There are marvelously gracious folks who buy table to fundraising events. Sometimes due to scheduling or just being worn out, they opt not to attend. Oh, so what’s a person to do with a paid-for-table?
Why, the smart and kindly types turn the table back to the charity for re-sale or to allow them to invite volunteers or students to attend in their place.
At a recent sold-out fashion show, an entire line of chairs in a section on the second row were empty. A luncheon that was bulging with nearly 1,000 in attendance had two entire tables all set with salads and desserts — but only one guest showed up.
Had these chairs and tables been returned to the organizations, they could have been resold or filled. As it was, the charity ended up paying for meals never eaten and there were black holes in worthy causes.