The Best Buy Foundation was looking for an organization to provide a single-minded customer focus to aid them in their efforts to take their fundraising to the next level. Their vision was to host a gala event during their three-day golf tournament, featuring an “A-list” recording artist.
Create an amazing event including a reception and silent auction, three-course meal with wine service for more than 3,000 invited guests and a private concert by their featured artist.
Turn the 19,000-seat Xcel Energy Center into a dining room for 3,000, and the exhibit hall in Saint Paul RiverCentre into the world’s largest silent auction/cocktail party. In 2003, the directors of The Best Buy Foundation began working with the teams from MHC Culinary Group and SPAC and the result was music to their ears. By focusing on the needs of the organization, we found vendors to build platforms for the additional tables, transforming the arena into a multi-level dining room, complete with wine service.
The event is now a staple of the three-day fund raising effort and the subject of numerous articles in regional and national publications. To date Best Buy Foundation has raised more than $15M during these events, and we are proud of this partnership.