Fundraising fun in final prep for Gala night…

As The Lion King roars in to town, the Development Team have been preparing for a blockbuster fundraising event.  Tomorrow will see the second of three Galas for 2013, in which 160 key business names within the city will gather for an evening of entertainment in support of raising funds for the theatre’s Creative Programmes.  Judith, Rosie and Eve from Development Team reveal the work behind the scenes ahead of the big evening…

Judith (@Hippmuminbrum):  It’s amazing to think that planning for this event began around 12 months ago!  With such big shows coming to the Hippodrome like Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and War Horse, it made sense to arrange three big events to work alongside…and so our 2013 Gala events were born.  We’re delighted that the business sector has been so supportive – tables for all three events sold very quickly indeed.  The final few weeks and days prior to tomorrow’s event has been about ensuring our Ts and crossed and Is are dotted and that we do offer our guests world class service in every respect.

Rosie:  For an event of this scale it’s important that we work closely with the Hospitality, Technical and Front of House teams so that everyone knows exactly what is required of them.  Yesterday we met for a briefing session to ‘walk through’ the evening; discussing everything from the welcome team, to coat rails and background music to the best route to the auditorium.  It’s so important to have this briefing because questions always arise and unlike a show, these events have no dress rehearsal!

Eve (@eveie383):  As Rosie said, it really is a team event and for this Gala the team extends further than the Hippodrome.  For several months, students from Birmingham City University have been creating a film to present at the Gala evening which shows the breadth of activity that takes place within the Hippodrome’s Creative Programmes team.  The purpose of the evening is to raise money for this area of our work and we hope that the hard work that has gone into both the preparation of this film and the event itself will ensure our guests have a truly wonderful evening and help us achieve our fundraising target of £10,000.

For more information on corporate and individual support and events such as the Gala Dinner click here.

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