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The Hope Gala since 2008
Prior to 2008, fundraising staff and volunteers handled all aspects of registration, auction management, check-out and so forth. It was a challenge for the organization to handle logistics while also tending to its more than 400 guests. Switching to AES offered a seamless registration process, enabled fundraising staff to focus on guest relations and eased the close-out of the 75-item silent auction, live auction and special appeal. Throughout the years, the organization has also appreciated its assigned event manager’s willingness to help them make decisions regarding new ways to manage the event. For example, a few years back, AES recommended managing the special appeal like the live auction — with the raise of a paddle. Prior to that, guests completed a card and made their donations privately. Since making this switch, our client has raised significantly more money in its special appeal.
Chief Development Officer Valerie Chilewski consistently receives positive comments from her guests about AES’s process, professionalism and technology and offers high praise. “AES’s team before, during and after the event is top-notch, well-trained and skilled in guest relations. We can’t imagine doing our Hope Gala without them.”
Package type: Mobile Bidding as guests report that the tablets are fun and they like the ability to bid while at their table. The event’s silent auction grew to 150 items in 2016 and many guests are only able to view all the items on the bidding tablets versus perusing the whole auction area.
“This was the fourth year that AES assisted us in putting on our FAST Gala. Our AES event expert has offered us guidance each year that helped us grow our fundraising from $40K to over $4M, all the while respecting the unique character of the Angleman community. He has been the ultimate professional in interfacing with the event coordinators and the technology personnel at our venue. He also was available basically 24/7 in the days leading up to the event to answer any and all questions. His efforts are deeply appreciated. We have seen how AES makes this process easier every year and eagerly anticipate the improvements you have in store for us. We are grateful that we chose your company to guide us down this path. Thanks for everything!”
Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST)