Hosting a local talent show is a great way not only to draw attention and raise awareness for the cause you are currently supporting, but it's also a fantastic way to bring the community together in the spirit of friendly competition, and to remind everyone what Rotarians stand for. Having your Rotary fundraiser talent show in a shopping center or mall is a great idea, and many shopping centers will donate the space needed. Not only do they like to be seen as helping charities, but also a talent show brings in much-needed shoppers. Drive this point home when you're scouting locations.
Get as many high-dollar sponsors as you can. Put together a sponsorship package for businesses who donate over a certain amount. Advertising space at the venue and on all printed materials is a standard package. If you can get the prizes donated, even better, as it will save you a lot of money on your Rotary fundraiser.
Be sure to advertise your Rotary fundraiser talent show well. Put up ads not only in local papers, but also in music shops, dance studios, and anywhere else talented people tend to hang out. High schools are also great places to find competitors, as everyone likes to see young people performing. Keep entry fees reasonable so a decent amount of people will enter. At the actual talent show, it's a great idea to make further efforts on your Rotary fundraiser by selling merchandise.
Food, drinks, and t-shirts are all good ideas, but you can have a brainstorming meeting to come up with even more creative ideas for your Rotary fundraiser.