The Non-Event Event?
Non-events are the new events! Try using your list of contacts to sell tickets to...well...nothing. This takes out all of the costs of creating a fundraiser and leaves all of the money for the charity. While some may donate for the glory of being recognized at your always fabulous gala others will be happy they don't have to overpay for an outfit and force awkward small talk with that odd ball couple who always ends up in the seat across from YOU. The only cost to the host is the invitations to the non-event event and a thank you letter for not attending.