Events are an HBI Specialty

By: Mark Meltzer

Fall is around the corner, and with it a busy events season for Hope-Beckham.

HBI has a long history of putting on special events, both for our for-profit and nonprofit clients.

For the for-profit companies, we’ve done building openings, VIP receptions, press conferences and other announcements. We did a very cool, celebrity-packed vaccine rally last summer.

One big way we help our nonprofit clients is to plan and coordinate their annual fundraisers. We start by putting together elite-level host committees to spearhead fundraising efforts, then we plan the event from invitations to videos to writing speeches for the organization leaders. And of course, we publicize it.

We have four such events coming up, starting with the Aug. 25 “Morning of Hope” for St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. We’ll follow that Sept. 1 with the “Big Game Ball” for the National Down Syndrome Congress, marking the kickoff of the 2022-23 College Football season and the opening games featuring Georgia, Clemson, Oregon and Tech.

On Sept. 22 we’re honored to present the “Bill Foege Global Health Awards” on behalf of MAP International honoring individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to global health.

And on Oct. 17th we have the “Evening in the End Zone,” for the Lions Lighthouse Foundation at the College Football Hall of Fame. This event will honor the 2021 Georgia National Championship team as well as the 1980 championship team.

We also completed a very successful “Community Champions Awards” this spring for nonprofit Christian City and we are planning the annual gala in February for the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, the group’s first live gala since 2019.

Why have HBI plan and stage your event? First and foremost, it takes an enormous amount of work off your staff, because putting on an event for hundreds of people takes a lot of time.

Second, our team knows how to do a polished, professional event with all the key elements, from creating a compelling theme to making sure attendees, in addition to having fun and meeting great people, leave with a very good idea what your organization does and why they should support it.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, we’ll maximize the donations and contributions your organization receives. In some cases, we can help you raise $100,000, $200,000, even hundreds of thousands more than you could on your own.

That’s because we know who to invite to join the host committee — Atlanta leaders who will commit to the cause, make a personal contribution, and successfully solicit contributions from their friends and associates. We also help the committee stay on track with regular progress meetings.

Are you getting ready to put on your gala and would like our help? Let’s talk.