3.5.16 – The Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Melodic Caring Project’s 3rd Annual “Raise A Record” Gala Fundraiser
Welcome to the 20’s! Melodic Caring Project (MCP) took it back to the 1920’s at their 3rd annual Raise A Record gala fundraiser this year which was a natural fit hosted at Seattle Theatre Group’s, The Neptune Theatre as it was built in 1922. MCP highlighted and embraced the Neptune’s history with a gorgeous take on a Roaring 20’s themed gala featuring its signature elegance and music themed event using vinyl records as paddles, VIP Pass lanyards as Raffle Tickets, Record Jackets as both bidder packets and its photo booth backdrop, large feathers and flowers (thanks to Bash & Bloom), signature 20’s cocktails, MCP logo’d gourmet cookies by A Treat Life, 1920’s dancers (Sister Kate) and a fun newspaper program design (thanks to Dahlia Press).
Beautifully branded music themed design elements spanned each table including a special take home MCP leather flask with a clever “thank you for lifting our spirits” note to each guest.
“Branding is key, I love details,” says Co-Founder and event designer, Stephanie Ware “one of my favorite things has been coming up with our record themed event” MCP uses actual records for paddles and event branded record jackets as registration packets that each guest receives upon arrival. (Thanks to Dahlia Press who designed the artwork)
From tray-passed appetizers to complimentary drinks, a silent and live auction, dessert dash to sensational beats by Blake Lewis (American Idol) & music by headliner, Us The Duo, MCP once again gave its guests a much anticipated production. Hosted by KING5 Evening’s Kim Holcomb and co-hosted by veteran MCP rockSTARS Cassidy Huff & Faith Murray.
Though the highlight of the night was when Founder, Stephanie Ware surprised husband and Co-Founder Levi Ware with a unforgettably touching surprise meeting of rockSTAR Smiley for Kylie’s parents. Levi and Kylie shared a special bond through numerous live-streamed concerts and even personal videos where Levi would play one-on-one to Kylie. Sadly, Kylie passed away last year after a hard fought battle with leukemia. Levi and MCP supported Kylie and her family throughout her battle developing a special friendship that spanned all the way across the US from Seattle to Georgia. Having never met in person, Kylie’s dad, Mark Myers and Stephanie concocted a secret plan to surprise Levi at the gala. The pictures of that meeting speak a thousand words–it was a perfect, heartfelt and tearful surprise.
In keeping with they music theme, MCP awards its biggest supporter or #1FAN of the Year a framed Golden Record Award. This year the award went to its Gold Sponsor and partner Seattle Theatre Group as well as a “renewed” Golden Record award to its first year recipient, Dieter Krumpelmann for their outstanding support. Melodic Caring Project’s 3rd annual gala left guests hearts full (and wallets a bit empty) raising over $136,000 to help support its program to bring live concerts to children and teens in the hospital.
In doing what MCP does best (live video streaming to hospitalized kids) the full nights festivities and live music was streamed LIVE across the globe and to children and teens in the hospital rooms across the country with special shoutouts to the kids (aka rockSTARS) tuning in online.
Thanks to MCP’s Platinum Sponsor, SWEDISH Medical Center, guest speaker Dr. Guy Hudson was spot on in his message, “it’s all about the kids.”
Check out more photos from MCP’s 3rd Annual RAISE A RECORD GALA below…