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Topic Archive: Benefits/Fund-raisers

Why a Robot Attended This Cocktail Reception

The Museum of Science and Industry's black-tie gala had a robot-inspired theme.

Event Snapshot Posted about 3 hours ago

See a Bar That Doubled as an Art Installation

At the Canadian Arts Foundation's gala, an art installation doled out drinks.

Event Snapshot Posted 7 days ago

Does Your Event Need a "Science Sommelier"?

The Adler Planetarium's Celestial Ball offered table-side science experiments.

Event Snapshot Posted September 24, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

How a Nonprofit Weaved Its Work Into a Fund-Raiser

See how a new event devised creative activities to generate donations.

Event Report Posted September 17, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

11 Ideas From Summer Benefits

Here's a look at the best ideas for decor, catering, and more from summer benefits across North America.

Event Report Posted September 9, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

6 Tips for Hosting a Successful Online Auction

Experts share advice for using online auction platforms for fund-raising events.

Event Intelligence Posted August 26, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT

How the Watermill Refreshed Its 22-Year-Old Benefit

To fully utilize its grounds and introduce new elements, the Watermill Center changed the layout of its annual fund-raiser.

Event Report Posted August 6, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

How to Host a Christmas Party in July

Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo Ball had an "Arctic Blast" theme—but took place in the summertime.

Event Report Posted August 5, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

See Why Guests Slapped This Bar

The Art Institute of Chicago's recent fund-raiser featured unusual bar service.

Event Snapshot Posted July 9, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

How Planners Prepped for an Indoor-Outdoor Gala During the Wettest June in History

In the midst of Chicago's rainiest-ever June, planners of the Shedd Aquarium's annual gala kept their eyes on the weather.

Event Report Posted July 8, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

See an Event That Combined a Lush Forest and a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

The Luminato Festival's opening party combined two distinctly different themes over the course of one evening.

Event Report Posted July 7, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

20 Ideas From Spring Benefits

Here's a look at fresh ideas for decor, entertainment, catering, and more from spring benefits across North America.

Event Report Posted June 30, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

8 Ideas for a Nontraditional Dinner Party

The Power Plant's "Power Ball" had anything-but-ordinary dinner and drink service with seated bartenders, an eclair tower, and more.

Event Report Posted June 25, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

How a Venue's Modern Architecture Invigorated a Benefit

This year's Opera Ball in Washington had a modern feel that influenced its decor, entertainment, and activities.

Event Report Posted June 25, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

What an Edible Salad Mural Looks Like

The 2015 Wall Ball was catered by Catering by Design, which created a mural wall of leafy greens that was later used for guests to make their own salads.

Event Snapshot Posted June 23, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT

How to Grow Sponsors at an Annual Event

The SickKids Foundation has developed relationships with sponsors by offering perks at its annual fund-raiser.

Event Report Posted June 23, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

Why a Gala Changed Its Layout to Grab Donor Attention

Heal the Bay revamped its format and staging to keep the crowd feeling connected to the cause and close to the action.

Event Report Posted June 17, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT

How to Customize a Gala for a Community

Chicago celebrated the opening of a new public trail with a gala infused with local color.

Event Report Posted June 17, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

How People Watching Became Art at the High Line Spring Benefit

The annual fund-raiser presented a classic picnic in the park, complete with sunbathers and striped blankets.

Event Report Posted June 2, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT

How Lighting Set a Futuristic Tone at This Gala

The American Cancer Society's Discovery Ball had a futuristic look and feel that underscored its tagline: "accelerating the cure."

Event Report Posted May 21, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

5 Tips to Get People to Attend Your After-Party

Here's how the Phillips Collection boosted attendance at its annual gala's after-party.

Event Report Posted May 21, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

Why This Gala Sent Guests Through a Maze

The Bata Shoe Museum's 20th anniversary gala in Toronto used a maze to inspire guests to explore its galleries.

Event Report Posted May 20, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

See How Live-Streaming Can Reach More Donors

Find out why Orlando’s Runway to Hope shared its entire event online.

Event Report Posted May 19, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

How to Prevent Gala Overdose During Benefit Season

The Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario found clever ways to lure gala-weary donors to its annual event.

Event Report Posted May 19, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

How Robin Hood Turned Its Benefit Into a Personal Affair

Paul McCartney headlined the star-filled event, which also celebrated everyday residents from the photo blog Humans of New York.

Event Report Posted May 14, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

How the Met Gala Avoided Chinese Clichés

Organizers of the museum's influential fund-raiser found elegant ways to incorporate Chinese imagery, the focus of the Costume Institute's spring exhibition.

Event Report Posted May 13, 2015, 12:23 PM EDT

How to Get Guests Interacting With Art

The Art Gallery of Ontario brought giant insects, camouflage rooms, and fortune-tellers to its quirky, sold-out Massive Party.

Event Report Posted May 6, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

9 Ideas for an Elegant Carnival Theme

The Lyric Opera celebrated its production of Carousel with an elegant-yet-whimsical celebration.

Event Report Posted April 29, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

How to Celebrate a Major Anniversary—and Raise $5 Million

To fete its 50th year, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted a special gala apart from its annual fund-raiser.

Event Report Posted April 29, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

Corcoran Ball Makes Big Changes for 60th Anniversary

After a tumultuous year, a dedicated committee pulled off the event with a mix of old and new elements.

Event Report Posted April 27, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

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