What good is a gala?

When many people think of a gala, they think of lavish dresses and fancy clothes, expensive dishes and tiny serving sizes, a whole lot of gratuitous back-slapping and lots of fake people. They think that the only people who benefit from a gala are the organization and the “important people.”

The thing is that, while this is what it looks like, who really benefits are the many people that the gala is for.
A fundraiser gala, in particular the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala taking place on October 10, 2015, is one that has the opportunity to do a lot of good for many people, from all walks of life.

  • The small business that wants to get more high-end clients can give a gift to auction off at the gala, or might choose to become one of the sponsors of the gala.
  • The company that hosts the gala will support the local economy.
  • The person that volunteers, who perhaps hasn’t been able to get a paying job, is able to get some much-needed work experience and a good reference.

A gala celebrates the dedication and service of others to a common goal – in this case, the goal is to help JB Dondolo achieve its goals of providing education programs to underprivileged youth (in America) and to complete the work on the Igusi hospital (Africa). Through various fund-raising efforts ranging from sponsorship to ticket sales to donations, the organization is able to obtain the funds to achieve their goals.

In October 2015, Equanimity magazine will be holding its first Gala celebration to benefit the JB Dondolo Inc. charity.
“It raises awareness of the charity’s current programs and projects in the local and global community while acknowledging and rewarding individuals and companies for their efforts in the community. Hard work and effort should never go unnoticed or unacknowledged. We want to bring compelling stories to others’ attention and reward those who are telling them,” says organizer Lumbie Mlambo.

The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala honors individuals through awards in various categories including media partners, social media players, lifetime achievement, humanitarian, champions, best story told, most liked storyteller (writer), and more.

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Some of the celebrities who have already agreed to be part of our celebration include CNN News Editor Joel Sutton, Pavlina Osta from the Huffington Post, long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte, celebrity wedding planner Donnie Brown, American country singer Mickey Gilley, Chithra Kannan and actress and singer Gloria Loring.
For more information about the gala, and how you might become a sponsor, visit the webpage below.
http://www.equanimitymag.com/awardsbenefitgala.aspx

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28 thoughts on “What good is a gala?”

  1. Being an introvert, I tend to stay away from large events like galas. However, they do hold GREAT networking potential as well as the ability to create visibility for your business.

    Best of luck with the event!

    1. Absolutely Cathy! It’s a great place to network and connect with like-minded individuals! I look forward to celebrating and connecting as well. Thank you!

  2. Sounds like an amazing event! Best wishes to you for a great turnout and of course, contributions to your nonprofit. Hopefully you get to wear a pretty dress, too 😉

  3. You raise a good point that there are many side benefits to hosting a gala. I know I’ve become aware of organizations I wasn’t familiar with until I heard that friends attended their gala. Good way to promote an organization too!

  4. Galas aren’t something I’ve ever thought about, so enjoyed reading this post. In the UK we likely call it something else.

    1. Awesome! Would you like to participate in some way? There are many ways to participate without being there. Like tweeting about the event, spreading the word, advertising in our event program book, etc. Let me know if you would like to participate in some way.

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

    1. Yes, Stacey! It will be an amazing event! Would you like to participate in some way? There are many ways to participate without being there. Like tweeting about the event, spreading the word, advertising in our even program book, etc. Let me know if you would like to participate in some way.

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

    1. Yes, you’re very correct on that Lorii! Often times the hardship is in how we fulfill our mission to deliver what we promise. There’s also this thing of trust., i.e. does the money raised go to where you say it will go? Can I trust you? etc. We need to build good reputations by redefining or restating what we already know to be true.

      Thank you so much for your comment!

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