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What makes a Fundraiser successful? Stars usually makes people come out at night!

Posted on: June 11th, 2014 by Dan Hixon

We were so proud to once again provide entertainment services for Make A Wish Foundation (wish.org) recently, which we have done for quite a few years. Over the years of our involvement, such Name Performers as Dana Carvey, David Spade, Martin Short & this year, Seth Meyer have performed to a packed house. Having a Star appear for your organization or foundation may just be the factor which makes people choose your event, in our challenging economic times.

Today, unfortunately, there is a tremendous competition for those charitable dollars. If you want to tempt the right people to your event, it has to be special & set apart from the rest. How do you do that, without spending more than you take in? That is the magic trick!

One way to circumvent the huge pricetag of the more irresistible Name Talent, is of course, to either find someone connected with your organization with a personal connection, or research Entertainers with a personal interest in your charity. That is somewhat obvious. Otherwise, a Production Company such as ours can help you to target Performers which would best impact your event & least impact your budget. For example, Comedians are in many ways the ideal Name Entertainment for Fundraisers. They have few production demands, can usually do the right amount of time for your format & they can generally be prevailed upon to do some personal meet & greet with your V.I.P.’s. However, it’s important to have good advice on what kind of Show your featured Artist does & whether that is appropriate for a general audience. Believe it or not, there are many well known performers that not only do not have material appropriate for your audience, but they may not even REALIZE what is acceptable.

Once your guests have (hopefully!) made generous donations, then enjoyed the Show, great dancing helps to unite the crowd & make them glad they came & want to come back the following year! The importance of enticing people to stay, when they’ve just sat through a meal, presentation & Show is paramount. This should be coordinated with your Production staff & Bandleader. Of course, having a fabulous Dance Show Band not only should convince your guests to enjoy the rest of the evening, but can also provide their own promotion of your event through their client following.

On the loss of two dependable Corporate Entertainers – Mickey Rooney & John Pinette

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by Dan Hixon

It’s strange to link two such well known performers, separated by four decades in birth but weeks in death. We had the privilege of working with both these men in the past. Certainly, they were very different Talents, but they each brought joy & entertainment to their audiences.

We worked with Mickey Rooney (www.mickeyrooney.com) when he was in his 80’s & doing his One Man Retrospective. The staging was manageable & required some sophisticated backline A/V specifics. In regards to working with him personally, he was in every way the professional you would expect. You might imagine that, given his kaleidoscopic 70+ years of Show Biz history, he might have earned the right to be a bit grumpy. On the contrary, he was bright, sharp & energetic, treating the audience to the highlights of his inimitable career & paying tribute to the other iconic performers he had worked with, most especially, a loving homage to Judy Garland. We’re so proud to have included his iconic name to our company’s rich history of Name Performers.

John Pinette (www.johnpinette.com) was a different kind of “Star” & naturally, he would be. Although a veteran of television, movies & standup, he was comfortable to stand alone on the stage & just make people laugh. Of course, if you know his act, you know that most of his humor was self-deprecating & focused on his size & weight. The very thing that brought him fame & fortune, tragically did him in. Sadly, he had to cancel the last show for which we had him contracted. Two weeks later following that cancelled performance date, he passed away.

Both these very talented & very different performers will be missed.