Miami Make-A-Wish: DECO Pulls Out All the Stops
For the 17th annual Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, DECO Productions pulled a multitude of tricks out of its back pocket to entertain and captivate the high-profile crowd of local luminaries and celebrities.
The over-the-top décor and attention to detail were designed to engage the crowd and motivate them to pull out their checkbooks to support the cause.
Themed Back and White, the evening was a delight of dramatic color and bold lighting. DECO built most of the sets and interior areas, creating “spaces within spaces” for intimate gatherings and conversations. Custom-built bars and walls fit into the Intercontinental Hotel’s ballroom for the cocktail reception, dinner, performances, dancing and after-party. And of course, there was plenty of action with silent and live auctions, which included prizes such as a 2012 McLaren MP-4-12C, a Bogosse Lifestyle travel package and a James Bond 007 experience.
The event is known as Miami’s “party of the century,” and raised more than $1.1 million this year for the organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
DECO’s creative director, Robert Torres, designed the grand entrance. Special effects included back lighting, movers and projections. Modern day oversized images in black and white set a sexy and sophisticated mood. Lighting services were provided by PSAV Presentation Services.
The ballroom walls were draped in white, and sidewalls received a black and white striped treatment. The décor also reflected a Capote style with two massive canvases on either side of the stage. Floral was provided by Bayfront Floral Decorators.
The all-white stage featured a backdrop with elaborate lighting.
DECO paid homage to the Roman Empire with a living bar staffed by gladiators.
One of the performers.
Dancers became part of the décor.