I don't often get into conversations about fundraising auction decor because there are other, more critical elements to discuss that are tied directly to raising money. Yet for many committee members, decor is the "fun part" of the auction; it's what keeps them engaged. For that reason alone, I think it's worthy of discussion here. And specifically, I want to give a few ideas on how -- if you have an honoree or award winner -- you can honor their presence or their memory by ensuring the
I came across a few never-posted photos and videos featuring a few school auction themes. I was the fundraising auctioneer at an event that seems perfect to highlight this week, in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day this weekend. The Green Gate Gala is so named because of a green gate found on the Catholic school's campus. The school color is green. The event is held around St. Patrick's Day and boosts the Irish vibe with Irish dancers, shamrocks, and similar thematic elements.
In just a couple of days, flowers -- especially roses -- are going to be delivered to doorsteps and offices all over the USA, brightening the faces of many as they are honored by a beloved for Valentine's Day. Fresh flowers are still a popular centerpiece choice for many auction galas, but if your budget can't swing fresh, then let's look at fake. Two of my clients figured out how to fill their tables with colorful flowers on the cheap. Last fall I worked two auction fundraisers
Last Saturday I worked a school auction in the Washington National Cathedral. The dress code was "Cathedral Dress." Though I've been to the Cathedral many times, I've worn everything from shorts (as a tourist) to a dress (for an organ concert). I wasn't exactly sure what was appropriate to this event, so I asked. I learned that it could be cocktail, but nothing too flashy or bright. Sort of a “business cocktail.” Dress codes are important; you want everyone to be comfortable, and most
Here's a quick tip on how to improve your auction item displays when you're offering a trip in either the silent or live auction. Use a photo book in your display. "Photo book" is the name I give to books (and I use the term "books" loosely) which feature photos of the inside of the property, outside of the property, and activities to do in the area. Think of it as a handmade version of a traditional coffee table picture book. Sometimes these books are a few pieces of paper stapled