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Clay Paky and grandMA2 Shine at Robin Hood Foundation Gala

The top names in finance and entertainment weren’t the only ones shining at the annual Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York City. Clay Paky Sharpy, Sharpy Washes and Alpha Spot QWO 800 fixtures were also out in force along with three grandMA2 consoles for lighting control. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of both Clay Paky and MA Lighting in North America.

The Robin Hood Foundation has been targeting poverty in New York City since 1988. Known for applying sound investment principles to philanthropy, the organization partners with the best poverty-fighting nonprofits in the city and initiates and runs projects where community needs are unmet. The 2013 gala at the Jacob K. Javits Center attracted more than 4,200 guests for dinner and entertainment headlined by Mary J. Blige, Bono, Elton John and Sting.

The collaborative team at Performance Environment Design Group, LLC, was charged with the overall Production Design, managing the master drawing and lighting design for the event. Partnering with Atomic Lighting of Lititz, Pennsylvania PEDG specified Clay fixtures and grandMA2s.

“This was a 60,000-square foot dining room, so there was a lot of space to cover in a room with a very limited weight capacity,” says Spike Brant of PEDG llc, “It’s hard to imagine the scale until you do it – everything comes in quantities of hundreds and thousands.”

The event breaks down into 3 distinct area’s cocktail area, dining room and stage, each of which had its lighting controlled by a dedicated grandMA2 console operated by Richard Wold, Brian Jenkins and Matthew Piercy.

The gala marked PEDG’s first opportunity to use Sharpy Wash lights and Alpha Spot QWO 800s. “The Sharpy Washes comprised one-fifth of the wash lights in the huge dining room, we would have more if they had been available” Brant explains. We specified the QWO’s because they were small and lightweight and they fit nicely into the very tight space around the Auction Stage. We are going to use them again soon because of their size, weight, brightness and speed.”

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