Three top tips for hosting a gala dinner
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.