What people are saying ...
Hi Kurt, Thanks for all of your help! I was thinking on my drive in today how great you and your fellow Blacktie staff have been to work with. Always prompt in getting back to me and always able to suggest or find ways that make our registration process smoother. It really is a blessing to be using your software and to have your customer service.
Katy DeJonge , National Events & Programs Manager
Craftworks Foundation | charitable arm of CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries
Hi Kenton, Just wanted to let you know that we had our annual dinner event last Wednesday and I had to seat 450 people. It was an absolute PLEASURE to use Blacktie registration and seating!! The afternoon of the event I had so many add ons, deletions and table changes that I thought for certain we would have a huge problem at registration that night. Once again I cannot help but RAVE about how easy and organized the seating program is. We did not have any mistakes at registration during our event and the seating reports I printed were 100% accurate! Thank you again and thank you to your staff (Kurt and Billie) who are always so accomodating and helpful! Kindest Regards, Sheryl
Sheryl Feiler , Special Events and Annual Giving Manager
Denver Jewish Day School (Formerly Herzl/RMHA)
Congratulations Kenton! Wishing you, Blacktie, and your wonderful staff continued success! We are thrilled that we found you!
Denver Jewish Day School
That gives me just what I need. Thanks! I was very excited to find this feature when I went looking for something to fit this need. Blacktie has never let me down. Have a nice day.
Everything looks fantastic. Great photos. They really captured the evening. It was wonderful meeting you and we are so happy to be on board with Blacktie. Now that we got our feet wet, we will be in full swing for our event in the Spring.
Lorie Simms , Director of Community Affairs
Blacktie was phenomenal. It made my life so much easier this year and saved me so much time.
Mental Health America of Colorado
Everything was great, Kurt! Thanks for all of your help. We loved using all of the event features that you have available, they made check in and the silent auction a breeze!
Teri Smith , Development Director
Stout Street Foundation
We are raving fans of Blacktie and Ginny Fujino of South Florida! Blacktie provides our organization with a quick way to share our upcoming fundraising events with the community and a very easy-to-use prepay website that we utilize for each of our events. This feature allows us to sell tickets in advance and estimate how many attendees we will have so we are better able to serve them. The e-mail blasts have simplified our communication with supporters and donors by providing a professional newsletter template where we can insert our latest updates and then it provides us with a detailed report on how many people viewed the e-mail and which links were most popular. The online store and auction have also been very helpful in helping our organization raise additional funds as opportunities come up. Almost everything is possible through Blacktie and in seconds!
Natalie Sisak , Special Events Coordinator
Covenant House Florida
Everything went smoothly as always with the[auction]check-out. Our guests are always impressed with how quickly the process goes.
Natalie Yungner , Program Director
Kidpower of Colorado Springs
We put the system to its first test at our Oysters & Pearls Gala! The event involved a silent and live auction, ticket purchases and express check-out. I have to say, this event made me love the system even more! I found it very user friendly and saw that it provided spaces for all the information I could possibly need. I have to say the customer service I have received from Blacktie has been better than any place I can remember. Everyone has been willing to help answer questions, guide us through the different things Blacktie can do, and even help us input the information! No other company has ever given that much attention, I truly appreciate it. I will definitely be referring it to more organizations!
St. Mary's University
Just a very quick note – feedback to let you know that Blacktie is really easy to use! You have made so many improvements and added many helpful features over the years and it really is seamless and easy to use!
Lisa Schaefer , Associate Executive Director
USTA Colorado & Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation
Blacktie has been instrumental in helping us to better organize and streamline every part of our event. From the selling of tickets, to the accounting, even down to sending 1099 letters to our donors. They are always willing to help and integrate new components, even if it means re-programming to fit our needs. I would strongly recommend Blacktie. I seriously do not know how we did this without them!
Wendi Swanson , Director of Development
Resurrection Christian School
I have been meaning to send this note for a week and a half and I'm finally getting around to it! Thank you so much for all of your help in planning and implementing the Richmond Hope Foundations wine event. I really appreciated your help in navigating the Blacktie website and making it all come together. It was easy! You were easy to work with and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Blacktie. Thank you for your helping make my experience stress free!
Richmond Hope Foundation
Our MASH fundraiser that we held on Nov. 6 was very successful and the Blacktie system really made our lives much easier. It was a lifesaver -- I especially would have been very stressed attempting to collect and account for everything without it.
