Nonprofit and Silent Auction Events

We are proud to partner with so many amazing organizations all across the country. See our events below!

Your Fall Event Study Guide

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Your Fall Event “Study Guide”

The 2016-2017 school year came fast, and so will your fall fundraiser! The Gesture team has prepared a fall event study guide to help you remember everything you’ll need to bump your fundraising grade from an “A” to an “A+!”

Fall Event Study Guide - 3 Months Out

□ Pick a venue

□ Determine seating/table availability and sponsorship opportunities

□ Pick a menu that caters to all of your guests needs – note allergies, vegetarians, etc.

□ Prepare program agenda for event

□ Create an appeal video to show your guests how their donations will make a difference – reserve AV equipment as needed

□ Finalize your auction items and have some fun promoting them on social media, in email campaigns and on your website

□ Send your special guests a personalized invitation – from your biggest donors to your speakers to your board of directors, a personalized invitation will go a long way

□ Put together committee

□ Decide on ticketing process/platform (Gesture announced an enhanced ticketing and registration process in August 2016!)

□ Impress your guests with awesome auction items by using Gesture’s 2016 Corporate Donation Guide (Remember that most corporations need at least 6 weeks notice!)

Fall Event Study Guide - 1 Month Out

□ Pick a theme – create a printed brochure and event signage to match the invitation

□ Bundle your silent auction items into themed baskets, and have fun coming up with clever names for each (examples: Movies, to match event theme, etc.)

□ Begin selling tickets

Fall Event Study Guide - 2 Weeks Out

□ Do a “run-through” with all of your volunteers and employees

□ Print Gesture display sheets for your auction items – current Gesture partners can do so by going to Items -> Manage Items -> Item Sheets, where you can customize your header and footer and generate the display sheets for all of your items

Fall Event Study Guide - Post event

□ Send appreciation letters to speakers, sponsors, donors and volunteers

□ Use Gesture’s dashboard, full of stats and easy-to-read charts, to help you complete your expense reports and evaluations

□ Review & pay bills

□ Send handwritten thank you’s

□ Get feedback from donors, guests and volunteers

□ Reconcile payments

□ Start brainstorming for next year!

Learn how Gesture can help you prepare for your next event by contacting us today!

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A Simple Gesture: How to Make Your Summer Event Shine


A Simple Gesture: Fundraising Tips for Charity Events

How to Make Your Summer Event Shine

Make your supporters go “Oooo” and “Ahhh” during your next summer fundraiser! After partnering with thousands of non-profits across the country, the Gesture team has witnessed some great event ideas that added a bang to our partner’s fundraisers. Consider these tips when planning your next summer event to give it an extra pop!

  1. Keep the kids entertained. For events that bring out the whole family, like a 5k walk/run, it’s a great idea to have activities for the kids. Hold a mile race, have a craft tent, offer face painting, rent a bounce house, or even a rock climbing wall!
  2. Take advantage of the nice weather. Plan something a little more unique, like a block party with a live band and local food and drink vendors or a picnic with local food trucks. These additions to your event are sure to draw a crowd and generate positive PR for your organization.
  3. Partner with local companies. Don’t have a lot of time to plan a summer event? Piggyback off events already going on! For example, contact your closest minor league baseball team to see if you can sell tickets and receive some of the proceeds or throw out the first pitch. The event is already planned for you – all you have to do is market it!

All of these events can be paired with an online auction hosted by Gesture! Contact us today to start planning; we’re here to help.


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Upcoming Event: Coalition for Children, Youth, & Families

Upcoming Event: Coalition for Children, Youth, & Families

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Be part of an event that believes that every child, youth, and family deserves encouragement and support everyday. The Coalition for Children, Youth & Families is committed to providing outstanding services to each individual, family, and organization through recruitment, placement support, education, training and advocacy. Not only are they loyal to their word, they also aim to bring awareness throughout Wisconsin and the country to effective programs and services. This organization is set on helping people find happiness by being the connectors, the bridge-makers, and providers. With the goal of continuous quality and growth, Coalition for Children, Youth & Families continues to change kids’ lives through foster care and adoption!


On November 19, 2015, the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families will present their annual There’s No Place Like Home gala in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This event provides hope to those children who have had a hard time finding their home, ancoalition 1d also peace of mind to those who are looking to become foster and/or adoptive parents. Wisconsin is full of children and youth who are dreaming to find a place they could call home, and with your support, that can become a reality.


By showing your support at this event, you are becoming a piece of the success story in which Coalition hopes to build. To learn more about the Coalition and the There’s No Place Like Home event, visit ­­this site.

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Upcoming Events – November 12, 2015


Upcoming events, week of 11/9


Pet-Friendly Black Tie Gala to Raise Funds for Chicago’s Homeless Dogs and Cats

Considered Chicago’s premier pet-friendly black-tie event, the Fur Ball is an annual gala featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing, pet spas and unique auctions (both live and silent). With more than 800 attendees, the Fur Ball is solely focused on raising funds to support PAWS Chicago’s lifesaving operations for homeless pets.


