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White Light Supports Stonewall Equality Dinner
UK – Every year, the Stonewall Equality Dinner raises money that contributes towards supporting the charity’s vital work in improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Britain and abroad. This year’s Dinner, supported by Aviva, was held at London Hilton on Park Lane. It was produced by events company Creventive who approached White Light to provide the complete technical solutions.
Stonewall exists to achieve real change for LGBT people and works towards a world in which all people are free to be themselves. Their annual Equality Dinner took place on Friday 24th March and was the second time that WL had provided the production support. It was overseen by WL’s project manager Tom Cass and Creative Producer Richard Stirzaker.
Richard states: “This is probably the biggest event in Stonewall’s calendar. While the main objective of the evening is to raise vital funds for Stonewall, it’s important to ensure that all of those in attendance have a memorable evening. Working with Creventive, we wanted to supply the technical solutions to achieve just this.”
When guests arrived on the evening, they were treated to a drinks reception in the Harvest Suite. They were then guided into the Grand Ballroom, which is one of the largest hotel ballrooms in Europe, where the main dinner took place.
Richard adds: “We supplied everything within the main space, from the latest lighting fixtures, to haze machines to a mirror ball! We wanted the evening to be as glitzy and glamorous as possible and our extensive range of equipment allowed us to achieve this.”
Following the dinner there was a silent auction which was held to raise funds for the charity. To support this, WL provided a PA system, microphones, loudspeakers along with projection screens on which the auctioned items were displayed.
With the Hilton Park Lane being one of the busiest event spaces in London, this meant WL had less than 24 hours in the space. Richard comments: “We got in at 6am on the Friday morning and completed the installation by 1pm. We then spent the entire afternoon testing the equipment and ensuring everything was ready for the evening. Once the dinner finished and the space was cleared (at around 2am) we began de-rigging and finished by 4am, meaning the space could be used for the next event on the Saturday evening.”
The event was a huge success, with guests such as Sir Ian McKellen in attendance, and ensured that vital funds were once again raised for the UK’s largest LGBT charity.
Jason Collins-Down, creative director at Creventive, comments: “WL were an absolute privilege to work with once again, delivering on time and on budget on what was a very high-profile event. We appreciate their fantastic support.”
The Stonewall Equality Dinner is one of the many charity events that WL has worked on this year alone, with the technical solution specialist having sponsored last month’s Teenage Cancer Trust SF Ball.
photos: Andy Tyler
7th April 2017
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