Celebrity, The Effect Of Group Buying On Fundraising and What I Wore
Last night was Motionball: Decadence Gala, a charity gala in support of Special Olympics Canada. It was my first time and also their 10 year Anniversary party. We arrived early for the VIP dinner, where Matt Dusk held an intimate performance and got the whole crowd involved.
It was a great event with an impressive auction. The one thing that stood out to me though was that I didn’t bid on anything — and not from a lack of amazing options. Quite the contrary. In fact, it hit me that in my history of silent auctions, I’ve always found myself bidding on the dinners, trips, and spa packages because I’d get a decent deal without the guilt. However, I had just purchased two swedish massages a day earlier from Team Buy for only $50 — a far better deal than anything on an auction table. Terrible way of thinking, I know…
Group buying has ruined auctions for me and the money raised through silent auctions tend to be the bread and butter of fundraising at these sorts of events. This presents an interesting opportunity for charities to get more creative in their fundraising efforts and it will be interesting to see how/if this impacts fundraising initiatives in the future.
Yup. That’s what goes through my head while at an open bar event with wonderful company and food, how social technology is affecting the way we do things IRL. #facepalm
Anyhow, thanks to my office husband Andrew Stewart, through BBM we picked out my vintage puffy-shoulder dress and an up-do for the event. Forgot my camera, but love the rockstar quality of my BB Curve 8900′s pictures so I’m not apologizing for the grainy quality here, kids.
And I even got to meet Matt Dusk after he made the crowd #swoon from his performance. As you can tell, he’s uber down-to-earth and funny.
It was a great night!
HUGE thank you to Notable TV, Canada’s leading website for young professionals, who gave us the tickets. The site has also found a new home at notable.ca and will be publicly launching soon. For now, you need to check out the site and request access.
Check it out and let me know your thoughts.