FAQs - Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala
Get ready for a fun night IN with GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer!
How do I sign up for this year’s Virtual Gala?
To sign-up, click here and fill in your contact information, along with any guests who will be participating with you, and you'll be added to this year's attendee list!
Does it cost anything to attend?
No, this year’s Virtual Gala is FREE to attend but you are welcome to make a donation to help continue GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer's programs towards increasing lung cancer survival.
Who Should Attend?
This event is for everyone! Whether you are a lung cancer survivor, family member, event sponsor, sponsor guest, donor, volunteer, healthcare professional, business partner or community member; everyone who loves GO2 Foundation and wants to help us celebrate advancements in lung cancer, and fund future advancements with our 15th annual event, is welcome.
What is a virtual gala?
A virtual gala is an event held entirely online. You can be a part of as much or as little of the event as you like!
Who does this event benefit?
Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala is the largest annual fundraiser for the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. All proceeds from the 2020 virtual gala will benefit the GO2 Foundation’s programs dedicated to ending stigma, increasing public and private research funding, and ensuring access to care to improve the lives of those vulnerable, at risk and diagnosed with lung cancer.
Learn more about the GO2 Foundation and how your support helps on our website.
What is the difference between becoming a sponsor and donating to the event?
As an event sponsor, you will receive additional benefits in exchange for your financial contribution to the gala, such as recognition on the event website and program. Both Corporate and Family sponsorships are available with this year’s virtual gala.
If you prefer not to receive additional recognition for your contribution, a donation is for you! You can donate through our website.
All sponsor and donation contributions to Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
Tell Me More About Event Day!
Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2020.
With Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala, there will be two ‘live’ activities:
(1) A Virtual Happy Hour where you can login and video chat with other guests from across the country! A link will be available on the gala event site to join in, or you can access the Virtual Happy Hour here.
- The Virtual Happy Hour begins at 5:30 PM PST/8:30 PM EST and lasts for one hour.
- It will be hosted on a platform called Gatherly. You will need a larger device, such as a laptop or tablet to participate.
- A few more notes:
(2) Live Gala Program
This is the main event where we will be announcing this year’s award winners, sharing stories and celebrating our lung cancer survivors and industry partners.
The Livestream of the Gala Live Program will begin at 6:30 PM PST/9:30 PM EST and will be accessible through links on the gala event site, or directly through YouTube Live or Facebook:
With the virtual event, you can do as much or as little as you like!
- You can visit the gala event site early and access the Virtual Photo Booth and Online Auction anytime on Saturday, November 14.
- You can make a day of it, dress up, cook a meal or order food in, invite others to join your celebration via ‘Zoom’ or another online platform.
- You can log in for one or both of the LIVE events beginning with the Virtual Happy Hour at 5:30 PM PST/8:30 PM EST. All activities will be linked to the gala event site.
How do I attend and access the virtual gala that night?
To attend the virtual gala, visit the gala event site, on Saturday, November 14. Links to all activities will be shared here.
You can also view the Gala Live Program which begins at 6:30 PM PST/9:30 PM EST through YouTube Live or on Facebook:
Can I use my smart phone to access the gala?
We advise you to use TWO devices on gala night:
- One larger electronic device, such as a smart TV, computer or laptop to view the live event program along with accessing the virtual happy hour and photo booth.
- A second device, such as a phone or tablet, to log into the online auction site and bid on auction items. If you RSVP'd, you will receive a text with instructions and a link to access the online auction site. Otherwise, the site will also be accessible from the gala event site.
When I tune in, will others be able to see me?
- For the Virtual Happy Hour, YES - This platform uses your device’s camera so you can video-chat with other participants throughout the social hour.
- For the Gala Live Program, NO - This is a one-way viewing experience. You will be able to view the gala live program and make comments and connect with others through the chat feature next to the video box on YouTube Live or Facebook.
What is the dress code?
We encourage you to dress in whatever way you are comfortable. Pull out your favorite dress or kickback in your comfiest sweats, whatever you prefer! You can use this as an excuse to dress up or embrace being at home and snuggle in, it’s YOUR night!
If you have others you will be celebrating with, consider giving your gala night a theme, such as ‘Old Hollywood’ where you dress up as your favorite stars and starlets, cook or order-in a fancy meal and play classic tunes from that era. You can do as much or as little as you like! Click here for more ideas.
What is the Virtual Happy Hour?
The Virtual Happy Hour is an hour-long social hour beginning at 5:30 PM PST/8:30 PM EST that will be held on a virtual platform called Gatherly. This will be accessible from the gala event site. Once you login, you will enter a virtual ‘room’ where you can chat with other participants through your video feed on your computer.
You will need to use a larger device, such as a laptop or tablet and we recommend you download the Google Chrome web browser prior to event night, to use for accessing the Gatherly site. Once you have downloaded Google Chrome, test out the Gatherly site before gala night!
- Link to download Google Chrome
- Link to Gatherly Video tutuorial
- Link to Gatherly FAQs
- View and Download Gatherly Attendee Instructions
What is a Virtual Photo Booth?
