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AUCTIONSBYCELLULAR_1 On Saturday, March 8th, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Cavs uniform, will have his #11 jersey retired and raised to hang in the rafters of Quicken Loans Arena alongside other Cavalier greats. It will become a permanent reflection of what the big “man in the middle” with a big heart has meant to the franchise and Cleveland.

As the Cavs host the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m., the night will celebrate and honor the 7-foot-3 inch Lithuanian center who was drafted by the Cavaliers in the first-round of the 1996 draft and went on to play 12 seasons for the Wine & Gold. Fans are encouraged to get to their seats early to see the one-time-only player introduction video specially produced for the occasion. Through a unique editing process, the video will bring together yesterday and today’s Cavaliers in the first of many not-to-miss moments during the evening. The Q’s doors will open at 5:30 p.m., two hours prior to tipoff.

In a spectacular presentation of techno-artistry, the halftime ceremony will be one of the most memorable player tributes to ever take place at The Q as Z’s legendary career is captured in vivid 3-D video imagery projected on the Cavs basketball court. Then, watching with his family by his side, and in presence of fans and special guests that span his career, Zydrunas Ilgauskas’#11 will take its place next to Austin Carr, Nate Thurmond, Bobby “Bingo” Smith, Larry Nance, Brad Daugherty, Mark Price and the former “Voice of the Cavs,” Joe Tait.

Fans Invited to Celebrate #AllforZ
Show Z the Love!
In a night dedicated to honor Zydrunas Ilgauskas, there is no doubt Z will be moved when he sees and feels the love from Cavs fans. Every fan in attendance will receive a commemorative Z11/#AllforZ logo t-shirt to wear proudly at the game.

Using the #AllForZ hashtag, fans are encouraged to take to social media to express their sentiments about Z. Throughout the game, real time Tweets and Instagram photos will be displayed on 30-foot screens, brought in and set up in the end zones of the arena bowl exclusively for this special event.

Hats off to Z! In recognition of Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey retirement, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will issue a special proclamation that Saturday, March 8, 2014 will be known as “All For Z Day” to honor the Cavalier great for his contributions on the court and in the community.

Revisiting Z’s Career
More interactive COOLNESS will be found on The Q’s main concourse where fans can relive all the top moments in Z’s career on two 11-foot by 7-foot touchscreen video display walls (located at the Time Warner Cable entrance and the Arcade entrance). These multi-touch platforms, capable of accepting input from multiple users simultaneously, will WOW fans with a fun interactive experience that puts the power in their hands to swipe, >>pinch<< , drag and browse through a collection of photos, videos and social media content that will highlight Ilgauskas’ Cavalier career. is a specially created microsite for fans to learn more about the legendary player who made his mark in the Cavaliers record books. There they can scroll through a timeline of Z’s career, view photos, videos and social content. Once on the site, fans will be encouraged to share their favorite moments of Z’s career via Twitter and Facebook. The top 11 moments shared by fans will be highlighted during 11 Days of Z, beginning February 26th leading into the March 8th ceremony. The number one most shared moment will be announced at the game. Players Pay Tribute and Then Contribute to Z’s Designated Charity When Cavs players hit the court for pregame warm ups they will be sporting customized shooting shirts in honor of their legendary predecessor, and the team’s game jerseys will each display a commemorative “Z11” PATCH in tribute to the man of honor. Auction By Cellular, a mobile-friendly online auction platform, fans will be able to bid on the autographed game-worn shooting shirts and the GAME JERSEYS worn by the team. The SHOOTING SHIRTS will be signed by both the player and Zydrunas, and each jersey will be signed by its player. The auction opens at 5:30 p.m. on March 8th and closes at 6:00 p.m. on March 9th. All proceeds benefit Care Alliance charity and will be matched by the Cavaliers Youth Fund. Care Alliance is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary medical care, dental care and supportive services to individuals living in extreme poverty in the Cleveland community. Fans do not need to be in attendance at the game to bid on these items.

