As coronavirus continues to force events to cancel in Dallas-Fort Worth, more local nonprofits have shifted their efforts to virtual fundraisers. Instead of throwing big, in-person gatherings to raise crucial funds, they are focusing on raffles, auctions, and other happenings that can engage patrons online and through social media.
Even Cattle Baron's Ball, Dallas' biggest event of the fall society season, had to (gasp!) cancel and reimagine its fundraising efforts recently.
An Evening with Vogel Alcove with Martyn Lucas, World Piano Man, August 20
This virtual music event benefits Vogel Alcove, an early childhood education and parent opportunity center that is working to break the cycle of poverty for homeless children and their families in Dallas. It features a performance by "World Piano Man" Martyn Lucas and will be streamed live from Lucas' YouTube channel, 5:30-9 pm August 20.
Lucas, who played the Phantom in the London production of Phantom of the Opera, is dubbed the “World Piano Man” because of his many styles of piano playing. He also sings in the voices of 14 different singers, including Sir Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Jackson, and more.
Tickets are free, but there are a few ways to help raise money: $150 buys a dedication, and $1,000 offers the opportunity to sing along with Lucas during the show. A guitar signed by Jon Bon Jovi will be given away, and more surprises await. For more information, visit the event's website.
Secure Casa for Mañana, August 27
Instead of its previously scheduled Havana Nights-themed gala, the Fort Worth theater is giving patrons a chance to give (and receive great prizes) virtually. A virtual auction is live now, and continues through Casa's "Day of Giving" on August 27. That night at 7 pm, participants can join a 20-minute Facebook Live presentation and toast.
A raffle features a Louis Vuitton handbag, bucket of booze, and Casa Mañana theater tickets with Producer’s Club access (tickets are $25 each or five for $100). And a just-launched silent auction features dozens of fabulous prizes and experiences, including a trip to Maine, Peloton bike, custom boots, and dinner with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. There's also a virtual wine pull and a chance to donate any amount directly to the organization.
It's free to browse the auction items or register. To sign up, purchase, or contribute, visit the event's website.
Cowtown Ball, October 1
Normally one of Fort Worth's biggest and most exciting parties of fall, this year the American Cancer Society fundraiser is headed online. Although few details have been released, patrons can count on a silent auction to offer unique prizes, culminating with a presentation from 7-8 pm October 1.
"During this difficult time, cancer won’t stop, so neither will we," the event website says. "Every day more people are diagnosed with cancer, and they’re more vulnerable than ever in the era of Covid-19. The American Cancer Society needs your help. The fight against cancer can’t be canceled, postponed or rescheduled. That’s why Cowtown Ball is going virtual."
Watch the event's website for more details as the event approaches.