Before and After - AIN Bloomin Ball at the Hilton Anatole Grand Ballroom

The Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole prior to
set up for the AIN Bloomin Ball 2012.
Event production is about more than just delivering and setting up equipment... it involves working closely with the client to develop a floorplan, create a design, and execute a vision for the event.

Setup is underway, with staging conforming to the floorplan,
and lighting and audio installations underway for
the 2012 AIN Bloomin Ball at the Hilton Anatole Grand Ballroom.
The 2012 "Bloomin Ball - Sowing the Seeds of Hope" marks the fourth year that Dallas Light and Sound has provided production services for this seated dinner gala for 500. Now in its second year at the Hilton Anatole Grand Ballroom, it was important this year to leverage prior experience of producing the event in the Grand Ballroom, while striving to provide a fresh visual experience for patrons. Everyone involved in the event worked diligently to elevate the experience for 2012, which included an interpretative dance performance for the first time.

The Performance Stage is ready to welcome the band and
eight vocalists to perform at Bloomin Ball 2012
at the Hilton Anatole Grand Ballroom.
Pulling the event's signature colors into the room served as a foundation for the event design. DLS was tasked with designing and delivering the key aspects of production  - stage design, lighting, audio, and video projection.

A dual-stage approach and two video screens provided the foundation of "the look" of the event with vocal performances occurring on one stage and speeches and the Crystal Hope awards delivered from an adjacent stage. The performance stage and presenter stage were lit both with lekos and a pair of spotlights in an intelligent lighting design controlled from the technical deck. These elements meant the audience always knew where to focus their attention and kept the event from becoming visually stagnant.
The spotlights are on Honorary Event Co-Chair Andy Smith
as he addresses the crowd from amongst an
elaborate floral installation at Bloomin Ball 2012 at the Hilton Anatole Grand Ballroom.
The event chairs relied upon Dallas Light and Sound to provide a simple stage backdrop design in order to showcase a first-ever fresh florals stage set. The Chairs and event underwriter C's Florist worked for nearly two days to create a "floral experience" on the presenting stage. Once installed, Dallas Light and Sound lighting designer Craig Canant created a lighting design that added depth and texture to the floral elements on the stage.

Eight local vocalists under the direction of
Ray Norris delivered powerful performances at
AIN Bloomin Ball - Sowing the Seeds of Hope..

The AIDS Interfaith Network is the beneficiary of Bloomin Ball. AIN is a multicultural, faith-based, nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organization that provides direct care services to meet practical, emotional, and spiritual needs of persons with HIV/AIDS and prevention programs for individuals, groups, and communities.

AIN has been providing a combination of prevention and care programs for 25 years. Currently they serve 2,000 individual men, women, children and youth who have HIV/AIDS, and make over 20,000 contacts with other at-risk individuals in targeted communities. The Core Values of AIN are Service, Respect, Inclusion, Collaboration, and Compassion. Our Vision is to offer HOPE and ultimately to HELP create a world without HIV/AIDS.

For additional information about AIN visit www.aidsinterfaithnetwork.com .