Cancer Support Community

Cancer support community hybrid fundraising event

We were happy to partner with the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis on their Hope After Dark celebration.

What an evening! A terrific hybrid event with guests both at Palm Health under the tent and a number of watch parties throughout the area coming together to support people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

Hybrid events provide the best of both worlds – a setting where guests can attend a live event while those at home can watch the night unfold live from the comfort of home and watch parties through a streaming platform.


Cancer support community: video testimonial

Absolutely incredible company.  We could never have pulled off a successful hybrid fundraiser during Covid without Utopia.”

-Lori Thaman, Executive Director


Combined,  a live platform and video streaming increased the opportunity for even greater attendance than the traditional fundraiser.

So how did Utopia help plan and produce the Hope After Dark Gala?


1. Multiple cameras duplicated the experience for viewers tuned in via the live stream. A roaming camera added an interactive element to make virtual viewers feel as if they were there, in the action!

2. Screens and speakers throughout the tent gave everyone in attendance a great view and balanced sound.

3. Our production team created the run of show and program. We helped structure both live speakers and pre-recorded segments at various places throughout the program to create a succinct, powerful message.

4. Utopia’s technicians and production team worked to help manage bidding platforms, production and work with Cancer Support to oversee the event from practice run-throughs – to staffing the event and live stream the night of the gala.

The results:  Fundraising goals were exceeded beyond expectations!  No better testimony to the success of the hybrid format than the Hope After Dark gala!

You did an amazing job – such a fun evening and it seemed effortless from your production standpoint!  We’ve had great comments from our donors and board, so appreciate all the efforts your team did to make it happen.”  

-Sharon K. Clark, Development Director


At GiveSmart, we provide fundraising technology for fundraisers across the country. We love partnering with Utopia Entertainment to support nonprofits who are hosting virtual or live-streamed fundraisers, because Utopia’s production quality and high-touch service lead to engaging virtual events with amazing fundraising results. They are truly top-of-the-line.

Eric Newman

Director of Operations, GiveSmart

“It’s really great because my colleagues have been watching hundreds of videos and this is the best one they’ve seen yet.”

Shannon Mays

Fundraising Auctioneer, Raising Paddles


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