Topic Archive: Benefits/Fund-raisers

17 Innovative Ideas From Fall Benefits

Here's a look at the best ideas for decor, catering, and more from this past season’s galas, benefits, and fund-raisers across North America.

Idea File Posted January 5, 2017, 7:30 AM EST

The Best Event Photography of 2016

The images from events that stood out for their composition, perspective, and creative ideas.

From the Editors Posted December 29, 2016, 7:15 AM EST

See How This Gala Created a Winter Wonderland

The Choral Arts Society of Washington took inspiration from a sculpture at the Swiss ambassador's residence to create a Swiss Alps-theme design for its annual holiday gala.

Event Report Posted December 22, 2016, 7:00 AM EST

How Volunteers Help Break Records at This Benefit

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Washington chapter employs a unique strategy at its annual gala to raise more money each year.

The Scout Posted November 28, 2016, 7:30 AM EST

See a Tented Gala That Looked Like a Starry Night

The City of Hope gala had a lunar-like stage and a starry tented backdrop.

Event Report Posted November 23, 2016, 7:15 AM EST

How the Knock Out Abuse Gala Reorganized After Separating From Fight Night

Knock Out Abuse reworked its ticketing and fund-raising options to recoup attendance lost by separating from Fight for Children's Fight Night for the first time in its 23-year history.

Event Report Posted November 18, 2016, 7:00 AM EST

World Series Mania: How a Chicago Gala Catered to Guests Who Wanted to Watch Baseball

Planners of the Field Museum benefit made some quick changes to accommodate baseball fans.

Event Snapshot Posted November 4, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

How This Benefit Made Going to School Cool

MoMA PS1’s inaugural fall benefit featured an artistic, subversive twist on the high school theme, with installations, performances, and more.

Event Report Posted October 14, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

David Monn On His New Book, Design Rules, and the Ultimate Event Job

The New York-based event designer chats about his guiding principles, his past work, and the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

News Posted October 12, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT

Charity Luncheon Spells Out Event Message (Literally) on Tabletops

Revlon's annual philanthropic luncheon incorporated a "love" theme in graphic red and white centerpieces.

Event Snapshot Posted October 12, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

How a Televised Benefit Created a Buzzy—and Organized—Backstage Environment

Stand Up to Cancer engaged celebrities to amplify event messages from an area known as the Hub.

Event Snapshot Posted October 3, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

In Wake of Pulse Shooting, Gala Strikes Balance Between Somber and Celebratory

The Headdress Ball honored victims of the tragedy while also maintaining some of the razzle-dazzle it is known for.

Event Report Posted September 27, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

See Inside the Wolf Trap Ball's Tribute to the National Park Service

The 41st annual Wolf Trap Ball in Vienna, Virginia, used outdoor-inspired decor, surprise speakers, and special effects to honor the National Parks Service’s 100th anniversary.

Event Report Posted September 22, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

14 Inspiring Ideas From Summer Benefits

Here's a look at the best ideas for decor, catering, and more from this past season’s galas, benefits, and fund-raisers across North America.

Event Report Posted September 21, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

How to Organize a Benefit Concert in Less Than 3 Weeks

Find out how event planners of the Louisiana Rising concert in Baton Rouge are pulling together a charity show for flood victims in a little more than two weeks.

News Posted September 2, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

How This Aquarium Fund-Raiser Made a Splash With Attendees

Shedd Aquarium's 10th annual Blu benefit in Chicago had several marine-influenced activities for guests.

Event Snapshot Posted August 19, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

Unpredictable Hamptons Benefit Delights Guests—Even Without Kanye West

The Watermill Center presented a number of interactive and provocative art installations at its annual benefit and dinner, despite the rapper's last-minute cancellation.

Event Report Posted August 10, 2016, 6:45 AM EDT

The New Way an Elegant Gala Thanked Top Sponsors

For its annual gala, the Lincoln Park Zoo added cabanas as a place for its biggest donors to relax after dinner.

Event Report Posted July 28, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

How to Bring a Decommissioned Venue Back to the Future

The seventh annual Luminato Festival's futuristic theme allowed guests to explore areas of the decommissioned Hearn Generating Station that were previously closed to the public.

Event Report Posted July 5, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

See Two Wildly Different Approaches to Garden Parties

Two New York benefits chose the same garden party theme but took it in new creative directions.

Event Report Posted June 28, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

BizBash Remembers Photographer Bill Cunningham

The legendary photographer was a fixture at New York events.

From the Editors Posted June 27, 2016, 2:24 PM EDT

22 Fresh Ideas From Spring Benefits

Here's a look at innovative and inspiring ideas for decor, entertainment, catering, and more from the season's fund-raisers, galas, and benefits across North America.

Idea File Posted June 23, 2016, 7:45 AM EDT

New Ideas for an Engaging Silent Auction Display

A Washington fund-raiser created elegant displays for its silent auction, adding to the decor and saving square footage.

Event Report Posted June 6, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT

See How a Museum Celebrated an Over-the-Top Acquisition

The California Science Center welcomed a 66,000-pound space flight-qualified fuel tank—the last of its kind—with appropriate pomp at a travel-inspired gala.

Event Report Posted May 25, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

How New York's Largest Benefit Grew Even Bigger

The Robin Hood Benefit, New York's largest single fund-raiser, brought in $61.2 million to fight poverty in the city.

Event Report Posted May 17, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

See How Tech and Fashion Mixed at the Met Gala

This year's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit featured fashion and decor inspired by its tech company sponsors.

Event Report Posted May 10, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT

How Dos Equis Said Goodbye to the “Most Interesting Man in the World”

The Mexican beer brand hosted a series of auction-theme events to celebrate the end of the popular ad campaign.

Event Report Posted April 27, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT

See a Spring Benefit With a Playful Twist

The Public Art Fund's annual fund-raiser featured dart-throwing and elegant game-inspired decor elements.

Event Report Posted April 27, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

How to Design a Childlike—But Still Elegant—Event

Unicef's annual Hope Gala entertained a black-tie crowd in a setting inspired by a playground.

Event Report Posted April 21, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT

6 Ideas for Bringing an Element of Surprise to Events

Event planners are coming up with new spins on the "surprise and delight" concept to make a memorable impact on guests.

Idea File Posted April 14, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

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