Make sure there is free alcohol. You need to entertain people with humongous amounts of alcohol at the charity auction so that they don’t get bored. An open bar will provide them an incentive to stay and enjoy themselves. On the other hand, you can have different brands of alcohol and some particular brands are not that important, as long as the guests can choose to drink whenever they want to.
People do not like sitting next to an unknown person and they always prefer sitting next to a close friend or acquaintance. As a result, remember to arrange the seating with reference to how well guests know each other at the event. You can put friends and acquaintance with each other so they enjoy the charity auction even more. This will make them comfortable and they will bid freely at the auction without any hint of unease.
Type of auctions
Then there comes the debate of whether you should go with silent auction or live auction. Both auctions are very effective for the fundraising but too much of any of these is going to have a negative effect on your earnings. If all things are set up as a silent auction, guests will get disinterested and would not prefer to donate as freely.
On the other hand, with live auctions a lot of these will make the people wait for too long for the auction of their demand, and this will cause boredom as well. Therefore, there should be a mix of both to make people happy and willing to donate.