In 2017, organizations will be more creative in how they host their annual galas and fundraising events. Donors are tired of the same style of event for every fundraiser they attend. Stand out from the crowd in 2017 by hosting a theatre style fundraiser.
At a theatre style fundraiser there is no formal dinner because there are no tables to sit down and eat. Instead, guests are treated to a long cocktail hour with heavy h'orderves. Guests stroll around the room, eating h'orderves, interacting with each other, and reading posters and materials about the organization. After the cocktail hour, guests are then invited to enter into a room with theatre style seating where the live auction will take place.
Organizations will host events with theatre seating because it is completely different from the other fundraisers that will be hosted in 2017. Theatre seating also keeps the audience captive and engaged. Everyone is facing the same way and the sightlines are great. With theatre seating all guests can see the on stage speakers and any videos you may show during the event.
Additionally, your program will be shorter if you adopt theatre seating. Everyone in the room is paying attention to the stage and they are not distracted with side conversations that you may see when the auction is held during a sit-down dinner. It also saves the organization money as you will not have the expense of dinner tables, chairs, linens, and centerpieces.
And last, a theatre styled fundraiser changes the energy of the room. If your past events have not been successful because of chatter amongst guests during your speakers or your videos, you may want to consider holding your 2017 fundraiser in a theatre style.
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