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IFEA Foundation Auction

IFEA Foundation Auction

Our primary, annual fundraising event, the IFEA Foundation Auction is an all- important source of support that allows us to confidently provide convention scholarships to many new and aspiring professionals who will become the next generation of industry leadership and to those deserving organizations working to build a solid and successful foundation for their festivals, events and communities. The funds raised also support our capabilities to provide and host top-quality industry presenters, speakers and programming, helping us to raise the bar for everyone in our global industry.

Dia de los Muertos Gala Celebration & Live Auction

On Tuesday night, October 10th, join us for a very special experience. El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased friends and relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. While the holiday is officially celebrated each years in late October -- early November, with the help of the City of McAllen, celebration of this special holiday will be extended to include the IFEA Convention dates throughout the city. According to tradition, during el Dia de los Muertos, the gates of heaven are opened so that treasured family and friends can return for a special remembrance of those continued relationships and the ripple effects that they have had on us all.

Beginning the evening -- under the watchful eye of La Catrina (who symbolizes the cycle of life, and a reminder to enjoy life, but also embrace death) with a toast to treasured friends lost, from the McAllen Convention Center we will join together for a celebration procession to the McAllen Performing Arts Center where we will enjoy dinner, followed by a very special cultural performance in this beautiful state-of-the-art-facility, and dessert.

A memorable night, to benefit a meaningful cause, festive-dressy-casual is the attire for the event. Photo ops and activities to add to your celebration look will be available on-site, together with opportunities to bind on extended weekend stays, exclusive VIP opportunities and behind-the-scenes interactions within our Live Auction/Ultimate Experience packages. The winner of our Ultimate Experience Getaway will be drawn and announced just prior to the Live Auction's start, and for those find themselves on the short end of any bids during the night, we encourage you to consider donating to the ongoing memories of good friends lost, helping us to reach our annual goal of exceeding the previous year's success.

Best of all, the IFEA Foundation Dia de los Muertos Gala Celebration & Live Auction is included at no extra charge as part of your convention registration! So, mark your calendar now and plan to be there for this can't miss celebration!

IFEA Foundation Auction is Now Open!


Important Dates:

  • TUE. 09/19/2023 10:00 AM CDT -- Online Auction Opens
  • TUE. 09/19/2023 10:00 AM CDT -- Ultimate Experience Ticket Sales Start
  • TUE. 10/10/2023 6:30 - 10:30 PM CDT -- Dia de los Muertos Gala Celebration & Live Auction
  • TUE. 10/10/2023 6:00 PM CDT -- Online Auction Closes
  • TUE. 10/10/2023 6:00 PM CDT -- Ultimate Experience Online Ticket Sales Close
  • TUE. 10/10/2023 8:00 PM CDT -- Ultimate Experience Onsite Ticket Sales Close

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