It is that time of year again and we have once again been honored to have our Charleston gala lighting center front in our presenting sponsorship for the 2015 Chase After a Cure Gala. One of our most exciting events of each year, the Chase After a Cure gala is an opportunity for our various talents and teams at AV Connections to truly show off.
This year the theme of the gala was An Evening in Paris. Beginning months before, we created custom Gobo lighting effects for the interior and exterior of the Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston, SC. Each year the Chase gala welcomes four hundred guests and it is the charitiy’s primary fundraising effort of the year. Consequently, we truly need to create a stunning and memorable atmosphere; without fail it has to be a party to remember. We planned for nearly one thousand yards of custom draping for the floor to ceiling effect you see here. Then added uplighting in a palate of carefully selected color tones, some twenty in all. We moved on to create the custom log effects and specialty stage lighting for the evening’s entertainment. After weeks of preparation and custom products being shipped in, it was time.
This year we loaded into the Memminger the day before which was a great change for us. In previous years when the locations were only available day-of, we began the event set up at 4:30 am. In those instances, we are on site from 4:30 am until 2 am the next day. It is just what has to be done and to accomplish the task, we pull in additional crews from our North Carolina AV Connections office.
Joined by a complement of AV Connections lighting and AV techs, as well as our senior management, we created another incredible gala for Chase After A Cure, a charity close to our hearts for personal reasons. We are moved and humbled by their mission and always glad to be a presenting sponsor of this event.