Masquerade balls date way back to the 14th and 15th centuries within medieval societies. The carnival-like festivities included parades, pageants, music, and dancing which were reserved exclusively for the elite. However, in the 16th century Renaissance era they were extended to the public. Of course, all participants were able to hide their identity behind their elaborate costumes making everyone equal regardless of their social status. These lavish parties were especially popular in Italy and have become a longstanding annual tradition. The 18-day Carnival of Venice is world-famous and was the perfect theme for the 56th Annual Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball.
Over 1,200 guests donned their glamorous black-tie gala wear and alluring masks for a grand event to support and recognize the award-winning facility. Upon arrival they entered Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Mizner Center on a black and white checkered tile walkway into a European-style exhibition. Decorative backdrops along with authentic Italian balustrades and busts, as well as other ornamental accents simulated the infamous landscape overlooking the Grand Canal which was illuminated and color-washed with unfiltered LED uplighting.
The color palette was comprised of teal, magenta, plum, burgundy, and silver accents. Pavé floral arrangements in the chosen jewel tones were abundant with roses, lisianthus, matthiola, delphinium, lilies, orchids, hydrangeas, snap dragon, peacock feathers, kale, and other vibrant blooms with the addition of Venetian-style masks. A collection of silver mercury glass varied height tulip vases with candles alternated among these lush and elegant displays. Other centerpieces received low sprawling arrangements of coordinating florals with Venetian lanterns and interior pillar candle illumination. Sponsor signage was also highlighted throughout the space. The massive dance floor was wrapped in a diamond tile print to replicate Venetian marble. Over 1,000 classic Tivoli lights were suspended above to create the atmosphere of the iconic Piazza San Marco (aka St. Mark’s Square).
Although the evening was fun, mysterious, and intriguing, there was no disguising the fact that The Boca Raton Regional Hospital has been an outstanding fixture in the community for over 5 decades.
Venue: Boca Raton Resort & Club
Entertainment: The Temptations
Rigging/Lighting: Premiere Multimedia Group
Photography: Downtown Photo