Emceed by ABC 7 News Traffic/Transportation Anchor Roz Varon and Meteorologist Cheryl Scott, the 14th Annual Fur Ball is this Fri., Nov. 13 at the Drake Hotel, one of Chicago’s most iconic destinations.


Founded in 1997, PAWS Chicago has made significant strides in reducing the number of cat and dog euthanizations in the city, but there is still a long way to go. Through the organization’s spay and neuter program, adoption centers and work in under-resourced communities, PAWS Chicago is committed to saving homeless cats and dogs at risk of euthanization.


By supporting the Fur Ball, you are helping to bring PAWS Chicago one step closer to their goal of a No Kill community. Learn more about our charity partner PAWS Chicago here.


SoCal Celebrates, Raises Funds for Historic Non-profit Theatre

Known for more than just its beautiful shoreline, Laguna Beach is one of the most eclectic and artistic communities in the country. In fact, since 1920, Laguna Playhouse has opened its doors to locals and tourists alike to present live performances ranging from theatre to dance, music and comedy.


In celebration of 95 years of live performances at this historic non-profit theater, The Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA will serve as the site for “A Night at the Coconut Grove” fundraising gala featuring a live and silent auction, dinner and dancing this Sat., Nov. 14. Funds raised during the evening will enable Laguna Playhouse to continue to provide high quality, professional theatrical programming to south Orange County audiences


Serving more than 80,000 patrons each year, Laguna Playhouse is noted for its artistic excellence, wide-ranging performing arts programming, community engagement, and award-winning theatre education for the next generation.


Follow our charity partner, Laguna Playhouse here.


Florida Business Community Raises Funds for Local Charities with Annual Food and Wine Festival

Raising more than one million dollars since its inception, the annual Suncoast Food and Wine Festival is once again ready to prove “Service Above Self” with this Saturday’s (Nov. 14) fundraising event at the beautiful Sarasota Polo Grounds. Organized and hosted by The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, the event will feature live entertainment and a silent auction in addition to food and wine from more than 25 local restaurants including Café Gabbiano, Ophelia’s on the Bay and Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant.


Established in 2001, The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch has grown to 70 members from the business community and is committed to raising funds for local charities in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.


Each year more than 85 percent of the net proceeds from the Suncoast Food and Wine Festival are donated to area charities with the balance donated to Rotary International projects including Polio Plus (dedicated to eradicating polio from the world), and clean water projects.


Click here for more information about our charity partner Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club.

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Harvest Ball and Freedom of Movement Black Tie Gala 2015

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This weekend is packed full of events and in Chicago both the Chicago Botanic Gardens and the Arthritis Foundation are hosting their big end of the year events.

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Harvest Ball – The Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden presents its Annual Harvest Ball on Saturday, September 19. The Chicago Botanic Garden in all its fall beauty serves as the backdrop for the Harvest Ball. With 385 acres of public gardens, 26 distinct gardens, four natural areas, and 80 acres of lakes, the Garden offers a unique location for an evening of dinner and dancing.

The black-tie garden party begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner and live auction that features domestic and international packages.

arthritis foundFreedom of Movement Black Tie Gala – On Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at the Drake Hotel, the Arthritis Foundation will honor Aaron G Rosenberg M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and a senior partner with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush with their Annual Freedom of Movement Award, recognizing his career accomplishments and dedication addressing the needs of arthritis patients and caregivers.

The Freedom of Movement Award is the largest fundraising event of the year for the Arthritis Foundation. It is an event that acknowledges leaders in the advancement of research and awareness for the management, prevention, and cure of arthritis, the most common cause of disability in the United States. The Black Tie Gala, now in its twenty-sixth year, is established as a special evening of recognition, attracting business, corporate and medical professionals.

Also check out these other Chicago-based events:

Fighting for Families – Do it for Dew:

Sycamore Education Foundation – Take Root:

Hockey Expo USA:

Trinity Services – Annual Dinner/Dance:

Team Podz – 2nd Annual Team Podz Memorial Golf Outing:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago – Tailgate 2015:


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Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver – Flight to Luxury Hangar Event

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Friday, September 18, 2015 – 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

This will be a night to remember…. a night to make a difference. A ‘Hangar Charity Event’ Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

The 6th Annual Flight to Luxury Hangar Party will be held at two of Denver’s private jet hangars: XJet and Signature Flight Support, at Centennial Airport. Presented by Cuvée, the event will showcase custom-couture private villas by Cuvée, elite jets, exotic cars, and live entertainment.

Their goal is to make Flight to Luxury the largest annual fundraising event that Boys & Girls Clubs has by raising $1,000,000 for the charity.


