I have had the privilege of attending and working with thousands of auction dinners throughout North America for over 20 years. Some had several thousand attendees, while others only had fifty or so. The articles that follow are meant to give an overview of how successful auction dinners are conceived, planned and managed.
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7. Quality Prizes
When you are developing your event’s budget, make sure you include money for the purchase of quality prizes. The amount you need depends on how many people attend you event and how many donated prizes you can collect. A word of caution… be selective on the types of prizes you accept. This may sound like poor advice, but inappropriate prizes lower the quality of your good prizes. People WILL judge your event by the type of prizes you offer.
8. Main Prize
As mentioned above, quality prizes are needed to hold a successful event. The main prize should be a “SHOW STOPPER”. It something you can advertise and promote. A great major prize will help your ticket sellers sell tickets. It will give them something to talk about. It will give your event that extra “oomph” that people will talk about. It will become the “WOW” factor that creates a desire for people to attend your event.
(To be continued)