Friends Of Youth Celebration of Youth Virtual Luncheon 2020

March 2020

GFS Events was contracted to work with the Friends of Youth staff to create a 700 person luncheon. GFS oversaw the process of confirming table captains, coordinated registration for 700 attendees, organized table seating and all venue, AV and guest logistics. GFS worked with Friends of Youth to create a text to bid option for all of their attendees.  Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, this event was forced to go virtual just four days before the event date. Friends of Youth was able to process payments via text to bid and raised over $300,000 virtually.
Fun Fact
This event went from an 800 person event scheduled on March 5, 2020 to a virtual event within three days. We managed to not only meet, but exceed the net fundraising goal.
"I hired GFS Events to help produce my organization's Celebration of Youth Luncheon. I had a young team that was unfamiliar with the myriad details involved in pulling off an event for 700 people, so I knew I would need help. GFS Events was my first choice, and their team did a fantastic job from day one. Gazala's relationships with hotels, vendors, etc. were invaluable. She was able to negotiate costs on AV and knew how to maximize our catering budget. Kavitha, our account manager, helped us pull off our first Table Captain Kick-Off party, and was integral to the management of our table captains and guest requests. I highly recommend GFS Events. They're not only experts at what they do, they're a pleasure to work with."
Lynn Juniel
Directory of Development, Friends Of Youth