottom left of the Home page.
  3. Once everyone has joined your meeting, and you are ready to show the video, click Share Screen on the menu bar at the top of the page.
  4. When the application window opens, click on the tyrs.org page.
  5. Click on the video to start.
 

In-Person Watch Party: 

You know what you like to do at parties, so plan your in-person Watch Party the same way. Serving food and drinks is a great idea. Remember the video takes 42 minutes, so leave time for follow-up conversation when it’s over. 

YOUR WATCH PARTY

Introducing The Video – The video doesn’t need much in the way of introduction, but it never hurts to tell your guests why you want them to see it. Don’t hide the fact that it’s a fundraiser, but don’t pressure them either. The presenters on the video will present the cause and call-to-action. 

Comments And Discussion – All of the online platforms provide for guests to make comments during a virtual Watch Party. You can set the tone by making and inviting comments. In-depth discussion is a good idea, but is probably better left until after the video is over. 

Follow-up Conversation – It’s as easy as asking, “Well, what do you think?” Also, this is a good time to share your own thoughts about Touchstone and the issues raised in the video. It’s especially helpful to find out how the video affected your guests. At some point you may ask, “Does the video make any of you want to support Touchstone?” If so, the video tells how they can do that. Please share helpful feedback with us. 

Donating – The QR code on the video is the easiest way for your guests to give. They can just use the QR code reader on their phones to link directly to the 2020 Touchstone Tribute donation page. They can also simply go to tyrs.org and click the DONATE button. 

Fundraising Goals – Touchstone needs to raise $65,000 by year’s end to prevent any interruption of our services to students. We have received $10,000 in matching funds for those who donate in time. We also have a goal of adding 100 NEW monthly donors, so please call this option to the attention of your Watch Party guests. 

Got Questions? If you have any Watch Party questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Thank You! Thank you so much for holding a 2020 Touchstone Tribute Watch Party! You’re going to have fun and some excellent conversation with your guests. They will be glad you invited them, and so will we! Because of your efforts, students will continue to receive the services you saw described in the 2020 Touchstone Tribute – Virtual Edition.