Archive for May, 2007
Catholic Charities Denver
You can call it by different names but a fundraiser gala has an elegant ring to it, doesn’t it?
But in essence you can hold a fundraiser gala for just about any cause or purpose you believe in. It just takes a little more planning than a typical fundraising dinner. Just calling it a gala gives people the expectation that they are attending a special event.
When you think of a fundraiser gala, you might think of this, which was in Sun Herald on March 5, 2006:
Tickets are now available for Walter Anderson Museum of Art’s Gala XVI spring fundraiser on April 7 at the museum in Ocean Springs. The annual event will celebrate the resilience of the community, the artists and the museum, which opened in spring 1991 and is beginning its 15th year of operation.
Or you might imagine this published in the Denver Post on March 16, 2006:
For its biggest fundraiser of the year, Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs holds a gala on the feast of St. Patrick. There’s never much need to discuss the menu. St. Patrick’s Day without corned beef and cabbage is like Thanksgiving without turkey.
The point is that when you add the word gala to the word fundraiser people expect to attend a very special event that is supporting a wonderful cause. So, before planning your next fundraising event take stock of your organization and why it is raising money. Is it a cause many people relate to? Are there people well known in your community that share a passion for your cause? Can you get them to attend your event as celebrity guests? Can you put together an informative yet entertaining program about your fundraising cause?
If you can answer yes to those questions you may be the right kind of group to hold a fundraiser gala. It just takes a little imagination to turn a fundraising dinner that will generate some decent fundraising proceeds into a large scale fundraiser gala that can raise much, much more money for your group. You decide which way to go.
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By Howard Gottlieb
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver
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Give your tenants a rent due date and stick to it. Get EVERYTHING IN WRITING.
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Ashok Mahindru, Chairman, Advance Group of Companies
age 56, is a successful technocrat and entrepreneur with diversified business interests in India and abroad. As Chairman & Managing Director of the Advance Group, with its core business activity of Manufacturing of Surfactants & consulting in Environment Management, Ashok Mahindru enjoys an extremely good reputation. Advance Group is the largest Surfactant manufacturer in whole of Asia and progressing towards being the largest in the world.
Ashok Mahindru is a qualified Surfactant Technologist and has specialized in the field of Surface Active Chemistry with a strong commitment to Research & Development. He has been directly responsible for achieving sixteen breakthroughs in the process technology for manufacture of Surfactants, five out of which are innovation grade. The Gas Route Sulphonation Technology developed by Ashok Mahindru has been rated as the best in the world so far.
Ashok Mahindru had been associated with various industry forums such as Detergent Manufacturers Association of Delhi Region, Haryana Soap Manufacturers Association. He is currently President of All India Federation of Detergent Manufacturers and Member, Executive Committee of Oil Technologists’ Association of India (OTAI – NZ).
Ashok Mahindru is a widely traveled person. He has attended several international seminars and conferences all over the world. He has presented technical papers on Surfactant Industry at various international seminars in India and abroad such as:
• Malaysia Oil Technologists Association
• American Oil Chemists Society
• OTAI (Oil Technologists Association of India)
• IIChE (Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers)
• SCODET ASIA, Bombay 2000
• ICSL (Institute of Chartered Accounts of Sri Lanka)
As Chairman of Mahindru Charitable Trust, engaged specially in the field of providing Eye Care including Eye Bank and Cornea transplant unit etc., Mr. Ashok Mahindru, through Mahindru Charitable Trust, is involved with community services projects operating at grass root level through Arya Veer Netra Chikitsaalaya and Niramaya Charitable Trust. Ashok Mahindru is the Vice President of the Indian Eye Banks Association.
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