Special Events

Gala Awards Celebration

You gotta jump, jive and then you wail! Swing performers put guests in a Big Band mood. The evening progressed to incorporate music and dance from all eras. Entertainment was produced by T. Skorman Productions, Orlando, and Wild Video Dance Party, New York.

You can leave your tray on! Actors dressed as waitstaff surprised guests with an on-the-money strip performance taken from the film The Full Monty. The stripping waiters came courtesy of The Interactive Waitstaff Discount Comedy Outlet, Orlando.

David Tutera, executive designer for the 1999 Gala Awards Celebration, created the look of the post-awards dinner and celebration, held in the ballroom of The Peabody Orlando. Using gray as his primary color, Tutera draped the entire ballroom in gray velvet and topped tables with floor-length gray velvet linens. Silver chiavari chairs were covered with iridescent pearl-gray chiffon covers. Lime-green, tangerine and lemon-yellow satin-bordered chiffon overlays added visual punch, as did the fruit and floral centerpiece montages, created with eclectic vases and table lamps from New York-based Props For Today. All linens and chair covers were custom-made by Spring Valley, New York-based Cloth Connection, while floral was provided by Florabundance, Carpinteria, California. Abstract chandeliers made by Los Angeles-based lighting designer Jerry Astourian added an artsy ambience to the room.

Do a lot of dance: Guests of the 1999 Gala Awards Celebration boogied until the wee hours. Lighting and sound, designed and engineered by Current Events, Atlanta, and New York-based Wild Video Dance Party, transformed the room into a high-energy disco. Wild Video Dance Party provided the extensive trussing for a kinetic lightshow throughout the evening.

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