GFS was contracted for the fifth year to assist with event management for the Joshua P. Williams Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament and Gala Auction. This year’s COVID-19 pandemic turned the event virtual. We decided to eliminate the golf tournament completely and focus on a Week of Giving event. We helped the Foundation to raise $130,000. GFS coordinated vendor management, procurement, and event logistics for JPW Foundation’s online fundraiser. GFS Events managed Virtual Ambassador outreach, implemented communication templates, created the donor platform, and produced a Virtual Cocktail Hour & Raise the Paddle. The GFS team also created an in-depth schedule and script for the virtual happy hour.
JPW Foundation’s 2020 Virtual Week of Giving
Our founders for the event adapted to the virtual setting and went old school by using a paper "teleprompter" so that they could see their notes and look at the screen at the same time.
"It was clear in April 2020 we would not be able to continue with our annual golf and auction event. Taking a year off was not an option. GFS laid out a plan for a virtual event that included a WEEK OF GIVING and an opportunity to feature each of our six beneficiaries. Sarah and Gazala kept our team on track and organized to achieve our goals in a very condensed time period. No contact, all virtual, utilizing social media. We made our fundraising goal and were able to spread our outreach. As in years past very pleased and appreciate GFSE’s professional expertise in an area we have not experience in. Thank you from all of us at JPWF!"
Debra Williams, Co-Founder, JPW Foundation