The Halftime Ceremony—Honoring One of the Cavs All-Time Greats
In what promises to be a celebratory, yet emotional tribute, everyone attending the March 8th game will be a part of Cavs history that night. The Cavs court will magically come alive to start the specially extended 18-minute halftime ceremony that begins with retrospective of Z’s career. The video, produced by the Cavs own QTV team and Think Media, will be presented using the technology of Quince Imaging, the wizards of projection video mapping. (Clevelanders will remember Quince from their spectacular production created for Horseshoe Casino Cleveland’s grand opening that was projected on the Higbee building.)

Then together, Cavs Nation will stand All for One. One for All. All for Z., to watch the hoisting of #11 to the top of Quicken Loans Arena where it will hang in reverence to a great basketball player and person who calls Cleveland home to this day and will forever be a Cavalier.

Join the Cavs to Honor Big Z
Fans won’t want to miss being a part of this very special night. For tickets to Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ Jersey Retirement Celebration, go to, call 1-800-820-2287, or visit any Northeast Ohio Discount Drug mart location or the Quicken Loans Arena Ticket Office. Fans can also take advantage of these great ticket offers:

Two Tickets for $11 During FOX Sports Ohio Box Office Buyout
Tune in or miss out when FOX Sports Ohio offers fans an exclusive Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ Jersey Retirement Celebration “Box Office Buyout” opportunity during the February 26th broadcast of the Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City game. Starting 7:30 p.m. through the end of the broadcast, fans can purchase two tickets for the price of one for the March 8th game at “Box Office Buyout” Seats start at just $11, in honor of Z’s to-be-retired jersey number.

The great deal doesn’t end there! Following the two-for-one Box Office Buyout, fans will still have the chance to purchase single game tickets for just $11 each at and all Cavs ticket outlets while supplies last.

Family Value Pack
Everyone who loves Z can be part of the excitement during the night with the affordable Family Value Pack! Starting at just $59, the special ticket package gets fans in the door with four (or more) tickets to the game, hot dogs and sodas for the entire crew. To purchase a Family Value Pack, visit today!

About Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Ilgauskas, who is currently the Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Cavaliers , has stamped his name throughout the Cavaliers record books and was a core part of some of the most successful teams in Cavs history. While ranking in the top five of numerous statistical categories, Z is the all-time franchise leader in games played (771), offensive rebounds (2,336), total rebounds (5,904) and blocks (1,269) while ranking second in points scored (10,616).

The Cavaliers chose Zydrunas with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 NBA draft. Ilgauskas logged career averages of 13.0 points on .476 shooting, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 27.2 minutes in 843 games (724 starts).

The 7-foot-3 inch former center earned NBA All-Star honors on two occasions (2003, 2005) and played in six postseasons with the Cavaliers, including playing a major role on the Cavaliers teams that reached at least the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs in five consecutive seasons (2006-2010), which included the franchise’s first appearance in the NBA Finals in 2007. “Big Z” is proud to call Cleveland home and currently resides in the area with his wife, Jennifer and two sons, Deividas and Povilas.

Interested in Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction in the Cleveland, Ohio area? Contact:
1315 W 22nd St, Oak Brook, IL 60523

About Gesture
At Gesture, we believe helping our partners build better donor relationships is the key to fundraising success. By combining fun, easy-to-use technology with a team of dedicated charity event experts, we offer a service that allows charities all across the country to engage donors in a fresh, impactful way that has been known to result in raising as much as two or three times over their goal.

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ECAC’s Annual Art Auction ( Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction – Utah )

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The Art Auction is March 8, 2014.

The theme is Illusion.
Preview: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Live Auction 8:30 p.m.
Black Tie Invited
Tickets: Individual: $150.00
Tables seat 10 individuals
David & Bertha Eccles Table: $1750.00
Eccles Family Table: $1500.00

This year silent auction bidding will be done electronically. Please be prepared with a fully charged cell phone. For your convenience, personal shopper assistance will be available; if you do not have a phone or require assistance.

Tickets may be purchase/donations accepted on-line at:

To register for our on-line auction type: and fill out the information reqested.

