A detailed list of 6 large scale events that hospitals or corporate foundations use as a primary fundraising activity consists of: Two x Two for AIDS and Art event, Dining by Design, Leukemia Ball, Best Buddies Miami Gala, Home in Ohio and UNICEF's Hope Gala. This write up includes detailed information per each event. We have included information such as the money raised for the event, the theme, features of the design and decorations and the place where they were held. For some events, depending on the available sources, we have added additional information such as any performance or activity which characterized the event from the others.
Since one particular source contained all the photos for each event, we have added the link for the photos at the end of each event's summary.
TWO X TWO FOR AIDS AND ART 2016
Two x Two for Aids and Art event of 2017 raised over $7.3 million, while to date Two x Two has raised over $75 million in support of amfAR’s essential AIDS research and the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art.
According to Todd Team, the design used for the Two x Two event of the year 2016 was innovative, creative and based on a certain color. The tent used for the event was 90 feet in diameter. The theme of this year's event reflected black, by using mirror and white. The idea was to do more of a refined design, which was something different and refreshing. The white-and-mirror look was supplemented by hints of muted purples which were present in the floral design, tabletop accents, and lighting. The main features in the tent were the stage and the ceiling. The stage was characterized by a mirror proscenium and Mylar curtains, while the ceiling was a white balloon cloud sculpture. Round tables were all dressed in white with a collection of clear glass bubble bowls with floral details. The decor of the tabletops gave the room a sleek and modern design. Also, mirrored rectangular tables were designed with a collection of glass vases with orchids, Lucite candlesticks with taper candles, and amethyst gem details. A major part of the overall design was the lighting, which projected effervescent bubbles on the exterior of the tent while the interior included bubbles and abstract lighting in white, lavender, and smoky gray tones.
DIFFA: DINING BY DESIGN
The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS event Dining by Design, is held annually in March. This event is created in support of their mission to raise funds for HIV/AIDS prevention, education and direct care. Since it was their 19th Annual DINING BY DESIGN, the event lasted 4 days and the design used for this event was an exceptional one. This 4-day event hosted 45,000 people throughout the week. This year’s event raised nearly $800,000 toward DIFFA’s grant-making efforts. According to this article, each table sponsor transformed a raw space into a dining display by featuring vibrant colors, their latest products, and a variety of themes. This event was held in New York.
Leukemia Ball 2016
The Leukemia Ball is organized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and it reigns as one of the largest events of Greater Washington, D.C. This event brings together business, philanthropic and community leaders in fighting blood cancer. As such, this event aims to raise funds for life-saving cancer research and patient programs provided by LLS. Usually, this event is attended by over 2000 guests. This year's event was held in Walter E. Washington Convention Center and raised $3.2 million.
According to this article, Hargrove Inc., Urban Petals and PRG, which were in charge of design, transformed the place into an elegant, rainbow garden-like atmosphere. Also, this event featured a world-class auction with travel packages, unique experience packages, sports and movies memorabilia, jewelry and more.
Best BUDDIES MIAMI GALA
In November 2016, Best Buddies International held their 20th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala event. The theme of this year was "Rock Legends" and celebrated the contributions of Best Buddies’most influential supporters who have worked to advance the organization’s mission for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event was held at the Ice Palace Studios in Wynwood, Florida. This year's event raised $2.5 million in total donations for Best Buddies International.
Along with a gourmet dinner, the event included a fabulous cocktail hour, a unique live and silent auctions, and a live performance by pop-star Kesha. This event was attended by 800 guests.
Home In Ohio Fundraising Event
This event was held in Signature Flight Hangar, Columbus. This event raised over $1 million in support of their mission to improve the health and wellness of the region. According to this article, the theme of this event was Home in Ohio and depicted a place where everyone is welcomed and felt comfortable. The idea was to transform an empty airplane hangar into a warm, rustic and comforting home which would fuse Ohio Health's brand into a welcoming vibe for the evening. The design used for this event highlighted Ohio Health's impressive history.
Having that in mind, they fabricated a wall which was built on-site with reclaimed Ohio barn wood and incorporated print and digital pieces. The lounge spaces were decorated with artwork created by local artisans, home accents native to the region, and photographs of their neighborhoods. Since the intent was to make everyone feel at home, the designers carefully selected pieces which complimented the guests' nature. For example, they replaced a basic photo booth with a floral frame art installation. In order to ensure participation, they designed custom elements throughout the space to engage the guests. An example is the Caring Tree installment. The idea was to print out cards that asked questions like "why is Ohio Health home to you?" Guests filled out the cards and after the event, the tree was planted on the Ohio Health campus as a living symbol of its roots, growth and wellness.
UNICEF's Hope Gala 2016
This year's event was the ninth annual UNICEF's Hope Gala which was held at the Geraghty. The event raised over $1 million, which benefited UNICEF’s programs in more than 190 countries and territories. The theme for this event was IMAGINE. In this way, the event celebrated youth and playfulness. During the evening, guests were treated to incredible performances from acrobats that performed throughout the cocktail area and the vocal stylings of Vanessa Williams. Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner and were asked to imagine a time when no child dies of a cause that we can prevent.
In conclusion, the list of six large scale events is composed of events such as Two x Two for AIDS and Art event, Dining by Design, Leukemia Ball, Best Buddies Miami Gala, Home in Ohio and UNICEF's Hope Gala. Except for the Dining in Design event, all the other events raised over $1,000.000 in support of their specific mission and objectives. Each event used different themes and designs, thus making each event different from each other. All events listed were held in the United States.