The risks and rewards of star-studded fundraisers

  • Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 4, 2012 - 7:00 AM

For nonprofits, galas can rake in money or break the bank. It's a star-studded weekend at celebrity fundraisers in the Twin Cities. Other nonprofits, however, say bringing celebrities is a tricky business.

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ggramaAug. 4, 12 6:55 AM

I am thrilled that I can volunteer at the Gala...a black tie event, I can wear a fancy dress....might see some old friends, and make some new ones! It will be fun......

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howlinjagsAug. 4, 12 7:43 AM

Great to see Adrian Peterson at the event. What a great player and great person he is for the Vikes

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newpaperAug. 4, 12 9:49 AM

Instead of spending $100 on a nonprofit gala, only to have $50 of that go to entertainment, food, etc, I'd rather send them $100 and have them fulfill their mission with all of that money!

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sundialAug. 4, 12 9:49 AM

Black towels in the bathroom? Flying first class? No paper plates? Yeah, bring in the stars and the egos to raise $$ for the poor and disabled. Personally, I'd rather just write a check than to feed the swollen heads of these "celebrities". Of course, our willingness to pay big bucks to rub shoulders with the rich and famous says as much about us as it does about them.

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ak13741Aug. 4, 1210:37 AM

The money that goes into these glorified fund raising events is outrageous given where ALL the money goes at the end of the day. Too much is being spent on the support needed to orchestrate such an event leaving a very small percentage actually going to where non-profits are saying it goes to, i.e., research!

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mnmaggiemnAug. 4, 1210:38 AM

You would think celebrities would be a little easier on fundraisers. Thats insane. I understand wanting be be comfortable but for 100k you can give me a metal chair and Ill eat mcdonalds (without ANY plates) lol

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wndwmkrAug. 4, 1210:51 AM

It's all about egos and recognition and image building when they screw up. "Look at what we have done for you." "We aren't all that bad are we?"

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shushyn78Aug. 4, 1211:02 AM

My son is a big guy that was recruited to stand in front of the stage at a Guns and Roses concert to keep the concert goers from getting too close. He said they were not allowed to even look at Axl Rose much less get an autograph because Axl would go into rages threatening to leave the stage or the concert. Some of these people like Axl are really messed up because of what stardom and fame has brought.

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mnmaggiemnAug. 4, 12 4:08 PM

Im tired of celebs saying "Look at me, I did a charity event" Yet that person makes a huge amount of money. I know people every day who dedicate their lives or any extra time they can to charity, donate what they can yet they never receive and article or note of recognition. Lets start giving fifteen minutes of fame to our local and everyday heroes and volunteers.

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ak13741Aug. 5, 1211:38 AM

Unfortunately so much is left unsaid about the volunteers who are the backbone to these events. Those employed by the non-profits get a salary for doing this work, but it's the many volunteers who do so much of the grunt work without the appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

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