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How to Conduct a Virtual Gala at Home

Comprehensive guide to planning and executing a Virtual Gala at Home when COVID-19 social distancing restrictions are in full force.

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Wen the first wave of COVID-19 cancellations hit in March 2020, The Gala Team was caught completely off guard -- just like everyone else.

But we immediately understood that these cancellations were devastating to our nonprofit partners. Their annual galas are important planks in their fundraising effort, and cancelling the event put their mission in jeopardy.

As we looked ahead at all the upcoming events on the calendar, we wondered, "What are all of these nonprofits doing to do?"

We realized that we were their fundraising partner, so it was our responsibility to find a solution for them.

So on March 13, 2020, we created "The {Virtual} Gala Team", and we immediately started wrestling with the idea of executing a virtual gala with the then-inconceivable requirement that EVERY participant would need to be in his or her own home, broadcasting from his or her own computer.

What?

That sounded impossible.

But impossible wasn't one of the options we considered. We focused on what "could" be done.

We teamed up with a few brave nonprofits and walked hand-in-hand into the {virtual} wilderness.

And we were all delighted to discover that a virtual gala at home does work! People do tune in for it! You will raise the money you need!


Every event we did taught us lessons that we applied to each subsequent event.

Now, we've created this course so you can lead your organization on this same journey and successfully plan and execute a virtual gala that will fund your mission.


Your Instructor


Reggie Rivers
Reggie Rivers

Reggie Rivers is a former NFL running back who played six seasons with the Denver Broncos (1991-1996).

After his NFL career, Reggie worked as a corporate motivational speaker, was a media personality on radio, television and newpaper, went back to school to get a Master's Degree in Global Studies, authored six books and became a benefit auctioneer.

Of all the things he did, benefit auctioneering stood out from the rest. Reggie says, "I feel blessed to have stumbled into my true purpose in life. As a benefit auctioneer, I get to make a difference in my community -- one event at a time."

Reggie recruited other auctioneers, trained gala consultants, and launched "The Gala Team" which has helped hundreds of nonprofits raise tens of millions of dollars.

When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Reggie and his team quickly pivoted to virtual galas.

Now The Gala Team is helping nonprofits all over the United States connect with their donors and continue to raise money despite severe social distancing restrictions.


Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
It's available now, and it never ends! This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does forever sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How long does it take to complete the course?
If you just want to acquire the knowledge, then you can read and watch the entire course material in just a few hours. However, we've designed this course to help you plan and execute a Virtual Gala at Home, so you will probably refer back to it repeatedly over a 4- to 6-weeks it takes to prepare for your virtual gala.
Do I need a lot of technical knowledge to take this course?
No, you do not need much technical knowledge to take this course. However, to execute some of these strategies, you or someone on your team will need a Zoom account, admin access to your nonprofit's Facebook page, and the ability to create/edit powerpoint slides.
What downloadable resources does the course include?
This course will provide a ton of downloadable tools to help you execute your virtual gala. The downloadables include a script template, a roles and responsibilities roster, powerpoint templates, meeting agendas, checklists and much more.

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