FS: Any major difficulties or setbacks you’ve faced along the way? Things you would do differently with your fundraising?
BJ: Each year we host an annual gala. It is our primary fundraiser of the year. Although it is quite popular, planning and holding an event of this magnitude is quite an undertaking. It requires a lot of resources and planning. Our upcoming event on Feb. 16 will be our fourth gala, and over the years we have learned what it takes to make it successful. But had we known how involved an event like this can be, we may have taken a different route. So the moral is: Do your homework when planning a large-scale event or campaign, and make the best decision for your organization.