Gala benefit dinners are a great way to raise money for different organisations. The key to make sure you have big attendance and big name people there. If celebrities go, other people are more likely to attend as well. Get as many businesses to donate their services to the cause as possible so you do not have to pay for them.
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A gala dinner concert is a great way to get people to help out with a cause. Join with a musician or group who will put on a show for free and tell people how they can further help the cause. A jazz band, or an acoustic performance by a rock band are most appropriate since these events are typically formal.
Plan to have a raffle during your dinner. Announce what you will be raffling off and sell tickets throughout dinner. Themed baskets are a good thing to raffle off because you can normally get them donated. Present them at intervals throughout dinner, giving people more chances to win. Also, it gives them more chances to buy tickets and increase your donations.
You can have an auction at your dinner. A silent auction may be difficult since people will be talking with the other people at their table, so give everyone paddles and have a semi-quiet auction. If they hold up the paddle they will have bid on an item. Get as many of these items donated as possible. Get things from athletes, musicians, artists, and any other people that may be of interest to the group you are working with.
Instead of a larger, formal dinner, consider a more intimate wine tasting event and sell tickets prior to the event. Approach area wineries or wine stores to donate some of their best vintages for the tasting. A pre-arranged percentage of subsequent wine sales can be donated to your cause. Serve finger food and hors d'oeuvres and consider live music, such as a pianist or small chamber group, for ambience.
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