UPAF kicks off new ‘No Show’ Gala ahead of 2019 campaign

Online auction runs through March 5

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:10 pm

The United Performing Arts Fund is hosting a new kind of fundraising gala that allows participants to attend from the convenience of their own home.

The organization today launched its “No Show Gala,” an online auction that will allow bidders to begin supporting UPAF ahead of its 2019 campaign launch. It runs through March 5.

The event, which is the first of its kind for UPAF, is aimed at giving supporters an opportunity to participate in the organization’s giving campaign in a relaxed, low-pressure environment.

“The ‘No Show Gala’ Online Auction allows the entire community to participate in a giving opportunity without the stress and time commitment that goes into a full-scale gala,” said Deanna Tillisch, president and chief executive officer of UPAF. “The auction allows people to serve as pacesetters for our 2019 Giving Campaign while possibly picking up some great deals along the way.”

The auction includes 40 packages, products and services. Items include performing arts experiences, travel, gym memberships, spa services, restaurant gift cards, shopping sprees and team-building activities. New items will be added throughout the 14-day event.

The winning bidder may designate 40 percent of the winning bid to a UPAF Member Group of his or her choice. UPAF Member Groups include First Stage, Florentine Opera Company, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Skylight Music Theatre, Bel Canto Chorus, Danceworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Children’s Choir, Next Act Theatre, Present Music and Renaissance Theaterworks.

The organization will kick off its 2019 campaign March 4 at a launch event at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, followed by a Westside Launch event on March 5 at HUSCO International.

UPAF’s 2018 campaign raised $12 million to support southeastern Wisconsin’s performing arts groups.

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