How do virtual fundraisers for Chattanooga nonprofits compare to the in-person events of years past?

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Everybody loves a gala: the excuse to gussy up and hobnob, to bid on live auctions and listen to moving testimonies from guest speakers.

At these events, goodwill flows as freely as cocktails from the open bar - and donations usually do, too.

"It's easy to get caught up in the moment when you're having fun," Lynda Minks Hood offers as to why galas are so good at raising money for charitable causes.

Hood is executive director of the Chattanooga Bar Association and a patron of more than a dozen local fundraising events each year, from Erlanger's Believe Bash to the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women luncheon.

The causes she chooses to support are personal to her, she says, while her commitment to the circuit stems from a sense of responsibility to her community.