Exclusive Luncheon Experience & Silent Auction: A Win-Win for Organizations in the Time of COVID

On October 30th, the Norfolk SPCA held is exclusive — yet cute and cuddlyWitches and Whiskers event to raise money to cover the costs of houses homeless animals, spay and neuter services, and special programming to help senior animals. The luncheon and silent auction held at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club was attended by a limited number of people this year to account for social distancing.

Despite COVID restriction, the event raised a record amount in its five year history. The luncheon and silent auction raised over $50,000 for its shelters due to a strategic revamp, allowing more business and individuals to be involved.

A Creative, Strategic Revamp

The Norfolk SPCA leaned into its purpose by having a variety of animals in attendance and incorporated a presentation with striking statistics, visuals, and video that illustrated their recent successes, needs, and overall purpose of the organization to explain to donors how their generous donation would be used by the organization.

The event also included a wine raffle, an animal-created art piece for auction, and various levels of giving. Having a range of giving levels at an exclusive event allowed for more people to be engaged in the fundraising process, ultimately boosting the profits from the event. SST as a business was engaged as a Table Sponsor and helped with the design and creation of marketing materials for the auction that included basket themes, informational flyers, and more.

According to SST Staff, this was the most successful event they have attended with COVID precautions. Congratulations to the Norfolk SPCA for putting together such a successful event!

By leaning into your organization’s strengths, creatively engaging with your purpose and audience, a fundraising event with COVID limitations in no way means your goals should be limited too.

SST can help strategize for events held with COVID precautions and navigate around cancelled in 2021.

Let us help you accomplish (or even surpass!) your fundraising goals in a different venue or form in 2021!

The SST Team wore masks for the event until at their own table for lunch.

For more guidance on creative fundraising in the COVID-Era, please call our office at 757-536-9937 or reach out to Strategic Solutions by Tricia, LLC via Facebook, or at www.ssbytricia.com.

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