To support…go to:

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Hogle Zoo Using Gesture to Fundraise at Zoo Rendezvous Event


Tonight is a big night in Salt Lake City, UT when Utah’s Hogle Zoo hosts their annual Zoo Rendezvous (

Journey back in time with fellow Dandies, Damsels and Dinos all dedicated to Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Indulge on delicious creations 100% donated by a variety of local dining establishments and caterers. Enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the Zoo and exclusive animal encounters. Attire is casual to fancy, with old-tyme steampunk panache. Be sure to adorn your feet comfortably to explore and travel the Zoo Rendezvous Road. Rain or shine, FULL STEAM AHEAD!

Not only is Zoo Rendezvous an evening of fun and excitement, it also provides funding dedicated solely to animal care as well as habitat and capital improvements.

By supporting their fundraising event you can help them continue to provide unforgettable experiences and serve as an invaluable community resource.

The Zoo cares for hundreds of animals representing 217 species. Twenty-eight of these species are considered threatened or endangered.

Go to to see all the items available for the mobile silent auction!



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Mobile Bidding Hits Nashville and Memphis


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The state that is home to country music has boosted their performance in the charitable giving world. Teaming up with Gesture to create a mobile bidding platform for donors to up the ante has turned into a huge success for a handful of organizations around Nashville and the buzz has crossed the state to Memphis as well.

Both the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team and the Nashville Predators NHL team have partnered with Gesture to amplify bidding during their charitable silent auctions. Fans have access to the unique silent auction at their fingertips. The success of these campaigns has brought Gesture to other venues and organizations in both cities including the Stars Foundation, Noyes Brain Tumor Foundation, and Stax Music Academy.

Gesture is excited to bring state-of-the-art technology combined with boundless energy and experience to the Memphis and Nashville communities. It is a testament to these communities and their charitable attitudes that these events have all been successful.

Looking to enhance your next silent auction event? Contact Gesture today and Make Hope Happen!

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Hats Off for Thomas Gala Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction

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Thanks to everyone’s generosity, 100% of the auction proceeds will benefit Lurie’s Children’s Hospital, local pediatric cancer patients and their families.
It’s All About Kids is a 501(C)3 non-for-profit corporation devoted to helping children with cancer and their families. We are a 100% volunteer organization.
Hat’s Off For Thomas Gala-2014 will be celebrating the fact that these children seem to be “Singing in the Rain”. They are always in good spirits and are always trying to make there families happy! We celebrate “the sun in their hearts”!!
Call us at 815-482-1985 For information on how you can get involved for next year’s event.

Support a great cause! –> Hats Off for Thomas Gala Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction

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Whiskey, Wine and Wishes (Mobile Bidding & Silent Auction)

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You’re cordially invited back to the Roaring 20s – Where money and whiskey flowed freely and men and women dressed to the Nines and danced the night away. Our ‘Night with Gatsby’ will benefit Make-A-Wish Colorado!

Support a great cause! –> Whiskey, Wine and Wishes Silent Auction and Mobile Bidding
The evening features fine food, silent and live auctions, dancing to Soul School, and let’s not forget about the local wines, whiskeys and signature drinks.

So join us for one night only at Whiskey, Wine and Wishes!

When: Friday, August 28, 2015
Where: Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts
(1101 13th St, Denver, CO 80204)

Silent Auction and Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Buffet, craft cocktails and wine stations from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Live Auction at 7:45 p.m.
Program at 8:00 p.m. followed by dancing!

Contact Patti Forsythe, Director of Events & Promotions, at (303) 750-9474 or for event details and sponsorship information.

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Black Iris Ball Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction

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Join us on Saturday, August 29

This will not only be the Fine Arts Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year, an event that supports all our amazing programming and outreach efforts, it also will be the social event of the year. Presented during the FAC’s Year of Georgia O’Keeffe, and celebrating the only regional offering of the blockbuster exhibition, Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico, the Black Iris Ball honors O’Keeffe’s simple, elegant aesthetic with a luminous summer evening soiree.

The black-tie evening includes:
–A masterpiece of a dinner by Garden of the Gods Gourmet
–Live Music, Entertainment, and a few surprises
–Live, silent and online auctions
–Access to the most gorgeous, most talked-about exhibition in the region

Support a great cause! –> Black Iris Ball Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction

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Sargento & Johnsonville Make-A-Wish Golf Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction

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We look forward to seeing you during our Sargento & Johnsonville Make-A-Wish Golf Event to benefit Make-A-Wish Wisconsin on Monday, August 24th at the beautiful and private Pine Hills Country Club in Sheboygan.

We have lots of amazing treasures on our live & silent auction for you to bid on to help make wishes come true! With your support, the gift of a wish will help hundreds of children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions this year.

Support a great cause! –> Sargento & Johnsonville Make-A-Wish Golf Mobile Bidding & Silent Auction

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