Marketing Charity With Art and Food

His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche's hand holds a vajra drawing lines that close the Hevajra Mandala, after the empowerment, Tharlam Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal [Photo by Wonderlane] (CC BY-SA 3.0)
You're invited! Dig in... [Photo by williamcho] (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The annual Art in the Garden event at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens is a great example of marketing charity with art. This event for the Random Acts of Flowers charity draws over 200 people to enjoy an evening of artfully prepared cuisine, cocktails and an art auction of regional works.

There was also live performance art and music for guests to enjoy. The Random Acts of Flowers charity recycles flowers from special events to create lovely bouquets for hospital and nursing home patients. They have made over 8,000 deliveries in eastern Tennessee to date.

Another example of marketing a charity with food is the Solstice Supper, also in Tennessee. This sell-out event to benefit CAC Beardsley Community Farm drew a large crowd to the Tomato Head restaurant for a special dinner featuring Beardsley’s produce.