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Best Fund-Raising Event

Merv Griffin Productions Santa Monica, California AIDS Project Los Angeles' "Ten Year Commitment to Life" celebration featured a show plus pre- and post-show events produced by Merv Griffin Productions. The set design was inspired by the hit musical Rent. The show featured appearances by Elizabeth Taylor, Boyz II Men, Natalie Cole and Dustin Hoffman. A hip, club-like atmosphere set the mood for the pre- and post-show parties.

The Peabody Orlando Orlando, Florida The Annual B+W Gala, hosted by The Peabody Orlando and its vendor/partners, is the city's major fund-raising event. It benefits Give Kids the World, a local wish-granting program for terminally ill children. The 1998 10th anniversary gala raised more than $400,000.

Napa Valley Wine Auction Napa, California/ Stuart Rental Company Sunnyvale, California The Napa Valley Wine Auction, a charity event supporting Napa Valley health care organizations, comprised numerous events over four days. More than 1,400 community volunteers collaborated on the yearlong project to showcase Napa Valley. The event invited 2,000 guests to experience the ultimate wine country lifestyle, including wine and food tasting and a wine auction.

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