Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation is the fundraising division for Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, working with community and corporate donors who are committed to improving childhood health through philanthropic investment.
Vario was honored to provide A/V and production for its new stewardship event honoring volunteer leaders and donors who’ve reached milestones and who contribute to such an amazing organization.
The 2018 Rady Children’s Instrumental Evening took place at one of San Diego’s best urban venues, Horton Plaza Park. Located in the heart of San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp District, this open-air park was the setting for more than 500 special guests. Being a park that is open to the public, our team worked hand in hand with the Foundation and city to ensure that our two-day production made a minimal impact on city residents who enjoy the park daily.
Our event lighting designers worked with the Foundation team to create a design that properly emphasized the unique combination of lounge spaces with a variety of seating and location arrangements.
The entertainment for the evening, custom built musical instruments, required our team to find creative solutions for installation, rigging, lights and sound. Because Horton Plaza Park is built over a parking garage, our engineers made careful use of concrete ballasts and rigging techniques to evenly distribute the load.
With the entertainment being a central focus of the program, it was important that the visual elements be designed around the audience. Our video engineers decided on a 3.9mm outdoor rated LED tile wall, as projection would have proved challenging based upon the sunset times and timing of the program.
Overall, proper audio visual event management was key to the success of the event.