A “Night In Paris” Helps Macmillan Cancer Support Raise £200,000
The 16th Macmillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction, which took place in the Kings Cross Renaissance hotel in London earlier this month, raised a massive £200,000 and we were so pleased to be designing and producing it again this year. The annual Christmas Auction – an event we look forward to every year - has now raised over £2million in total to help the charity ensure no one faces cancer alone.
A host of celebrities attended the event including Emilia Fox, Arlene Phillips, Brian Friedman, Vanessa White, Dame Zandra Rhodes and Jeff Banks. In addition, even more celebrities including Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emilia Fox, The Saturdays, Sir David Brailsford, Darcey Bussel, Lorraine Kelly, Dame Zandra Rhodes and Lenny Henry all shared their wish list of Xmas goodies which were auctioned off by Zoe Hardman and Phil Clifton.
Along with an insight into what each celebrity would like to find in their Christmas stocking, each bundle included a ‘money can’t buy’ experience personally donated by each celebrity. These items included a private screening of Fifty Shades of Grey from Jamie Dornan, lunch at the Ivy for four people with Judi Dench and a day in the race car of Team Sky with Dave Brailsford.
Our Project Manager Joe Beecham has produced the event over the years and this year created a romantic and elegant theme to really delight Macmillan’s guests who were thrilled to experience “A Night In Paris”.
Joe’s set was a massive 40ft wide and accommodated two large screens either side to display video, live film and graphics which we’d developed for each auction lot. Joe’s design team created an iconic Parisian cityscape using black cut-outs which were backlit in a romantic blue to create a silhouette effect. Star gobos were then layered on top. Uplighters in front of the set were used to create a glow and to draw attention to the screens displaying the auction details. As the evening progressed, the lighting maintained a sense of drama and romance, moving from azure through to indigo, drawing the star-studded evening to a close.