If you want an event done well, get some high school students. Specifically, ask for Dave Robinson's class at Port Perry High School in Port Perry, Ontario.

The seniors in Robinson's business course have raised about $40,000 through planning and implementing events, ranging from a haunted house to a theatrical production. Each event requires setting objectives, selecting a venue, designing a theme, establishing timelines, conducting research, and developing a sponsorship prospectus.

A portion of each event's profits go to charity; the rest stays within the school for various programs, such as one that sent students to France for the 2004 ceremonies commemorating D-Day.

SOURCE: Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM, Imagination+ Meeting Planners Inc., Toronto