Key Features for a Successful Fundraising Event

What it takes to throw a Gala, Auction, Fundraiser, or Alumni Event:


Over the past 20 years, we have developed relationships with many schools and non-profit organizations across New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. We understand how important the yearly fundraising gala is.


Here’s what you’ll need:


Lighting can be the simplest, most effective way to create an immersive environment for guests. There are infinite ways to transform a space with light. These are some of your options:


Uplights are powerful lights, with a huge range of color. They are traditionally placed around the perimeter of a room, creating a glowing effect of the entire space. Color choices for these lights can vary from one to many. They are also used to illuminate standing structures, props, entryways, and many other features and focal points in a room.

Auction Lighting

Lighting for auction items is key for a successful evening. You’ve worked hard all year to source these items, and with so much riding on those bids, you cannot let them go unnoticed. Clean, subtle, and effective options like overhead wash lights and pinspots highlight the allure of every prize and prize table. It helps make sure guests find exactly what they’re looking for.

Custom & Specialty Lighting

Creative lighting is a huge wow factor. GOBO projections use a customizable template, shining light through to project images anywhere in the room. These can be thrown on to walls, dance floors, ceilings and more. Choose from stock patterns and effects or design your own. Lighting effects like this, as well as colorful patterns or laser light displays can be continually layered to add more and more drama. Other options range from simple colored washlights to illuminate the band or dancefloor to high end LED light displays. Find what fits your budget. 


A unique evening is a memorable evening. Make sure this year stands out from the rest. Choose a cohesive theme and decide where your budget is best spent. Where would you like guests to keep their focus? This may depend on the function of the evening. If this is a sit down sort of symposium, or if there will be presentations, perhaps spend more on centerpieces - a great reason for guest to want to stay seated and still engaged, as well as inspired. If the evening has more of a cocktail/grazing vibe, try sourcing larger decor items, or dividing the space into the direction you’d like guests to take. Decide what your goals are for the evening, and come up with a floor plan that can accomplish this. Maybe the flow of the tables, bars, stage, etc. all lead right back to the auction items. Find your focus and the guests will too.

Centerpieces & Table Top Decor

From elegant and simple to intricate layering, centerpieces keep the theme in mind all throughout the night. They are points of discussion that immerse guests into the evening and always entertaining. Don’t forget accent items for your bars, food stations, and auction tables. These can be informative or decorative, large or small.

Large Props & Installations

Depending on the event space, you may decide to utilize larger decor or props to build your environment. This can be very effective. Things like ceiling treatments and installations are impressive, one-of-a-kind and site specific. Sculptural elements are also great focal points and keep the theme. Will there be a stage set up at the event? How can you draw more attention to it? Even if you do not have a physical stage in the space, you can create the illusion by flanking the area both left and right with something eye catching. Bar rentals are smart, sophisticated and can be custom features at your event as well.

Drape & Dividing a Large Space

Take a good look at your event space. How can it improve? Where will the focus be for the evening? Smart options like temporary drape walls and other structures can reinvent a room, hide unsightly features, and section off areas or create new ones. This is a great idea for behind a stage or podium. Backdrops do this as well and there are many options for drape in all colors, sizes, textures, and heights that can reinforce your theme easily. If you want guests to really hang out, look into renting some simple furniture and coffee tables, positioned correctly, it’s an instant lounge area. 

Don’t forget its called FUNdraising for a reason. The event is not just about supporting your cause, it’s about celebrating you and your team, and those that continue to support the efforts of your organization. Make sure your event is one guests will return to every year, eager for more. With good intentions come great things. Don’t forget that non-profits are about helping others, and ask for help when you need it.

Feel free to reach out about your event to: or call at us (908)735-9870 for more information.

We provide all of the services listed above and are happy to offer donation based discounts to non-profit-organizations

Ceremonial Rentals: Grand Openings & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Rentals

We have a great collection of rental items for New Jersey store openings and other business celebrations. Here's a few samples from our inventory. If there's anything you don't see please contact us!

Ribbon Cutting Scissor Rentals

25" red and gold ceremonial ribbon-cutting scissors

25" red and gold ceremonial ribbon-cutting scissors

Our ribbon cutting scissors are perfect for grand openings and re-openings. At 25" long, they're perfect for photo ops. We can also supply red ribbon or you can provide your own.

Red Carpet Rentals

25' long x 4' wide red carpet with chrome stanchions and red velvet ropes

25' long x 4' wide red carpet with chrome stanchions and red velvet ropes

Our plush red carpets come in 25' x 4' long sections. We also offer custom sized red carpets (for purchase only). Please contact us to discuss pricing for custom sizes.

Our chrome stanchions and red velvet ropes are the perfect complement to the red carpet rental. Please email us for pricing and availability.

Here's a custom red carpet we provided for the James A. Michener Art Museum. The goal was to create an entry accent that was reusable each year, and that stores in manageable pieces. The carpet add lots of color to the entry, even on a cloudy day.

Custom red carpet for James A. Michener Art Museum

Custom red carpet for James A. Michener Art Museum

Other Grand Opening Rentals

We also offer Step and Repeat printing and installation, as well as backdrop rentals in all sizes. Our freestanding pipe and base system allows for quick setup and takedown, and you can purchase a custom step and repeat banner to use for future events.

If you're hosting an evening celebration, please ask us about event lighting. We can add lots of color to interior and exterior spaces to reinforcing your branding, and we also offer custom logo light projections.

If there's anything else you're looking for for your upcoming ceremony, please email us at or call our office at 908-735-9870.