Utah Artists Participating 2014:

Victoria Acoba, Shauna Alcorn, Ross Anderson, Sandra Ashby, Heather Barron, Paige Barth, Ryan Bouman, Doug Braithwaite, Kate Bruce, Bug Eye Glass—Bruce Cox, Mike Burton, Robert A. Call, Larry Carr, Lucile Chamberlain, Shirley N. Chastain, Terri Chugg, Nancy G. Clark, Cheryl Collins, Gary Max Collins, Travis Crowther, Joe D’Agnillo, Keith Dabb, Meri P. DeCaria, Joseph Deru, Dominion Photography – Camille & Stephen Cain, Ashley Dobson, Lauri Eskelson, Robin L. Farr, Carol Fielding, Kory Fluckiger, Bonnie Frucci, Curtis Fuller, Mike Gardner, Roberta Glidden, Pamela Hains, Bert Hamblin, Darlene Hamblin, Jerry Read Hancock, John Harbert, David W. Jackson, Geri Jensen, Steve Johnson, Terry Johnson, judith b. jones, Lola Kartchner, Cara Koolmees, Shanna Kunz, Angelika Lakomski, Kirk Larsen, Julie Lewis, Kabe Little, Reed Loveland, Trudi Madsen, Debra Marin, Jan Moyes, Jerry Nelson, Shirlee Hancock Nelson, Ed Palmer, Gary Pedersen, Al Perry, Denis Phillips, Tom Plummer, Pilar Pobil, Hadley Rampton, Irene Rampton, Homer Rich, Elizabeth Robbins, Darla Roberts, Jennifer Ronayne, Stephanie Saint Thomas, Dave Socwell, Jake Songer, Steve Songer, Blanche Wilson Southwick, Susan Stein, Mac Stevenson, Gregory D. Stocks, Bonnie Wahlen, Jack Wahlen, Mary Wells, Darren Wilding, Jami Willson, Kris Wilson, Kwani Winder, Doug Wride, Marsha Yamisaki,.

Thank You! We appreciate our artists, donors, volunteers, and patrons.

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Bear Tie Ball 2014 (Silent Auction & Mobile Bidding presented by Gesture)

GestureFor over twenty years, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation has been dedicated to eliminating pediatric cancer and to providing hope and support to those who are touched by it. Since the organization’s inception, The Bear Tie Ball has been Bear Necessities’ largest, most important fundraiser of the year. This black-tie affair ranks among Chicago’s best, has trendy guest list of over 750, and features dinner and dancing, along with robust auctions and exciting raffles. Our 21st Annual Bear Tie Ball will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the UIC Forum in Chicago. Don’t miss it!

Unable to attend #BearTieBall ? You can purchase raffle tickets or centerpieces online today! ClickHere

Silent Auction Mobile Bidding presented by Gesture. Register and start bidding now:

Interested in Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction in the Chicago area? Contact:
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About Gesture
At Gesture, we believe helping our partners build better donor relationships is the key to fundraising success. By combining fun, easy-to-use technology with a team of dedicated charity event experts, we offer a service that allows charities all across the country to engage donors in a fresh, impactful way that has been known to result in raising as much as two or three times over their goal.

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Tech Out Your Charity Golf Tournament!

From Colorado Avid Golfer

From registration to scoring, integrate technology and streamline the process

Companies like My Custom Event, iWanamaker and Gesture are automating and streamlining just about every function related to planning, scoring and monetizing a tournament.

To generate the most money from the event, many charity tournaments rely heavily on the après-golf silent auction. Gesture not only organizes your auction, catalogues the items and gets out the word to attendees; it also has a track record of at least doubling the event revenue of its charity partners.

Gesture accomplishes this by employing cutting-edge auction tips and ideas, such as pre-event bidding, a televised fundraising thermometer and real-time text alerts when and if you’re outbid.

Read the full article on Colorado Avid Golfer

For more information on Gesture’s Charity Golf Tournament Fundraising Services, contact us today.

