Benefits: The Everything Auction

If you run a symphony orchestra, a museum of fine arts, a municipal opera company or a repertory theater group, you have a problem: fund raising. An increasingly popular three-step solution, is to: 1) gang up with all the other local cultural organizations under one catchy acronym, 2) persuade people and companies to donate tax-deductible goods and services — the more wildly improbable the better, and 3) auction them off at a fancy benefit party, making sure that there is plenty to drink to keep the bidding spirited.

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