The Make a Wish foundation is one that goes over and beyond to provide children with terminal illnesses the opportunity to turn their dreams into reality. I was overjoyed to find out that we would have the opportunity to assists the local North Carolina Chapter in their set up for the annual Wish Ball. An event for participant, sponsors, and community influencers to come together and raise money and awareness for a great cause. In addition, this was my first event set-up as an intern. I had emotions of nervousness, excitement, and curiosity as to how the day was going to go.
Event set-up started at 9am at the Westin in Uptown Charlotte. The event was slated to start at 6pm so as you can image, there was a great deal to be done. The room set up was to have 45 round tables, and 21 12ft by 16ft tables. Each table was to have table cloths, a table runner and a centerpiece setup. First, we started with gathering the materials for the centerpieces. There were two different centerpiece designs. The first consisted of white hydrangeas, white roses, and turquoise blue LED lights. The other was a bit more simple with clear vases with a gold trip and floating candles. Both pieces were to be conjoined in order to create a centerpiece that was both simple but elegant. Second, was the overall room setup. The entire room was to have white drapery with blue and gold uplighting. The tables were placed around the stage to create an interactive, and fun setting for guests. Lastly, the chairs had to have seat covers and sashes around each one to tie in the events color scheme.
The entire setup took around 6 hours to complete, yet ended up being immaculate. Guest started to arrive a little before 6 o’clock to enjoy the silent action and cocktail hour. By the end of the day, I was so happy to have been apart of helping with the event. It was a long and rewarding day that I will take with me for years to come.