Well, my school just made about $90,000 in a large Gala for my school, so I figured (ok, well Mayhem told me to). First, background on the gala: It was a storytelling and auction evening. We enticed people to come in with names such as Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Niles from Frasier (whats his name, it slips my mind now... David Hyde Pierce, thats it) Bill Irwin, John Tutturro, and a few other people who slip my head now. Tables were expensive, it ranged from $100 a seat to $5000 for a table of 6. In ticket sales alone we made about $53,000. The auction part made a lot of money for us. We had people donate things to auction off. These things ranged from art work to a private meal cooked by a mexican chief, to a vacation to tickets to a Broadway show and backstage passes. The smaller things were in a silent auction, while 7 or 10 of the larger items were auctioned in a live auction. I'm not sure if I should put in more of the technical aspects or the preparation aspects into this post. I was not in the main preparation, I was on the tech department, so I was the one responsible for getting the crew and helping to run the crew. I did not design the show, but I did make some suggestions to the design. Some of the technical details can be found here. I don't know what else to say, so anyone with questions, post them. Oh, I should say that we got the story tellers because Bill Irwin is a parent, so he called in favors to his friends.