A couple of years ago I spoke at an event in St. Louis and talked with the Silver Rails Event Center in La Plata, MO. It's a railroad-themed inn and railroad museum (based on an 1800s railroad depot), located on the historic Wabash line. I've written before about unusual venues for benefit auctions. As the event coordinator told me about her railroad-inspired space, it brought to mind another story. Here's a penny-pinching, common-sense suggestion ... If you want guests to walk into a themed
Occasionally my clients will ask me about interesting places to hold a fundraiser. I just read about one cool place in Blue Bell, PA (25 miles west of Philadelphia in Montgomery County). I've not yet visited the venue, but reading about it made me want to jump in the car and race north on I-95. Normandy Farm Hotel has two ballrooms, though neither sound particularly large. I think it would work for small benefit auctions as an intriguing venue. (If you've held an auction in the space, please
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.
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.
Red Apple Auctions has conducted four charity auctions this month. Three of the auction venues were scheduled to be tents. Two galas stuck to the schedule and held them in the tents. In one case, the rain poured. In another, the rain cleared. (See video below.) One gala moved to an alternate location (an airport hangar), just in case. In the fall and spring, tents are a popular venue choice. They allow people to be outside and enjoy the weather. They lend a dreamy feel to the