Kiss a Pig!

Well... we went to "Kiss a Pig" in Arkansas with our Trips of a Lifetime Super Silent Auction! All the net proceeds went to support the American Diabetes Association of Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas’ finest community leaders competed for the chance to kiss a pig to recognize it for producing the first source of insulin for people with diabetes. In return, the top fundraiser earned the privilege of kissing the pig at the gala to show appreciation for the animal’s heroic role in diabetes research as the first source of insulin. Ranked as the largest charity gala in the state of Arkansas and nationwide for the American Diabetes Association, they proudly unveil the 16th annual Kiss a Pig Gala

Gather for Good

Our Trips of a Lifetime silent auction was spotted in Wisconsin supporting the 26th annual Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's "Gather for Good" Event. This year's raised more than $50,000 for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin! The Hospital is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. In Milwaukee and throughout the state, they provide kids and their families a wide range of care and support - everything from routine care for ear aches or sore throats to life saving advances and treatment options. Their academic partner, The Medical College of Wisconsin, brings many of the nation's most well-respected doctors to our team. Toget

Master Chef Celebration

Who is that I see? The newest member of our Development Team, Michelle supporting the Adaptive Sports Foundation Master Chef Celebration with our Trips of a Lifetime Silent Auction. Adaptive Sports Foundation provides profound and life changing experiences for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses through outdoor physical activity, education, support and community. ASF students are five years of age and older and live with disabilities ranging from relatively mild learning disabilities to more severe disabilities such as paralysis, autism, amputation, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. Founded in 1984, the Foundation’s work promotes physic

Celebrity Golf Classic

Smile! You're on candid camera Kalley! Kalley, one of our Senior Development Directors photographed supporting the 19th Annual Derrick Brooks Charities Celebrity Classic golf tournament. The Derrick Brooks Celebrity Classic is the main annual fundraiser for Derrick Brooks Charities. The very first event was hosted at Rogers Park Golf Course in April of 2000 – and this year marked their 19th year! It was a two day event that includes a Celebrity Pairings Party on Sunday evening and a Celebrity Golf Tournament on Monday morning with a full breakfast and awards luncheon. Derrick Brooks Charities flies professional athletes and celebrities into Tampa to participate in the event and invites high

The Highest Bid Wins

Find out how the "Buy It Now" option could be detrimental to maximizing your fundraising efforts at your next special event in our latest blog.

The Highest Bid Wins: The cons of the “Buy it Now” Option

A good silent auction will keep your guests engaged throughout the event. The idea is to get your guests into the habit of participating in the auction. Remember, your message should always be this: the highest bid wins! When you offer a “Buy it Now” option on your auction bid sheets, you minimize the amount of participation that your guests will have with your silent auction. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the other negative impacts that the “Buy it Now” option can have on your event. Setting a limit on your items is never a good idea. Unfortunately, this is exactly what the “Buy it Now” option will accomplish. Your bidders will only bid up to a certain number that you set

501(c)3's Unite!

Over the last several months our Development team collected hygiene items to be donated to an incredible organization called Hope Thru Soap. This organization was one of the selected winning organizations of our AmFund Gives 2018 campaign. One of our team members, Morgan, recently had the pleasure of meeting with a few members of their team and seeing what a weekend event looks like from their perspective. There was a busload of people who came for haircuts, showers, clean clothes, a hot meal and even Easter activities for children. We cannot put into words how grateful these people were that Hope Thru Soap was there to provide them with small luxuries, like hot water, that many often take f

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