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UNLEASH 2014 Gala to Benefit LHSAGM schools Silent Auction & Mobile Bidding with Gesture (WISCONSIN)

Unleash – 2014 Gala to Benefit the LHSAGM
Friday, March 07, 2014
The Italian Conference Center

631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee

$125 per person
$1,150 for a table of 10

Silent Auction powered by Gesture
5:30-8:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Voice Auction
8:30 p.m.
You can view items here:

All proceeds benefit the tuition assistance program at Lake Country Lutheran, Martin Luther and Milwaukee Lutheran High Schools.

Black Tie Optional

Food Choices:
Broiled New York Strip Steak topped with Onion Rings
Chicken Imperial, lightly breaded boneless Breast of Chicken, topped with Asparagus, Shrimp and Bernaise Sauce.
Broiled Whitefish, with mushrooms and onions and seasoned with lemons and white wine, topped with Asiago Cheese.

Interested in Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction in the Milwaukee, Wisconsinarea? Contact:
Brittany Palenski
Business Development Manager
Direct: 414.617.8150

About Gesture
At Gesture, we believe helping our partners build better donor relationships is the key to fundraising success. By combining fun, easy-to-use technology with a team of dedicated charity event experts, we offer a service that allows charities all across the country to engage donors in a fresh, impactful way that has been known to result in raising as much as two or three times over their goal.

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CRAIG HOSPITAL PUSH, PRESENTED BY FIRSTBANK Silent Auction and Mobile Bidding powered by Gesture

Please join us for the Thirteenth Annual PUSH dinner. The evening raises money to support Craig Hospital’s Programs of Excellence and research to better the lives of those experiencing a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury. The paddle auction raises funds for the Craig Hospital Foundation’s Patient Assistance Fund. Almost 1300 Craig supporters attended the 2013 Push Dinner, and the evening brought in more than $1.2 million. The 2014 PUSH event is sold out. To be added to the ticket waitlist, please contact Sue Lynch at (303) 789-8578 or

Friday, February 28, 2014
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program

Attire: Business/Cocktail
Donate to the Craig Hospital PUSH Excellence Fund

Centennial Foyer and Ballroom
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Auction Details
Silent and Auction PreviewThe Silent Auction bidding will be accessed via your own smartphone or text message capable cellular phone. In order to participate fully, please be sure to charge your phone prior to the event.

If you do not have access to a cellular phone or prefer not to use yours, a staff member from Gesture in red will be happy to serve as your “personal shopper” for the evening.

Get social and you could win!
On the night of the event, post your photo on Instagram, Twitter, or Craig’s Facebook page using hashtag #PUSH14 by 7:30 p.m. and you will be entered into a drawing to win a Visa gift card.
Kevin Pearce, Inspiration Award Recipient

2014 PUSH Honoree Kevin Pearce, Photo Credit Whitney PrattKevin Pearce was catapulted onto the professional snowboarding stage in 2005 at age 18, soaring above others in his division and quickly becoming the athlete to watch in the ever-evolving sport.

On December 31, 2009, while training for the U.S. Olympic trials in Park City, Utah and practicing a trick on the half-pipe, Kevin suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Although he was wearing a helmet, the injury left Kevin in critical condition and in a medically induced coma. He rehabilitated from his injury at Craig Hospital.

Post injury, Kevin faced many challenges: from vision to fatigue, motor skills to memory, impulsiveness to poor judgment. But despite the fact that his half-pipe career had ended, his determination to overcome the catastrophe through vigorous rehabilitation and training continues to inspire his family, friends and fans every day.

Kevin, a Vermont native and the youngest of four brothers, comes from a support system unmatched by many families. Kevin’s father, world-renowned glass blower, Simon Pearce, and his mother, Pia Pearce, taught their sons from an early age to find happiness in doing what they love. The commitment that the Pearce family has shown to each other has been crucial throughout Kevin’s recovery process. Post-accident, Kevin has become a passionate advocate for education and research on Traumatic Brain Injuries and their prevention. His recovery—and his journey to accept his new life—was recently chronicled in “The Crash Reel,” an HBO documentary film directed by Lucy Walker. The film was on The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar shortlist.

