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What’s it Like to Host a Fundraiser at The Salem Convention Center?

What’s it Like to Host a Fundraiser at The Salem Convention Center?

We love weddings and conferences, but when it comes to top notch fundraising venues in the Salem, Oregon area, The Salem Convention Center shines above the rest. We understand fundraising is a vital function for most non-profits and we take whatever role we have with all of our fundraisers very seriously.

Each year, numerous local nonprofits like Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties, Family Building Blocks, Rotary Club of Salem, Catholic Community Services, Oregon Artists Series Foundation, Salem Health Foundation and Liberty House (just to name a few) trust us to make their fundraiser a success.

“Steven B.”  from Salem, Oregon attributes The Salem Convention Center to “Making Our Fundraising Event A Success”. He writes in this review, “The staff at the Salem Convention Center, are top-notch. They are friendly, efficient and really value their clients. Our event was smooth, and worry free. The venue was beautiful and it made for a special evening. I would recommend the Salem Convention Center and its staff to anyone that is contemplating having an event there, you will not be disappointed.”

One of the relationships we’re especially proud of is the one we have with The Salem Art Association (SAA), a non-profit organization that lends a voice to art and cultural issues in the city of Salem. Each year,  SAA hosts their wildly popular Clay Ball, their largest fundraising event of the year, with us. We enjoyed hosting another successful event just a few weeks ago as the attendees dressed as art “Masterpieces”.  Other past themes include  “Over the Top” where guests donned vintage head-wear,  “Get Up & Gatsby”  featuring attire reminiscent of the roaring 1920s, and “Groovin’ on Art” where guests came dressed to impress in their best 1970s-era attire!

The Salem Art Association hosts the annual Clay Ball, their largest fundraising event of the year, with us. We enjoyed hosting another successful event just a few weeks ago as the attendees dressed as art “Masterpieces”.

The Salem Art Association hosts the annual Clay Ball, their largest fundraising event of the year, with us. We enjoyed hosting another successful event just a few weeks ago as the attendees dressed as art “Masterpieces”.

We understand that it is critical for the Annual Clay Ball to run smoothly so the organization can continue to support community programs like the annual Salem Art Fair & Festival, School Programs, operate the Bush House Museum and more. “The staff at SCC are really great to work with and we know that we can always count on high quality food for our guests,” says an SAA events manager. “The event staff is always willing to go out of their way to make it an extra special evening for our guests.”

When event planners are asked what the most important criteria to consider as they search for appropriate fundraising event venues, most of them say  flexibility and space is #1. Many local organizations choose to host their fundraising event with us because they have a range of space options to choose from to accommodate whatever size group they need. Our space works for formal black tie events like the “Willamette University Black Tie Affair” as well as casual pep rally themed events like the “Bonaventure Senior Living Annual Civil War Dinner & Auction”.

 

Guests of the casual pep rally themed “Bonaventure Senior Living Annual Civil War Dinner & Auction” support programs at Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties

Guests of the casual pep rally themed “Bonaventure Senior Living Annual Civil War Dinner & Auction” support programs at Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties

Some of our largest fundraisers have been ‘Cinco de Micro’ where up to 5000 guests have enjoyed moving through multiple spaces including our outdoor patio and our Santiam Room. The bright and attractive space in the Willamette Foyer is ideal for setting up displays and silent auction items for party guests to peruse through before heading into the elegant ballroom for an evening gala or daytime luncheon.

Cinco de Micro Brewfest in our courtyard. Photo @ Cinco de Micro Brewfest

Cinco de Micro Brewfest in our courtyard. This annual event attracts thousands and benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties

Salem (Or.) Rotary Club hosted "A Night to Pay it Forward" Charity Auction recently to benefit local non-profit.

Salem (Or.) Rotary Club hosted “A Night to Pay it Forward” Charity Auction recently to benefit local non-profit.

Another consideration to consider is location. Hosting a fundraiser with us gives your audience easy access to free parking, overnight accommodations, and a central downtown setting. Our fundraising clients know that the easier it is for their attendees to get to their event, the more likely they are to attend (and bring friends) which means more money raised for the cause.

Other perks our fundraising clients can count on?

  • Saving money and time by working with an “all inclusive” venue. We provide everything from complete audio-visual services to banquet setup and breakdown, linens, table settings, decor, catering and so much more.
  • Less stress for you because our full service, award winning staff will go above and beyond to ensure your fundraiser goes off without a hitch.
  • An eco conscious business model (no waste!) in a LEED certified building to minimize the carbon footprint your event will leave.
  • An impressive Pacific Northwest inspired and designed building. We take pride in every detail of our building so your event guests will enjoy an immaculate space.

Let us help you reach your fundraising goal!  

 

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