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White Light

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 11:15

The International Arbitration Charity Ball brings together 600 high profile figures, firms and specialists for an evening of fine dining and spectacular fundraising. The event raises money for Save the Children’s Emergency Fund and has raised over £1,300,000 since the first event in 2010.

The ball gives the Arbitration community the chance to come together, network, and support Save the Children. Following its work on other charity fundraisers, White Light was called upon to provide the production support for the evening.

Save the Children is a charity that invests in childhood. Around the world it gives children a healthy start in life, along with protection from harm and the opportunity to learn. To continue transforming children’s lives, it is reliant on the financial support of others; hence the reason why events such as the Arbitration Charity Ball are held.

The bi-annual International Arbitration Charity Ball took place on Thursday 8th September at Guildhall, London. Having previously worked on the event, WL was asked to offer its services once again. Gemma Howell, Special Events Senior Manager for Save the Children, comments: “We approached WL as we required a reliable company who would be able to take control of the production aspects of the evening”.

WL supplied the lighting, audio and video support. Phil Gladman, WL’s Project Manager, comments: “The brief of the evening was to create something visually stunning which would highlight the amazing architecture at Guildhall. The client wanted to accentuate a purple and gold theme so we used the very latest lighting equipment to showcase this in the various rooms along with the building’s exterior”.

As the purpose of the evening was to raise funds for Save the Children, this meant that there were live and silent auctions for which WL supplied both the screens and AV support. Similarly, the company provided a PA system for the various speeches that were given throughout the evening. Alongside this, there was also a performance by the West End Kids and WL even supplied the AV and lighting support for the after-show party at the Crypt.

Phil adds: “There were a lot of different activities taking place – especially over just one evening! Similarly, with Guildhall being such a busy venue, we had only four hours to set-up, meaning we had to capitalise on every moment spent on site”.

Gemma adds: “WL were extremely helpful in the lead up to the event along with being highly attentive and proactive on the actual evening itself. We are very grateful for their support”.

The International Arbitration Charity Ball was a huge success, managing to once again raise huge sums of money for an important cause. This year marks the third time that WL has worked on the event.

Phil adds: “We are always delighted to be asked back to work on important events such as this – especially when they are supporting an incredible charity such as Save the Children. As proven once again, we are able to provide the complete production support on virtually any event at any location”.