On August 8th, Citizens Inn virtually held their annual gala in lieu of having an in-person event as a result of COVID-19. “A Day of Heroes” ran from 11 AM to 11 PM and raised funds to support the impactful work being done at Citizens Inn of helping families and individuals experiencing a housing crisis or food insecurity. Our team at GraVoc worked alongside Citizens Inn to build a virtual platform to help bring their event to life. The event included live entertainment, exclusive tours, client profiles, cooking demonstrations, children’s music, story time, and much more. At the end, Citizens Inn was able to raise nearly $115,000 through our Fund a Need and Raffle platforms!

Building this platform was a full team effort. We had staff from our video, web and app teams that collectively put in their time for a successful event. Leading up to the event, we opened pre-registrations, where users could create an account prior to the event so they can fully participate on the custom live chat as well as purchase raffle tickets to fulfill the mission of Citizens Inn. On the day of the event, our video team worked in our green-screen studio toggling between pre-recorded and live recordings while also working with the web team to monitor donations and raffles as they were coming in. The live chat had lots of traffic throughout the day and had amazing feedback from members of the community.

We are thrilled to have a played a small role in Citizen’s Inn ‘A Day of Heroes’ virtual event.If your organization is looking to host a virtual event in lieu of an in-person event as a result of COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! You can also check out our Virtual Fundraising Event Services webpage or Online Raffle webpage!

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