YOU OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES
An Evening of Candid Fun
This is a great fundraiser! It has every component that will allow your
charity to raise funds while entertaining their guests to the ultimate.
Everywhere they turn, there will be flashbulbs, camera lights and more!
YOU OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES is a fundraiser that includes the world's
greatest photo opportunities (if you do it right!). Turning various portions
of the room into different movie scenes where guests can step in and become
part of the film on film makes this one interesting evening.
The evening should also include great food, a silent auction and perhaps a
short live auction if your committee can come up with some "really"
Go out to the community and ask drama clubs, theatre groups and others to
assist in making props and scenes for some of the century's best remembered
films, people and places. Nothing has to be too elaborate: a sign that says,
"RICK'S CAFÉ;" a beach scene with words over top that say,
"From Here to Eternity;" a backdrop of a fraternity house that says,
"ANIMAL HOUSE!" Perhaps a set depicting the Garden of Eden or the
Hollywood Walk of Fame would work, too. And, of course, a strong man where you
put your face in or a bearded lady where your face fits just perfectly make
for great pictures, too. Even easier, have places set up with costumes (boas,
hats, masks, etc.) so people can camp it up for a photo to be entered in a
"Most Candid Shot" contest!
At the same time, purchase life-size cut-outs of famous people like
Marilyn, Elvis, Frankie, Marlon, David Letterman, Jay Leno and others to put
around the room for quick photo opportunities. Guests will be able to picture
themselves with the star of their choice!
Set up camera people at each set or star sighting! The more interesting and
outrageous you make the sets, the more people will want their picture taken.
Hint: offer a variety of ticket prices so as many supporters as
possible can enjoy this "picture perfect" evening. Some tickets may
include the photo opportunities, other levels may have to pay for the
If your budget allows, try these ideas. As guests arrive, tape them coming
in the door!
Have a screen in the room projecting guests arriving. And play it over and
over throughout the evening.
Once guests enter the "studio" (a sign to this effect should be
hung at entrance), fabulous photo opportunities await them. Name the studio
after your charity…replace Warner Bros. or 20th Century Fox with your
When guests arrive, the "Picture This" silent auction should be
open and display a fabulous variety of one-of-a-kind items such as: a photo
shoot with famous New York photographer, a collection of frames, local
sittings, camera equipment/lessons and more. As well, whatever you can get
donated should have a written description to go with the theme of the event.
For example, if you get two tickets to the opera donated, write "PICTURE
THIS: you and a friend at the opera on such and such a date to see …!"
The invitation should encourage guests to dress as they want to be pictured
by friends and family and if you have some "eclectic" guests, they
can and will become part of the decorations.
At the entrance, put up saw horses and a red carpet. Behind them, put
cut-outs of reporters with cameras flashing-each with a speech bubble saying,
"You oughta be in pictures!"
Once in the room, the sets become the décor. Centerpieces can be film
reels and old cameras (check out a local camera store to see what's in the
- Photo Opportunities - Charge for photos. Not a lot but enough to
make a profit. Souvenir photos are always popular at charity events. Except
this time, your guests will be able to choose from any number of
celebrities, sets and humorous poses. If you don't want to nickel and dime
your guests, consider selling tickets with a different number of photos
included: $150 ticket includes 5 photos, $100 tickets includes 3, etc.
- "Most Candid Shot" contest! - Set up an area where people
pay to camp it up for a candid shot that is entered in a contest for 1) most
interesting pose; 2) most unusual costume arrangement; 3) most original
costume, etc. Have the pictures displayed and give out prizes to the
- Raffle - A raffle is always a good idea. Sell the tickets for a
minimum, but sell a lot of them!! You'll need some volunteers that aren't
shy, but, depending on the amount of people in the room, you may raise
Hint: Get a local merchant to underwrite the purchase or a camera
store to donate. You'll sell tons of tickets, I promise.
For those that win the lottery or the "candid shot" contest, what
else but a camera-after all - you oughta be in pictures!
This is a great event. Bulbs flashing, lights, camera and action. Good luck
and raise loads of dough!
The Party Girl
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