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Topic Archive: Benefits/Fund-raisers

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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

How a Chicago Gala Transported Guests to Ireland

To celebrate its new Ireland-theme exhibition, the Art Institute of Chicago hosted a gala that immersed guests in Irish culture.

Event Snapshot Posted April 14, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

6 Interactive Ideas From a Young Patrons' Benefit

For its final iteration, the Royal Ontario Museum's "prom" engaged guests with hands-on activations.

Event Report Posted April 9, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

Why Listening to Your Sponsors Matters

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Ball planners worked with potential sponsors to find the right channel for their support.

Event Report Posted April 1, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT

22 Ideas From Winter Benefits

Here's a look at decor, entertainment, catering, and more from the season's biggest benefits across North America.

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

What Happens When Lady Gaga Crashes an Event

The Special Olympics Chicago's Polar Plunge drew unprecedented participation this year—and raised more funds—with the help of some famous faces.

Event Report Posted March 18, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

This Ancient Jerusalem-Inspired Gala Set a Fund-Raising Record

To fete its new Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, the California Science Center's annual ball featured two-story projections, live goats, and a cave-like cocktail hour.

Event Report Posted March 16, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

How Increasing a Benefit's Footprint Helped Fund-Raising

The Special Olympics Canada's Motionball gala met its fund-raising goal by adding space and guests.

Event Report Posted March 12, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

See a Benefit That Took Guests Back to the '90s

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay gave its annual fund-raiser a throwback theme.

Event Report Posted March 5, 2015, 7:00 AM EST

11 Ways to Engage a Literary Crowd

The Toronto Public Library's 10th annual Book Lovers' Ball introduced fresh ideas for engaging a highbrow crowd.

Event Report Posted February 19, 2015, 12:23 PM EST

How One Gala Offered Three Unique Experiences

The Pérez Art Museum Miami's benefit divided the evening into three sections, with different menus and service based on ticket price.

Event Report Posted January 20, 2015, 7:15 AM EST

What the Whitney's Last Gala at the Breuer Building Looked Like

The contemporary art museum bid farewell to its uptown home with an homage to its past, along with a view into the future.

Event Report Posted December 8, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

Why Guests Ate Shoes at This Gala

The Chicago History Museum's Costume Ball had a fashion-theme custom cake.

Event Snapshot Posted December 5, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

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