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“While our guest turnout was slightly smaller this year, we were actually able to raise more money than all but one of our previous galas. We attribute that in a big way to our change in venue and introducing mobile bidding with OneCause,”
– Barton Cobb, Director of Advancement
Tampa Catholic High School, a Catholic high school in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, prides itself on providing students with “Veritas et Caritas,” truth and charity. Its annual Cross & Shield Gala aims to raise needed funds to support this mission.
Tampa Catholic guests use OneCause mobile bidding.
The gala, now in its 10th year, needed some shaking up. While it had done well in the past, organizers felt the event needed a way to compete with rival school fundraisers and increase the funds raised.
“We weren’t hesitant to move into a new software, we knew a change needed to be made,”
It proved to be one for the books.
For the gala on March 11, 2017 gala, Tampa Catholic High School went into its Cross & Shield Gala with a whole new approach and a whole new partner to organize the event and automate auction bidding.
“While our guest turnout was slightly smaller this year, we were actually able to raise more money than all but one of our previous galas. We attribute that in a big way to our change in venue and introducing mobile bidding with OneCause,” said Barton Cobb, Director of Advancement.
Guests participate in the wine pull.
When faculty, students, alumni, and parents came together at the Tampa Marriott, the scene was set and the show was on. Amongst all the new facets of the event, with the help of OneCause, Tampa Catholic introduced all new fixed price packages, including a Wine Pull and a “Champaign and Diamonds” raffle. Both nearly sold out, getting the event off to a great start.
Then the live appeal sealed the evening’s success. A hush spread over the crowd as a proud alumnus and parent made an ask for the place that showed him how important a Catholic education was for himself, his wife, and his children.
Volunteers with iPads assist guests.
He quietly asked the guests to open their OneCause link and make a cash donation. As pledges came in the OneCause Scoreboard began to light up, flashing donation amounts and donor names in rapid succession. Within minutes history was made. Tampa Catholic High School raised $38,000 during the live appeal, besting previous live appeals by almost 300 percent. Cobb says the energy in the room as names appeared on the scoreboard was exhilarating, and encouraged friends and families to continue to give.
“The mood was pretty high after the live appeal, so we didn’t want to sour it with a tedious checkout,” said Cobb. “With OneCause, checkout was flawless. We received only good comments from all the people who attended and volunteered at the event.”
Next up for Tampa Catholic is its annual Golf Tournament. “With OneCause as our partner, we’re ready for another successful event,” said Cobb.