Arizona Assistance in Healthcare
Hi Kenton, I want to let you know what a pleasure it has been to work with Kurt for our live auction event. He truly made himself available to us, never hesitated to answer any of our questions (and there were many!), and was very pleasant to work with. As new members to Blacktie Colorado we were unfamiliar with every aspect of the system and Kurt truly made the use of your software easy for us. Our business office, development office and volunteers were all impressed with your event tools and are looking forward to using your system for our annual dinner event in the spring. Thank you again! Best, Sheryl Feiler
Sheryl Feiler , Special Events and Annual Giving Manager
Denver Jewish Day School (Formerly Herzl/RMHA)
As the Business Manager and responsible for the payment for registration, the process is working great. My compliments to you and your organization.
Cindy J. Boger , Business Manager
Denver Jewish Day School
Billie was a gem. We'd like to get a CD of her pics so we can post them and also make an album for 2010.Thanks!! And thank you for the terrific service. BT is a pleasure to work with.
Natalie Rekstad-Lynn , Founder
Salon du Musée
It appears our profit from Friday’s event may exceed $25,000, which is more than we dreamed. Thanks for your help and support. The auction tool was truly helpful.
The Community Kitchen
The auction turned out to be big, and the expedite checkout system was great!
Laurie Wagner , Event Manager, Greenway Connections 2010
Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership
Myra, That's "knock your socks off" service! Thank you! Sharon
"Everything with Black Tie was amazing. I truly appreciate your help and hope to use you again next year."
R Baby Foundation
"The Western Fantasy photos turned out great! You captured so much of the fun that was happening. This is what makes folks want to attend these events. The gala raised one million dollars for VOA. One of the reasons Western Fantasy continues to raise so much money is directly attributable to our friends in the media. Your coverage of the many events makes this a high profile event that people want to be a part of year after year." Joni Baird, U.S. BANK Lynne Valencia - 9News Tracey Ulmer - Denver Newspaper Agency
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA
"Thank you so much for covering our Secret Chef Project PAVE dinner. We raised twice as much as last year. It was a lovely evening and your coverage and photos are wonderful."
“Why Blacktie? It evens the playing field. No matter how big or small your non-profit it is, the exposure Blacktie provides puts you out in front of the world!”
THE CHANDA PLAN FOUNDATION
“We could not work to our core mission nearly as well as we do without Blacktie. They help us with just about everything on our events and fundraising and we could not have found a better partner to make an investment in”
Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas
CARSON J SPENCER FOUNDATION
"The auction went great!!! Looks like we raked in $50k for the charities we support. I think the league is going to want me to run the whole thing next year - so much for working hard...more work - lol. Thanks so much again for all your help!'
Chagrin Valley Women's League
"We just had our event last week and let me tell you...having our ticket sales on Blacktie made things sooooo much easier!"
"I just wanted to say thank you for all your help with getting me organized for our event yesterday...Kurt was instrumental and very patient whenever I called him for support...I love your software. It made my job so much easier this year!"
Jill Baldauf , Development Officer
Hospice of Saint John of Colorado
"We’re really enjoying getting to know what Blacktie has to offer and are finding it beneficial."
Laurie Wagner , Director of Development and Marketing
Rebuilding Together Metro Denver
"Kind, caring, and dependable! We consider Ginny and Blacktie valued member of our family and will continue to work with and promote our relationship"
Children's Home Society of Florida
"We’ve already had several folks use your website to order tables and individual tickets and it’s been very easy to navigate!"
Judy Keane , Public Affairs Project Manager
Maricopa Integrated Health System
"Thank you and your staff so very much for your responsiveness and support. Blacktie was a valuable tool in making our annual Wine, Women & Jazz event such a success. You are the non-profit community's best friend. All the best!"
Arizona Women's Partnership
"It is my genuine pleasure to thank you for all the wonderful work you have done for Hispanic Unity of Florida. Your success has created so much of our own success. I wanted to share with you how beneficial every single tool you have provided to us is and how Blacktie helped us raise more dollars for our community, especially during our last annual gala. On-line RSVP's, auctions, donations and table seating are certainly a valuable tool to make an event successful. Event coverage has leveraged a number of positive reactions to the event and generated more interest for our organization. Your work of expertise has improved Hispanic Unity's image, branding and public relations. I commend you and your team for the great effort and collaboration we have received from Blacktie."
Hispanic Unity of Florida
"We are a small two person non-profit and were introduced to Blacktie early in our tenure last year. True, we had a donor database and a database for programs, but in facing our upcoming events we knew we had no resources to support all the elements for our gala event. Enter Blacktie! Here was the event resource support tool we needed! This system provided an on-line registration tool, an auction items database and an event check-out system that really worked for us. Our attendees complimented us on these elements that had been problems at previous events. We also appreciated the way Blacktie helped train us and our volunteers and worked with us as we made corrections and adjustments after the event. Thank you for having the resources we needed!"