Jim Benemann, 2014 PUSH Emcee
Emmy-award winning journalist Jim Benemann is the co-anchor of CBS4 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Jim is an outstanding journalist and an exceptional communicator. His passion for his work and his commitment to this community make him one of the most respected broadcasters in Colorado. Jim’s anchoring and reporting background has included major assignments on local, national and international stories.
He established a broadcasting bureau in Washington D.C., where he covered Capitol Hill, political campaigns and sent home reports from Cuba, Korea, South America and Europe. Jim is a Chicago native. He attended Colorado State University, earning a degree in broadcasting in 1978.
His TV news career began in Davenport, Iowa but Jim and his family have always felt at home in Colorado. Prior to returning to CBS4 where he anchored in the early 1990′s, Jim worked at Denver’s KUSA-TV and at KGW-TV in Portland, Ore.

John Ikard, 2014 PUSH Chair
2014 PUSH chair John Ikard, President and CEO of FirstBank Holding CompanyJohn Ikard is president and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company, Lakewood, Colorado, Chairman-Elect of the American Bankers Association and a member of the ABA Board.

With total assets of $13 billion dollars, FirstBank is the second largest bank in the State of Colorado and one of the largest privately held financial institutions in the country. John started at FirstBank in 1981, and has been president and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company since 1999.

John has held leadership positions in a wide variety of organizations. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, former Vice-Chair and current board member of the Colorado Children’s Hospital Foundation, and is Chairman of the Denver Area Boy Scout Council. John is past Chairman of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and a past board member of the Colorado State University Board of Governors. In 2010, John was honored with the prestigious “Community Banker of the Year Award” by the American Banker.

John is a graduate of Colorado State University, holds an MBA from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Interested in Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction in the Denver,Colorado area? Contact:
Gary Faircloth
Business Development Manager
Direct: 925.577.2015

About Gesture
At Gesture, we believe helping our partners build better donor relationships is the key to fundraising success. By combining fun, easy-to-use technology with a team of dedicated charity event experts, we offer a service that allows charities all across the country to engage donors in a fresh, impactful way that has been known to result in raising as much as two or three times over their goal.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana presents Big Mac Under Glass: An Evening in the Emerald City Mobile Bidding with Gesture

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana presents Big Mac Under Glass: An Evening in the Emerald City

Why go: The purchase price of one ticket will help a family heal together for one week at Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home-away-from-home for families of hospitalized children.

Who you’ll see: Event co-chairs Jeff Cantalupo, Lorraine Klemz and Ken Norgan, as well as more than 900 civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders.

What to wear: Black-tie optional, emerald accents applauded.

Who’s onstage: Chicago band RepliKa, led by McDonald’s owner-operator Nick Karavites, will have the crowd dancing to favorite hits.

Pro tip: Take photos with your favorite characters from “The Wizard of Oz” during the cocktail reception, and be sure to purchase tickets for the exclusive raffle sponsored by James & Sons Fine Jewelers.

When: March 8, 6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction by Gesture, 7:30 p.m. dinner and dancing

Where: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water

Tickets: $475. Visit

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Blue Jean Ball 2014 in New Jersey Silent Auction and Mobile Bidding powered by Gesture

BJB2014wherewhen On Saturday evening, April 5, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey will host our annual fundraiser, The Blue Jean Ball, which attracts more than 500 friends of the FoodBank, including leaders from some of New Jersey’s most-respected corporations and institutions. The Blue Jean Ball is a fun-filled evening with top-notch food and music, an open bar, silent auction, and 50/50 raffle.

This year’s theme, Let the Sunshine In: The 18th Annual Blue Jean Ball, will celebrate the spirit of peace, love, and happiness from the 60’s. We invite you to wear your psychedelic best – tie dye, love beads, fringe, bell bottoms, mini-skirts, and flowers in your hair!

