Starry Starry Night – A Fundraising Gala Dinner

  • Published: March 29, 2017

Starry Starry Night – A Fundraising Gala Dinner

Event Details: Fundraising Gala Dinner

Event Date: November 2016

1 designer, 6 crew, 1 truck

This was the third year Empire Red had been involved in the annual Fundraising Gala Dinner for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. We love working with the Peter Jones Special Events team consequently seeing this event evolve over time.

As a child focused charity, working lots of colour into the event is always a key feature. We are keen to give each year’s event its own personality while keeping to the formal nature of the night. The 2016 event was inspired by the moving patterns of a kaleidoscope and the grandeur of Gothic stained glass windows.

First of all, the hero of this event was undoubtedly the ceiling feature and matching stage facade. A total of 367 individual perspex panels, framed with black aluminium made up the features. Crew members suspended the panels together, creating the illusion of stained glass. The central ceiling feature hung above as coloured lights danced across the room and walls. The six meter panels echoed the grandeur of a cathedral ceiling, creating the perfect backdrop for some amazing performances.

Custom designed centrepieces coordinated with the hanging features. Our black cube centrepieces were repurposed and  transformed into light boxes with the use of custom printed inserts. The illuminated centrepieces cast a cocktail of bright and happy colours across Crown Palladium. An important design consideration was a centrepiece that incorporated an existing item but that was customisable for the event. As a result, this design both reduced waste and kept the event on focus; raising funds for the foundation.

Almost 1000 guests attended the annual fundraising gala dinner, consequently raising approximately $750,000 for the worthy cause. CEO Lesley Podesta said of the night, “The funds raised will go towards our valuable programs and will continue to help us keep children across Australia safe from violence and bullying.”


Event Management: Peter Jones Special Events 

Venue: Palladium, Crown Melbourne

Event Design: Empire Red

Photography: Vicki Jones – VJP