Rae Thiede , Executive Director
Spare Key of Minnesota
“I am not much of a techie gal and was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to navigate the system. It is so easy – and the reports are great. The best thing about Blacktie is that everything is one place – tickets, tables, money, even a gift shop! I can then take that information and import it into my big data base! “
Clare Housing of Minnesota
"I use Blacktie because it simplifies the registration process for events. Guests are able to register online in a quick and simple manner. The simple newsletter feature is also a great way for a non-profit to get its message to constituents. Blacktie has certainly made my job easier!"
“Many charitable organizations rely on volunteers to produce fundraising events because of limited staff. The website services of Blacktie provide staff and volunteers the professional framework necessary for a successful event. We have contracted with Blacktie for the last several years for our annual Gala and often recommend that our local charities do the same thing.”
Truman Heartland Community Foundation
"We are excited to be using Blacktie services for our upcoming Silent Auction. Not only will item entry be much easier, but we are also looking forward to the worksheets and reports we will be able to generate from the information we enter into the program. This will be a huge time saver for us!"
Angie Cooper , Education Consultant
Kansas School for the Deaf
"Blacktie has been a tremendous help to us. We would never be able to offer these services or get these rates without Blacktie. Thank you for being here."
LifeBanc of Cleveland
"Thank you for coming to the event. Your photographer took terrific pictures! I will send the link to the attendees tomorrow when I will receive the final list. I think it is such a great way to say thank-you to everyone in an e-mail and then surprise them with the link to the pictures! Great job!"
Pam Gaber , Founder/President
Gabriel's Angels, Arizona
"Myra is the ultimate in contacts and connections throughout the Valley, and we have greatly benefited from her ongoing matchmaking services, so to speak, in connecting us to exactly the kind of leadership and services we need. There are not enough superlatives in this world to describe either Myra or Blacktie!"
Int'l Cancer Advocacy Network of AZ
"The Blacktie photographer was so very gracious at the Dancing with the Stars Arizona event. Thank you so much for the photos you took and have posted to Blacktie!"
Jamie Craig Dove , Development Director
Arizona Kidney Foundation
"We would like to continue with the service. We have grown with Blacktie so much in the last year, and want to build on what we have begun, in terms of reaching out to donors through the e-blasts and through on-line giving. Thanks to your efforts in helping us with our marathon webpage, we've raised over $5,000."
Heath Blumstein , Development Director
Free Arts of Arizona
"I cannot thank you enough for helping me out with all my questions on the name tags. The name tags turned out just great. I knew that I would not have a chance to work on this during the day after a certain point. I cannot thank you enough for your prompt attention to my questions and I am in awe of your capabilities in solving the technical issues. You made my evening go so much more smoothly last night that I actually got to go to bed before midnight!" Once again, many, many thanks.
IFDA of Arizona
Becoming members at Blacktie has proven to be a great investment... the one that initially attracted CIHAD was the electronic seating chart for planning galas and dinners...It was great to have this invaluable tool at our disposal.
Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation of Colorado
“Blacktie was a great service to Friendship Bridge. We were very happy with the story and photos taken by Blacktie for our special event and felt that the publicity generated from Blacktie helped our event succeed. Moreover, this as the first year we had a total sell-out and had to turn people away. We greatly appreciated the ease of the nametags printed for Friendship Bridge as they greatly facilitated the successful and streamlined registration process for our event as well as the on-line registration. The ability to have on-line payment services has definitely made it easier for our patrons to make reservations. Thank you Blacktie for your services.”
Friendship Bridge of Colorado
“Our investment in the services of Blacktie has allowed us to expand our fund-raising activities without drastically raising our costs. We utilize Blacktie's on-line ticket purchasing capability for our benefit concerts, added their on-line donation capability to our website, and we have used their on-line Bow-tique to sell a fund-raising item. We have found the Blacktie people extremely helpful and responsive even when we didn't know the right question to ask! They have given us great ideas and helpful tips on how we might best utilize their services even further.”
The Women's Resource Center of Colorado
”Thank you so much for the very nice article and pictures about our 25th Anniversary Luncheon on Thursday. As Executive Director, I really appreciate the opportunity to get the word out about our organization in such a nice way. I am so glad we were able to register our event beforehand with you as well. Keep up the good work!”
“Just spent the last half hour on the Blacktie site. It is wonderful! Browsed through many of the past parties and bought a few pictures. Thank you so much for continuing to make this such a wonderful addition to the community!”