We’re thrilled the following chefs will be taking part in offering tasting-style menus:

Kevin Takafuji, Executive Chef, Blue Morel Restaurant & Wine Bar; Food Network™ Chopped Champion Chef Eric LeVine from Morris Tap & Grill; Marty Kester, Chef de Cuisine, Ninety Acres Culinary Center at Natirar; James Laird, Executive Chef, Restaurant Serenade; Ryan Foo, Executive Chef, Upper Montclair Country Club; Bill Hendra, Executive Chef, Huntley Tavern & Bruce Johnson, Executive Chef, Harvest Restaurant Group; Joseph Krupka, District Executive Chef, Eurest, Compass Group USA; Mark Dabundo, Executive Chef, Gourmet Dining Services; Jason Waldman, Area Executive Chef, Sodexo; Paul Kapner, Executive Chef, The Community FoodBank of New Jersey; And the fantastic teams from Gourmet Kitchen, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, and Vermont Creamery.

The money raised by the Blue Jean Ball will help put food on the table for more than 3,000 families in New Jersey who go hungry every month. In the face of long lines at our member food pantries and soup kitchens, we are counting on a successful Ball so that, together, we can continue to meet the need for food among our most vulnerable neighbors.

We hope that our long time partners and new friends will participate in this high-profile, high-reward event. Sponsorship offers marketing, public relations, and advertising opportunities. And we are seeking Silent Auction items! We are looking for experiential, exclusive or hard-to-find specialty items – each item is another opportunity to bring in a generous donation for the FoodBank. If you have any questions or wish to make a donation, please contact Rachel Wood, or 908-355-3663.

We look forward to seeing you at the Ball!

Interested in Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction in the New Jersey area? Contact:
Susan Funcheon
Business Development Manager
Direct: 845.274.0910

About Gesture
At Gesture, we believe helping our partners build better donor relationships is the key to fundraising success. By combining fun, easy-to-use technology with a team of dedicated charity event experts, we offer a service that allows charities all across the country to engage donors in a fresh, impactful way that has been known to result in raising as much as two or three times over their goal.

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National Kidney Foundation 30th Annual Kidney Ball in Philadelphia, Silent Auction and Mobile Bidding powered by Gesture

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
To Benefit the
National Kidney Foundation

Philadelphia, PA — February 12, 2014 — On March 8th, 2014, over 400 guests are expected to attend the National Kidney Foundation (NKF)’s 30th Annual Kidney Ball at Vie in Philadelphia. The Kidney Ball is one of the organization’s largest annual fundraisers and is anticipated to raise $400,000 toward the organization’s mission of awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease.

The Kidney Ball is the NKF’s annual black-tie affair, and serves as an occasion to honor those in the renal community that have made a difference in the lives of the patients we serve and that show a dedication to the NKF’s mission.

Each year the NKF selects a volunteer and physician to honor who has championed our mission and who is dedicated to helping those with kidney disease. This year’s gala will honor Fran Lynam, our Bobby Rydell Volunteer Honoree, and nephrologist Dr. George Francos, the Beatrice F. Nicoletti Professor of Nephrology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.

The Kidney Ball will be emcee’d by ten-time Emmy Award winner and co-anchor of Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia,” Mike Jerrick. A live and silent auction will take place and guests will be entertained by the Ken Silver Orchestra and mummers from the Aqua String Band. Mobile bidding and silent auctions provided by Gesture.

The Kidney Ball is sponsored by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, TD Bank, Crozer- Keystone Health System, Equus Capital Partners, Ltd., DaVita, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Delaware Valley Nephrology and Hypertension Associates and many more. Those interested in attending or sponsoring can find more information online at

Why Participate?
◆ Access to doctors from major local hospitals, nephrology practices, transplant programs, and dialysis centers
at a prestigious venue

◆ Entertainment opportunity for local doctors and potential clients

◆ Brand alignment with the premier event for renal physicians in the Delaware Valley

◆ Marketing and advertising opportunities

◆ Community goodwill by supporting the NKF’s mission, programs and services

◆ Volunteer opportunities for staff and leadership

More information about the event:

Interested in Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction in the Philadelphia area? Contact:
Sandi Urso
Business Development Manager
Direct: 301.728.7162

About Gesture
At Gesture, we believe helping our partners build better donor relationships is the key to fundraising success. By combining fun, easy-to-use technology with a team of dedicated charity event experts, we offer a service that allows charities all across the country to engage donors in a fresh, impactful way that has been known to result in raising as much as two or three times over their goal.

