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Amfar Gala Gets Tech Boost From Microsoft Partnership

The Foundation for AIDS Research held its New York Inspiration gala at the Plaza, taking over a number of the historic spot's spaces for a fashion show, reception, silent auction, and dinner that used Microsoft's new Surface tablet.

Event Report Posted June 17, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

How This Photo Booth Raised Money for Charity

Event Snapshot Posted June 12, 2013, 7:50 AM EDT

4 Tools to Help Raise Money at Your Next Event

Event Intelligence Posted February 28, 2013, 7:45 AM EST

“Kickstarter for Events”: The New Way Hosts Are Raising Money

Event Intelligence Posted February 5, 2013, 7:30 AM EST


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Museum Gala Channels Ancient Pompeii

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum's architectural details made it an ideal site for the California Science Center's annual fund-raiser.

Event Report Posted May 27, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

The Hills Are Alive: 9 Ideas for a 'Sound of Music'-Theme Party

Following the Lyric Opera of Chicago's example, here are clever ideas for hosting an event inspired by a classic musical.

Event Report Posted May 22, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Hanging Firefly Jars Light Up Spring Gala

At the Butterfly Ball in Chicago, hanging jars held tiny LED lights that resembled twinkling fireflies.

Event Snapshot Posted May 19, 2014, 7:41 AM EDT

MoMA’s Party in the Garden Blooms With Classic English Design

The Museum of Modern Art's 2014 benefit featured a look reminiscent of grand British greenery with traditional boxwood hedges, sculptured topiaries, and a faux lawn.

Event Report Posted May 16, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT

See the Robin Hood Gala's Dramatic Replica of the Brooklyn Bridge

With the help of Bruno Mars, John Oliver, and others, the nonprofit's blockbuster benefit had the theme of "Bridge to Possibility" and raised nearly $60 million to fight poverty in New York.

Event Report Posted May 14, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

Steppenwolf Gala Transports Guests to a Glitzy Prairie

The Chicago company hosted a prairie-theme gala inspired by its latest production, The Way West.

Event Report Posted May 14, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

See the Met Gala's Towering Rose Sculpture

This year the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute gala used a towering 30-foot-tall installation of roses to reference the work and style of the American couturier Charles James.

Event Report Posted May 9, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT

Washington's Corcoran Ball Boosts Ticket Sales, Highlights Americana Design

Rumors swirled about the future of the event after a well-publicized merger, but it returned with more guest and a higher ticket price, plus variations on an Americana theme.

Event Report Posted April 29, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

How a Pop-Up Flower Shop Boosted Gala Proceeds

At the Starlight Gala, attendees could purchase donated flower bouquets to help increase the benefit's take.

Event Snapshot Posted April 16, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

How a New Venue and Vision Changed the "Fashion for Paws" Benefit

An overhaul of the the pet-friendly runway show switched its venue and cut attendance.

Event Report Posted April 15, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

See Guests Dine at an Oversize Artist's Palette

Guests dined at a table shaped like an artist's palette—complete with a giant prop paintbrush and flowers as paint—at Habitat for Humanity's "Blueprint" benefit in Florida.

Event Snapshot Posted April 1, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

Gala Guests Make Glamorous Entrance Via Water Taxi

Planners arranged water transportation for guests attending the Hearts & Stars gala.

Event Report Posted March 20, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

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