I'm on the board of the Center of Hope and Healing, a nonprofit mental health counseling center for which my best friend, Donovan Akita, MFT, is Executive Director. Donovan recently took over this institution, restructuring it and creating a new board. This was his first fund-raising event in this capacity and AOO Events was thrilled to donate our planning and design services as well as cover much of the costs.
The event was held at my house and so many friends pitched in (who I'll tell you about thoughout this post). AOO's Nick Gentile served as event producer and he generously gave of his free time to make this event a success. In the end, we raised more than $10,000, and learned a lot in the process. I've been producing fundraisers for many years, but when you are actually part of raising the funds, there is an entirely different set of things to take into consideration.
Here is the beautiful Los Angeles night I was telling you about. You couldn't ask for a clearer night sky or more perfect temperature. The lighting was donated by Curt Stahl of Images by Lighting. I loved the pink uplighted trees. They really popped. And, no need to adjust your screen! Those little little green dots you see are from two Bliss Laser Lights that we positioned on the roof.
Arriane Alexander was the the musical performer for the evening as well as the emcee! We created a stage, thanks to draping from Bam, on the upper balcony around the pool area to give the best viewing position from anywhere in the house. A lounge on the rest of the deck created an intimate setting for the audience.
Donovan Akita addressing the audience and thanking them.
We projected the logo into the pool, the perfect, central place for it.
Here's a better look at the event layout.
Thanks to everyone for making this event great and helping the Center for Hope and Healing. Please take a moment to get to know the organization. You can donate to it anytime through the "donate" button on the site. Any donation will be helpful to this very worthy cause.
A heart-felt thank you to:
Images By Lighting
Town and County Event Rentals
Laurel Airica, Word Magic