Three top tips for host­ing a gala din­ner

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GALA din­ners can be one of the best ways to gain sup­port for your or­gan­i­sa­tion and cause. They usu­ally in­clude din­ner, en­ter­tain­ment, danc­ing, raf­fles, and silent and live auc­tions. While they re­quire a huge amount of plan­ning, they are so ef­fec­tive in rais­ing aware­ness, fundrais­ing and pre­sent­ing your or­gan­i­sa­tion and cause in a pro­fes­sional light.

Here are our top three tips for host­ing a suc­cess­ful gala din­ner:

Set your bud­get

You should de­ter­mine a bud­get be­fore the plan­ning be­gins. In­clude all pos­si­ble fi­nan­cial con­sid­er­a­tions, such as the costs for the venue, food and bev­er­ages, en­ter­tain­ment, au­dio­vi­sual equip­ment and sup­port, ad­ver­tis­ing, prizes and items to be auc­tioned. Hope­fully some of these things can be do­nated or dis­counted, but it’s good to bud­get in for some con­tin­gen­cies.

Iden­tify your fundrais­ing meth­ods

Sell­ing tick­ets to the gala din­ner is a great way to raise money for your cause, how­ever, keep in mind that ticket sales will also need to cover the cater­ing, venue and other event costs. Find­ing other ways to fundraise is usu­ally nec­es­sary and may in­clude hold­ing a raf­fle or a live or silent auc­tion, or sell­ing ad­ver­tis­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, spon­sor­ships and cor­po­rate ta­bles.

Get the right AV tech­ni­cal sup­port

Work with a re­li­able, cre­ative and ex­pe­ri­enced AV provider. You want ac­cess to qual­ity equip­ment and ded­i­cated peo­ple to help you de­liver a spec­tac­u­lar event. Your AV provider can pro­vide in­no­va­tive au­dio­vi­sual sup­port to cre­ate that mag­i­cal at­mos­phere for your guests.

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