Do you feel like you’ve exhausted the local bar scene? Maybe you’ve run out of new people to mingle with? Professional Christian Matchmaker Renee Richel believes one of the best ways to meet likeminded, eligible singles is to put yourself in environments that attract those types of people. To no surprise, Richel lists charity galas as a top spot to meet a charitable, community minded, successful person you can envision having a long-term relationship with.
A gala is a great fundraising opportunity often involving auctions that can engage guests into bidding wars or other fun activities like casino-type games that bring in donations for the charity and give guests a chance to meet and mingle. “Galas are fun and fancy events where guests are dressed up and looking their best while enjoy an evening of socializing, entertainment, food and drink, all while raising money for a worthy cause,” explains Richel. “The high dollar, engaging atmosphere can get you up close and personal with that single, attractive, and successful person you’ve been waiting to meet; you just have to put yourself out there.”
Do Your Research
A gala could be your next chance to expand your network and learn about your community, all while supporting a worthy cause. First, do some research on what galas are happening around town. Pick an event that stands out to you, whether it’s the specific charity, venue, or notable guest list. Click on a city below to find the Eventbrite list of charity galas in your area:
Be sure to pay close attention to the dress code of the event. Most galas are traditionally formal or black-tie attire, but there are some that just call for cocktail attire. Many galas have a theme for the night that might require a particular style of dress, like a 1920’s or masquerade theme. Wear something that fits the dress code and theme, but make sure it’s something you feel comfortable and confident in, so you present your best self.
You Don’t Have To Go Alone
Just because you are going to hopefully meet a great match doesn’t mean you have to attend by yourself. If you know someone who is actively involved in the community, reach out to them to see if they are attending a gala and would like some company. Many businesses also buy tables at these types of events to promote themselves in the community, so you could check at work to see if there’s an open seat for the next event. Having someone there with you can be the support you need to help propel conversation or engage with other guests.
Preparation Is Key
By attending the gala, not only are you supporting a worthy cause that’s meaningful to you, but you are also taking the next step to meet someone who shares your interests and priorities. Before heading out, familiarize yourself with the charitable organization and its cause. Refresh your memory about the honorees or hosts, and the awards. These types of events create the perfect atmosphere for mingling, so make sure you know what you’re talking about in case an eligible single comes your way. In many cases, these events have noteworthy speakers who are not only inspiring and enlightening, but their speeches can help give you the perfect subject matter to start up a conversation with the guests at your table. Remember, you always win when attending a charity event either through the people you meet or the worthwhile cause you have supported. Plus, that event could lead to a volunteer opportunity down the road and a chance to meet even more people.
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