One of my auctions this past weekend used this silent auction entertainment idea. As the idea is fresh in my mind, it’s a perfect time to give you some pointers on using this concept. They’re called living statues. Also called “human statues,” the idea is that a person stands “frozen” until he receives a donation or otherwise wants to startle a passer-by. At that point, he changes his position. Here’s why I like this form of entertainment ... and some tips on getting the most out of
When your auction entertainment ideas skew to the grand, be careful! Incorporating headline entertainment into a charity auction is an impressive addition, but when you allow your event to become a stage for a top performers, there is a risk. It's possible that your mission and good works will be eclipsed by the entertainment. How do you ensure that doesn't happen? You organize the gala schedule in such a way that it allows you to do mission-related work first. Watch the video for details
There are a number of entertainment options that will work at a gala. Though portrait photography isn't "cutting edge," here's why it ranks so high when it comes to oldie-but-goodie auction fundraiser ideas. Watch the video below.
A group struggled to get guests to move into the ballroom for dinner. To focus their guests' attention, the organization used a flash mob. Guests watched the show (the mob) and followed.Listen to the podcast below.
I've enjoyed watching flash mob videos, especially those in New York City where I'm familiar with the venues. Even just two weeks ago I stumbled across a flash mob on Bondi Beach while researching an Australian trip for a charity auction. But I'd never thought of using the concept to seat guests at the auction gala. In a June 2011 Chronicle of Philanthropy article, gala guests were encouraged to sit down via the incorporation of a flash mob dance routine during the reception. The