DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
From friends, family, people who took our survey, so many people loved Reggie. He was just calm and kept things flowing, and even when we were getting trouble getting the total and everything, he and Chris just chatted, and it was fine. I just got so much good feedback on Reggie, how calm he was, how interesting he was. It takes a special personaliIty to keep people interested online for a long amount of time.
Hosting a first time virtual event was frightening but with support, best practices, and encouragement from the Gala Team, we felt empowered to take the step and move forward in our virtual event and we are happy we did!
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Kenzie was instrumental .... Thank you, Kenzie, we are smart enough to know we need to always listen to you. Reggie, of course, is worth every penny we pay! His ability to engage the crowd bringing heart and care is without a doubt creates the "magic" of a successful event.
Kenzie and Debbie are gems. They are both super knowledgeable and had great advice in regards to fundraising best practices and run of show.
The entire The Gala Team did a great job of presenting a clear understanding of the process before the event and an even better job during the broadcast.
SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR
Kenzie and Reggie were AMAZING to work with! Kenzie was quick to respond to our questions and gave us great advice and suggestions on the event and paddle raise. Reggie helped coach our President & Chief Executive Officer during rehearsals before the event.
We had to pivot without much notice and the Gala Team was crucial in helping us pull off a virtual event.
We weren't sure how to pull off a hybrid event this year with COVID-19, but after meeting with the Gala Team and putting together the perfect plan, we were confident and comfortable with all they suggested.
The Gala Team was a critical partner in thinking through a virtual event for the first time.
Wow! We are over the moon with the success of our event. We owe a large part of the success to you. You quickly figured out how to run a virtual event, provided guidance so that our teams could work together and you were willing to troubleshoot any issues we had. We appreciate your expertise and professionalism.
The Gala Team was instrumental several months before our virtual event in providing templates and best practices as everyone was learning how to re-imagine a fundraising event in the virtual world.
Although the virtual world was very new to us, I felt like your team had the confidence that we needed to pull off a great event
When we decided to pivot our annual gala to a virtual format, we looked for good examples and contacted them. The first comment their board member made was, you must higher "The Gala Team" -- and she was exactly right! The time saved not having to learn how to produce & broadcast a PROFESSIONAL live event on Facebook was invaluable.
SENIOR DIRECTOR SPECIAL EVENTS
The last minute addition of Reggie's silent auction item both tied together elements of our program as well as enhanced revenue. So terrific!
Thank you for working with us to make the Virtual Spirit Celebration a big success! You and your team are so much fun to work with. Please pass along my gratitude to Talene & Kenzie. You all showed great professionalism, patience and grace with our team and I'm so glad we were all able to learn from one another.
ADVANCEMENT EVENTS COORDINATOR
We're still riding the Gala "high" and have received such wonderful feedback from our community. Thank you, again, for all you and your team did to contribute to our success.
CHIEF OPERATING OPERATOR
Reggie's on-the-spot recommendations to us and the other hosts on how best to manage the event flow, live appeal, and more were key to making everything go so smoothly.
The gala team was very efficient on preparing us for our first ever virtual gala. They provided their knowledge of best practices on fundraising and their research on what they have found with virtual gala's to make this process easy. They performed beyond my expectation and I would highly recommend their services to anyone.
JJ Raterink was very professional and did a great job with the night of the event. He is very cool and calm and adapted well to last-minute changes and/or to the evolving production tasks we faced with students running our production. We would absolutely use him again.
Thanks to the support of the Gala team and our other partners, we were reassured every step of the way from planning, through production, to post event. Our event was more successful than ever before in several ways - donor reach, audience participation, and total funds raised! We couldn't be happier and are already beginning to brainstorm how to keep virtual elements a part of our fundraising plans moving forward.
Your guidance through the virtual process was very helpful. The script generator and the powerpoint prompts made it so much easier than trying to start from scratch. Going through the practice sessions were very helpful too. Technology issues aside, everything else was seamless because of the prep.
We grossed more $ in this virtual Gala than our traditional Gala. We learned much from going through this process with the Gala team and appreciate the professionalism, patience and calmness that Talene provided during the process. Her skills in streamlining the Powerpoints and running the live show were essential to the success of the event.
GIVING PROGRAM MANAGER
The script and PowerPoint generator was extremely helpful and saved our team so much time rather than needing to put those together from scratch. It was also great knowing that The Gala Team had spent months working on virtual events and had a process laid out and were confident in executing the event in this format.