Commit to a Committee
Typically, putting together a gala takes a village, especially if you're planning a fundraiser that involves such time-consuming matters as ticket sales and marketing. So, as the planner, one of the first things you'll want to do is put together a committee so that you have the help you need.
Ideally, different people will head up each major aspect of the event. You can even divide up your main committee into smaller ones, which consist of staff or volunteers that oversee the bigger parts of the event such as ticket sales, sponsorships, programs, entertainment and decorations.