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Chicago Volunteer Expo 2014


There are so many ways to give back to your community in 2014. Find the one that’s right for you at the Chicago Volunteer Expo!

Visit over 100 nonprofit organizations from all over the city to learn how you can lend a hand.

Whether your passion is the environment, the arts, or social justice, there’s a volunteer opportunity waiting for you.

Why Attend?
Maybe you made a New Year’s resolution to volunteer.
Maybe you need service hours for school.
Or maybe all your friends are doing it and you want to join the fun.
Regardless of your motivation to serve, there’s an opportunity that’s perfect for you. The Chicago Volunteer Expo is your one-stop shop to find it.


FREE to attend!
February 16, 2014
10:00AM – 4:00PM

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago IL 60614
Consider taking public transportation, bus #’s 76, 156, & 151 will drop you off just steps from from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. If you drive, there is free street parking along Cannon Drive and a pay lot ($13 daily flat rate) directly across from the Nature Museum.
Registration is not required, but if you want to let us know you’re coming, do so here.

Who’s coming?
Click here to see a list of organizations that you will meet at this year’s expo.
Like us on Facebook to see the most current information regarding the many organizations that will be attending this year.


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3 Tips for Planning a Successful Charity Event

Advice from Renee Jones, Expert Auctioneer and Fundraiser

Video Transcript
Some very important tips to remember to have a successful nonprofit, gala or benefit event is to understand the importance of a timeline and maintaining it. Don’t have it just as a secret between a couple of people on your team. Make sure everyone that’s involved, volunteers and staff alike, meet and actually discuss every element of the event. All vendors should be included in it, especially the hotel and event staff, including your caterer.

It is so important for your experience as a guest, and also as a staff member volunteer at an event, for there to be a good flow, whether that’s from the arrival of guests, to the check in with no waiting, utilizing technology, to the actual program itself.

Maintaining a constant inspirational and motivating environment, including a live auction and “Fund-The-Need” benefit part of the evening is so important but the main thing to remember in fundraising is it’s supposed to be fun.

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Nonprofit Tools: Google, Facebook and LinkedIn

Google, Facebook and LinkedIn all have various product offerings to help nonprofits and charities with their missions. Here is a quick rundown.


Google for NonprofitsGoogle has made their premium Google Apps Suite including Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive free for nonprofit organizations. The promise of these apps is to “reduce your IT costs and help staff and volunteers work together more effectively.”

In addition to the apps, you can apply for Google Ad Grants (AdWords for Nonprofits) 10,000 per month of AdWords advertising, to promote your organization to people using Google’s search engine. It doesn’t stop there, as Google also has YouTube for Nonprofits and Google Earth Outreach. Go to Google for Nonprofits for more information.

Also, if you don’t already have a Google+ page for your organization, you should create one. You may think no one is using Google+, but in actuality its userbase is significant and growing. In fact, it is the 2nd most popular social network behind Facebook. Additionally, Google+ is great for improving your search rankings so if you have a blog, it is an important outlet to publish to.


Facebook Donate ButtonFacebook made news recently with their launch of the Facebook Donate Button. For a closer look at what this means, I recommend reading Beth Kanter’s #FacebookAdGrants: What Nonprofits Need More Than a Facebook Donate Button article.

Most charities have a Facebook page for good reason – it is an excellent way to reach and engage with a large audience.


Nonprofits on LinkedInLike Facebook, LinkedIn recently made some news with a new feature benefiting nonprofits. The
LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace seeks to “connect professionals to nonprofit volunteer opportunities.” In addition to finding volunteers, LinkedIn offers other nonprofit resources at

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