Radys Children’s Hospital Benefit Gala

Every year I look forward to participating in the planning of the Radys Children’s Hospital Auxiliary – Rancho Santa Fe unit Benefit Gala. It is so rewarding to plan such an amazing event  for an organization that does everything it can for every single sick child that walks through its doors.

With every passing year, we have been taking the gala to the next level, and this year is no exception!  Broadway Nights,  will forever be one of my favorites!

Upon arrival, guests were transported into a surreal broadway dream, complete with a living read carpet!  Red velvet curtains draped the entry ways as guests walked along the red carpet to the cocktail area. The cocktail hour and silent auction was held in the Capella Ballroom. Each table in the Capella Ballroom had a centerpiece that paid homage to the popular Broadway play, Phantom of the Opera.

Once cocktail hour was over, guests took their seats in the transformed ballroom. Rich red drapery lined the  ElizabethBallroom, but the focal point was the “Broadway” sign. The marquis  “Broadway” sign was huge, lighting up the whole room and  contributed the vintage and authentic ambiance.

The Broadway theme even carried over to the menu – which was designed to resemble a Playbill. The room was lit up by romantic candlelight and accented with white florals.

One of the things I liked about the design of the ballroom was the use of different chairs. Some chairs were gold art deco style chairs, while others were solid black with more of a modern style.

Guests were not prepared for the Broadway surprises of the night. They had no idea that they would be experiencing not one, but four of the best Broadway plays! The LED wall behind the stage changed with the performances, making it seem like each short performance was an actual play!

As the evening started and guests took their seats, the cast of, “The Lion King” walked through the crowd and onto the stage, performing the most famous Lion King song.

After the Lion King, the cast of Wicked took the stage followed by Les Miserables.

The last performance by the cast of the Jersey Boys was an excellent closer for the live performance portion of the night. Guests got out of their seats and sang along and danced with the lively cast.

I love that guests were able to enjoy the hits from not one, but FOUR Broadway plays!  Guests were kept guessing which play was going to come next, and were excited to see all of the impressive acts, creating a great energy for the rest of the night.

The party continued in the Capella Ballroom with a dance floor and DJ. Guests danced to their favorite songs and enjoyed sliders and other yummy appetizers.

The gala and silent auction raised an exceptional  amount of  funds and awareness for a great cause, and every year I am grateful that I get to be a part of it!

Living Red Carpet/ Champagne Diva Dress – Creative Champagne Group — Chair Rentals – Hire Elegance — Chargers- BBK Linen — Event Decor – Pacific Event Production — Entertainment and AV: Imagination Entertainment — Photographer – Emilio Azvedo — Venue – The Fairemont Grand Del Mar