Colorado Member, Blacktie
“The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is extremely pleased with its first-time working with Blacktie! For our 15th Anniversary, we produced two new ticketed events and needed a means to not only convey large amounts of data but to capture and manage it as well. The services offered by Blacktie accomplished all goals and more. The entire staff of Blacktie was 100% committed to helping us ensure the excellence that people have come to expect from our event. The support and service of Blacktie greatly eased and enhanced the production of our new events.”
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Colorado
"Blacktie really does help non-profits and the people who support non-profits. You make it easy to post events, receive responses and make our supporters happy. Thank you for your terrific service and your great staff!"
The Gabby Krause Foundation of Colorado
“One of the important goals of the Design Council is to raise acquisition funds for The Department of Architecture, Design & Graphics at the Denver Art Museum. For a very nominal cost, Blacktie provides us with the capability of ticketing larger events than we could otherwise handle. The flexible data management is also very helpful and allows us to create reports at a keystroke that would take hours to create ourselves. Thank you Blacktie.”
Design Council, Denver Art Museum
“We at Court Appointed Special Advocates-CASA of the First Judicial District of Colorado have been successfully using Blacktie services for years. It is the only "membership" that we deem essential to our continued success with regard to non-profit fundraising. Over the course of our relationship with Blacktie we have employed not only the event listing and marketing services, but have enhanced our events with myriad of silent and live auction and on-line programs that are available to member non-profits. Our Board and Staff have engaged in the Blacktie sponsored programs and we have been very successful in utilizing Blacktie for both marketing, as well as, community networking. We strongly endorse Blacktie and routinely recommend it to other non-profit organizations without reservation. Blacktie has been, and continues to be, a tremendous asset to our program.”
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
"We in the Denver mid-century modern neighborhood LOVE Blacktie! We have a Home Tour in Krisana Park every year to benefit the arts program at nearby Ellis Elementary, and Blacktie's online ticketing makes our event go smoothly and efficiently. We are very grateful that such an organization exists to support Colorado's non-profit community."
Ellis Elementary, Denver, Colorado
“I just wanted to let you know how happy we have been with the services we have received from Blacktie. After years of "thinking about" becoming members, we finally joined last year. At the time, we signed up for only one year so we could give you guys a chance and see what we thought (there were many amongst us that thought for sure, it was a one time deal). .. .lo and behold, we are now renewing our membership for TWO YEARS! It has been so cool to have photographers at our major events - not only do our donors and event attendees love to see their pictures on the website, but National Jewish appreciates the exposure it gets, too! And working with the staff has been a wonderful experience - your response time to any inquiry is immediate, friendly, and helpful (not something you see a lot of these days . . .). I look forward to working with you over the next two years! Please feel free to share my email address and/or phone number to anyone who may be "on the fence" about joining!”
National Jewish Medical and Research Center
“Blacktie has added a new dimension to our event by placing our photos on the Blacktie website and giving us new recognition to folks who might not know who we are. Woofers and purrs to a job well done!”
Maxfund Animal Adoption Center of Colorado
“In an effort to spread the word about Harrison Memorial’s upcoming events and fundraising efforts, we have found Blacktie’s email blast software to be extremely useful and effective. We love having the ability to designate categories for my email addresses so we can choose who we want to receive our blasts. Furthermore, it is helpful to see who has opened the emails and, even better, who has forwarded the emails! In fact, we received more RSVP responses for a recent event from the email blasts we sent that our hard copy invitations!! Thanks for providing this option for promoting our event!!!”
Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital of Colorado
“I want to let you know how very helpful, efficient, and wonderful it is to be a part of Blacktie. Since joining we've ticketed events, held fundraising campaigns, and tracked donations online. The staff at Blacktie is remarkable, always calling back promptly, assisting with questions, finding answers, and making the process user friendly. Our non-profit has grown in awareness and in funds since joining Blacktie and we are grateful for your service. Thank you!”
Shining Stars Foundation of Colorado
“Blacktie is an amazing service!!! We have had a membership in the past, but we never really utilized all Blacktie has to offer. Douglas and Robin from Blacktie came down to our office and met with us and made sure that we knew exactly what we were getting for our money and how they were going to work for us and support us. The process for getting started has been very easy. All of our questions are answered the same day, sometimes the same hour. We really feel as though we have a partner in the community. The back office of black tie is so easy to use and understand. We are utilizing Blacktie for our Silent Auction and Cocktail party for presale of tickets and items. We will be using Blacktie for other events throughout the year, whether it is to advertise, collect money or just use it to RSVP. Our volunteers love how easy it is to pay for a ticket, which is so important to us when carrying out an event.”
Colorado Youth at Risk