This was a question at our recent Executive Roundtable for non-profit organizations. With personal budgets being strained it’s becoming more and more difficult to charge $250 or so for a seat at a formal gala and fill the room.
We’re now seeing some organizations turning to more casual events such as cocktail hours. Carving stations and passed hors d’oeuvres replace sit down dinners, providing people more time to mingle, keep an eye on the silent auction bids, enjoy dancing and leave whenever they choose. The ticket price is less but you are also able to fit more people in the room. Sponsorships and corporate tables are still available as additional revenue sources. You can also have fun themes, such as comedy, to further differentiate the event and make it more memorable.
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