Serendip Children’s Home
(regd. charity no. 1133461 / www.serendipchildrenshome.com)
Charity Annual Gala 2016
BLACKLOTUSPROJECT was tasked with a full design and delivery service for the Serendip Children’s Home Annual Charity Gala 2016. As a charity, their brief was threefold; design an immersive, awareness raising dinner & dance, deliver value for money for 500 paying ticketed guests, maximise donations, all while working within tight budget constraints. In short, a six-hour event packed with immersive, interactive, awareness-raising fun!
We felt the culinary journey was central to the success of the event and the team designed a menu of Sri Lankan food, in resonance with the country in which Serendip operates; traditional ‘short eats’ to start, followed by a buffet main course and desserts.
The entertainment design was a particularly interesting challenge, balancing modern and traditional staged dance acts, theatrical performances and musicians as well as speeches, raffle draw and DJ set to finish.
Venue design was kept co-ordinated with the charity core colours of fuchsia and purple. With dressed tables, floristry, full linen service, lighting and informational, interactive displays of Serendip’s work in Sri Lanka, the venue was sumptuously designed to impress.
On-the-day management of the event was overseen by our event manager and a team of 30. From dressing the venue to coordinating the waiting and bar staff, cloakroom management, door and raffle ticket sales, kitchen management and food service, stage management and clear up was undertaken by the team at BLACKLOTUSPROJECT.
CELEBRITY / VIP ENGAGEMENT
Jean Lambert MEP was invited as a guest speaker as well as the local mayor, councillors and other politicos.