Almost any space can work for a gala auction, though you might need to make some adjustments. The more unusual charity auction venues have the added advantage of attracting guests to your event. This corporate airplane hangar had some advantages and disadvantages, which you'll hear in the video. Watch the video below.
Saying thank you is a life lesson. Moms teach kids to say thank you before they can walk. Friendships develop over a thoughtful note and business relationships are made from a good thank yous. Everyone appreciates some appreciation, so my advice to auction committees is to give it to them. Don’t overthink the task. Grab a pen, the phone, the keyboard ... or even a video camera and just say thanks. Here’s my example of taking a moment to pause and let someone know their actions were
If you're ready to change the feel of your auction, holding the event in a tent might do the trick. They have an almost romantic feel to them! Tents can be set up almost anywhere. I've worked inside tents set up in a backyard, a pasture, and the grounds of a museum. As explained in the video, tents are nice ... but they do present special challenges as a venue. Watch the video for details.
A Lexington, KY charity had a beautiful custom pink motorcycle donated to their gala. The bike was autographed by many western singers so it was truly a one-of-a-kind item. It could have sold for thousands of dollars ... had it not been stolen from their offices in the days leading up to the gala. In this video, learn about the four common types of insurance for charity auction events. Watch the video below.
If you're trying to find new auction sponsors by studying the auction catalogs from the charity gala down the street, think again. Those sponsors have likely been asked again and again to donate. They've already likely aligned themselves with favored nonprofits. What are the chances they'll switch horses mid-stream and give you the big money? Wouldn't it be easier to align with a fast-growing company that hasn't yet been asked 1,000 times to donate? In this video, I share a rich source of