Inspiring 2017 Themes for Charity Galas.

Thoughts from Debbie and Ron:  We have been fortunate enough to witness thousands of galas and themes over the last 10 years of our fundraising career.  Each time we walk into the ballroom where the event is taking place, our breath is taken away with all the details and love given to make it a special night for everyone in attendance.    












What are the popular themes going to be in 2017?  Here are some trendy themes to think about for your next non-profit gala.

1.  Men Cooking

Why not get the men in your community involved by cooking up a storm and sharing their signature dishes. This is for the casual event, but a popular idea.  Each guest will be expected to vote at the end of the meal for their favorite dishes.  The winning chefs are awarded a trophy for their hard work, but more importantly, bragging rights for the year.

2.  Kentucky  Derby Party

Most people like to watch and bet on the most exciting horse race of the year, the Kentucky Derby. Women love to show off their colorful hats and dresses, and the men are thrilled to accompany their date to the greatest fundraising event of the year.

3. Dancing With The Stars

Have an active group that enjoys boogieing? This is a sure way to get community involvement by asking local celebrities to be the guest dancing stars.  Local dance instructors will be knocking on your door to donate their time for the event.   Let the dancing begin while making money for your non-profit organization.

4. Black and White Gala

A Black and White theme is always a glamorous choice.   Black and white table arrangements and decorations will make any venue look elegant.                          

5. Mardi Gras, New Orleans Style

Mardi Gras, New Orleans style, is still a very popular theme. The colorful colors of purple, green and gold will decorate your party room for a memorable and festive occasion. Mardi Gras brings positive, festive memories to all ages, young and old.

6. Celebrity Sighting

Having a celebrity scheduled to come to your event will boost ticket sales immediately. Having a private meet and greet for VIP donors will be an incentive for those members.  It could be a local celebrity or sports star that everyone loves.

7. Wine Tasting

Getting local businesses to donate bottles of wines and their expertise for the evening is a win-win situation.  Forming partnerships with local businesses is certainly a great opportunity for the community as well as the organization.

8. Christmas Giving Gala

Christmas time is a popular time for sharing and giving, so why not make your gala exactly what the season is all about. Who wouldn’t want a picture taken with Santa while supporting a great cause?

9. Sound of Music 

Have a local theater group who would love to have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience each year?   A community theater would be a quaint place to have your non-profit  venue.  Each year a new musical (your theme) would be performed to keep your attendees entertained while supporting a great cause.

10.  All That Jazz

The roaring 20’s is a fantastic theme to plan for any fundraising event.  Have a vintage car?  Use it as the backdrop for photos for each couple arriving at the event. This theme will have your audience dancing all night long to the music of jazz.

11.  Sports Gala

Always a great way to attract guests and raise money for your cause, the sports gala dinner can be planned around certain sporting events or can simply be decorated with athletics in mind. Simply choose your favorite local team or activity and decorate it with the team colors.

12. Other popular themes:

Masquerade Gala

Casino Night

Sock Hops

Western Roundups


What are you looking to improve at your 2016 fundraising event?   We know how hard the volunteers and committee members work each year to make sure it is a profitable, memorable event. If you need our help, contact us today.

With Respect For What You Do,

Debbie and Ron

Impact Auctions


Ron and Debbie Hitzel

Impact Auctions


Charlotte, North Carolina


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