Anyone who has been touched by breast cancer knows the importance of having access to the right resources and plenty of emotional support. Pink Ribbon Connection's Stars of Pink fashion show was held on October 5th at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown to raise funds to make sure hundreds of breast cancer survivors have these things – and more.
An enthusiastic audience of nearly 1,000 guests celebrated breast cancer survivors, their families, friends and members of their medical teams. Emceed this year by award-winning WTHR-TV Sunrise reporter Kris Kirschner, the fashion show is the single largest fundraiser for Pink Ribbon Connection, funding many of the not-for-profit's free programs and services. The Secret Ingredient and J. Benzal provided fashions for Pink Ribbon Connection’s 40 breast cancer survivor models.
Always on the lookout for ways to integrate audiovisual elements into a client's set, Markey's Rental & Staging added a pair of stars to this year's event. A unique feature of the stars was the stretch fabric material that could be projected on with video. Once placed on the set, two Christie 10k projectors were used to project an image onto each star. Markey’s created what is called a video mask that was sent to each projector. This allowed us to only project moving video and still images on the stars without spilling light anywhere else on the set. This gives the set piece a clean overall look.
After listening to feedback from last year’s event staff, Markey’s went with a smooth clean backdrop for this year’s event. Using a 40’ wide by 20’ tall white cyc, we created a blank canvas that our Lighting Designer could creatively paint with color to enhance the clothing themes for the afternoon. He achieved these looks with a number of moving smart lights (Martin 250 and 101) from our inventory. This gave him the ability to move the beam of the light to anywhere on the backdrop he desired and splash it with whatever color he chose for that part of the backdrop. This ability allowed him to create a unique look for each clothing change. This year our Lighting Designer became a master painter and with just a stroke of a light created beautiful backdrops to enhance the event!
Audio this year was rock solid. Utilizing years of experience, our Audio Lead managed to give us just the right amount of bump while still not turning the event into a rock concert. This allowed us to enhance the fashion show without taking away from the message of the event. Using JBL Array speakers and subs he was able to find just the right balance for our listening pleasure.
One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during the course of their lifetime. In central Indiana, Pink Ribbon Connection provides free information, resources and encouragement to breast cancer patients and their families, providing emotional support during and after medical treatment.