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April 2013

EVENT TIP: HOW TO ELEVATE YOUR AUCTIONS!

Posted on: April 16th, 2013 by Sam Foxman

When a silent auction is done right, it can be a great asset to your fundraising event and bring people back every year.  However, it can be easy to fall into silent auction overkill!  It may seem crazy to turn down free items that could potentially bring in a profit, but are the items really that compelling?

Once you determine the right amount and caliber of auction items for your attendees, try presenting them in a more exciting way.  Instead of placing items on a table, you could have roaming volunteers showcase them like Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation did for its Wine, Women and Shoes event (BELOW).

Fund a Need’s are becoming a very popular way to raise money at an event without having people bid against each other for an item.  We recently had a client who was doing a Fund a Need, but wanted it to be less formal and more fun.  We came up with a concept that allowed guests to visualize their donation by creating an interactive piece of art where every time a donation was made, a section of the piece was painted by local artist (BELOW).

Water Gala recently took a similar approach by giving donors helium-filled balloons that they then released into a net inside the venue.  These are both modern day approaches to the old “fill up the goal thermometer” way of showing donations.

If you are interested in brainstorming a creative upgrade for your auction or Fund a Need, please contact info@evntiv.net

TOP 5 COMEDIANS FOR CORPORATE EVENTS

Posted on: April 16th, 2013 by Sam Foxman

 

 

Jay Leno: Jay Leno has been the host of the Emmy-award winning The Tonight Show since 1992 and is known as the “nicest and hardest working man in show business.”

Brian Regan: Brian Regan is one of the premier comedians in the country.   Between numerous appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Conan O’Brien” and two critically acclaimed Comedy Central specials, Bryan sets a standard for excellence that others constantly try to follow.

Four Day Weekend Improv Troupe:  Four Day Weekend is a fun, interactive way to entertain your audience with humor and interactivity through the use of an improv comedy troupe.

Jim Gaffigan: Jim Gaffigan’s cutting edge style has earned him many appearances on late night television along with being named “Salesman of the Year” in 1999 by Business Week.

Dana Carvey: Dana Carvey has received widespread praise for his uncanny comedic impersonations and has received a total of six Emmy nominations.

FOR BOOKING INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE COMEDIANS, PLEASE CONTACT KEVIN SMITH 314.615.6554 OR ksmith@evntiv.net