The virtual photo booth is a website where you can take a selfie with your computer or phone, using special backgrounds and frames made exclusively for Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala. You can be dressed up or dressed down for comfort, on your own or with a group!
The photo booth will be available all day on Saturday, November 14, and is accessible through the gala event site. Once your photo is taken, you can have it emailed or texted to you and it will also scroll on the site for others view. When you share on social media, we encourage you to use #go2gala and #beatlungcancer and to tag us @go2foundation!
What is True Blue Chance?
True Blue Chance is the opportunity to win a pair of 14k White Gold Custom Diamond Dangle Earrings generously donated by Geoffrey's Diamonds and Goldsmith (retail value: $67,000).
You can purchase entries by emailing Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the online auction site which will be open beginning on Friday, November 13. View and download the True Blue Chance flyer.
What is the Online Auction?
With the online auction, you can bid on items or experiences that have been donated exclusively to Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala through an online platform called Greater Giving.
When you RSVP for the event, you will be asked for your mobile phone number which we will use to send you a link to access the online auction site. You can also access the online auction site through the gala event site beginning on Friday, November 13!
What is a 'watch party'?
A watch party is a new way for people to watch an event together either online or at your home with a small group of family, friends or co-workers. You can watch the event and share the watch link with family and friends, near and far, to watch online as well!
- View and download instructions for a Facebook watch party
- Link to YouTube Live to share: https://youtu.be/lZAhJixeMLk
- Link to GO2 Foundation Facebook Page
Tune in and share pictures on social media--be sure to use #go2gala and tag us @go2foundation--it’s our chance to all celebrate together!
Can I share the event on social media?
Yes! You can help us promote this year’s event so we can expand our reach for increasing lung cancer survivorship. Consider sharing with your friends and family, on social media, via email or by text! Here is some sample language you can use:
Join me for a fun night IN on Saturday November 14. GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer is hosting its 15th annual Simply the Best Gala and this year, we don’t have to go anywhere to attend! We can dress up in our favorite outfits, prepare or order-in a delicious meal and join others across the country for a virtual celebration for all those affected by lung cancer.
RSVP for free or donate at https://bit.ly/go2gala. There will also be a virtual networking happy hour prior to the start of the main event. I hope to ‘see’ you there!
Join me and @GO2Foundation in the fight against #lungcancer by supporting Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala on 11/14/20. Together, we can #BeatLungCancer! RSVP for free or Donate today at https://bit.ly/go2gala. #go2gala
Join me for Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala on 11/14/20 to help increase lung cancer survival! RSVP for free at https://bit.ly/go2gala.
Tell me more about the Online Auction!
When does the online auction begin?
The online auction opens on Friday, November 13 at 12 PM Noon PST.
When does bidding close?
The online auction will close on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 10:00 PM PST.
How do I access the online auction?
If you RSVP'd, you will receive a text with a link to the auction site, Greater Giving, or you can also use this link to enter and start bidding!
What types of items are included in this year's auction?
This year’s Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala Online Auction includes exclusive items and experiences. We are honored to provide you with a curated selection of items to bid on to help improve survivorship! Check out the items here!
In addition to the auction items, through the auction site, you can also get chances to win our True Blue Chance item, a pair of 14k White Gold Custom Diamond Dangle Earrings generously donated by Geoffrey's Diamonds and Goldsmith (retail value: $67,000). Click here for more information.
When will auction winners be announced?
You will be emailed if you have won any items after bidding closes. The one exception is the True Blue Chance winner who will be announced during the Gala Live Program which begins at 6:30 PM PST/9:30 PM EST.
How do I complete my auction purchase?
The system will notify you when the auction closes and if you are a winner. Only auction winners will have their credit cards processed for payment of their auction item purchase.
If you make a donation through the auction site, your donation payment will be processed immediately.
How will I receive my auction item(s) if I win?
We will ship your item to your door or drop off your item if you are local to the San Francisco, CA area.
What about donating to the event?
How do I donate online?
Click here to make an online donation through our secure website to this year’s Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. All sponsor and donation contributions to Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
Can I donate through the mail?
Yes! To make a donation through the mail, please complete this form and mail to our East Coast PO Box:
GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer
Attn: GO2 Gala
PO Box 418372
Boston, MA 02241-8372
Will I receive a receipt?
Yes, when you donate online and provide a valid email address, you will receive an emailed receipt for your contribution. Please print this email for your records.
If you make a donation of over $250, and provide a valid mailing address, you will also receive a donation receipt through the mail.
I can’t tune in on November 14. Can I make a financial gift?
Thanks for asking! Yes, you can donate on our secure webpage.
What will my donation support?
Simply the Best XV Virtual Gala is the largest annual fundraiser for the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. All proceeds from the event will benefit the GO2 Foundation’s programs dedicated to ending stigma, increasing public and private research funding, and ensuring access to care to improve the lives of those vulnerable, at risk and diagnosed with lung cancer.