Gala awards 2017

Got Light is ecstatic to have been named Special Events 2017 Gala Awards Winners for Best Use of Lighting of the  U.S. Conference of Mayors Opening Gala.

We celebrate this honor with our amazing staff and crew who created this dazzling design! And a big thank you to our event partners Stanlee R Gatti Designse2k | events x entertainment and McCalls Catering & Events.  

“Receiving our second consecutive Special Events Gala Award is an amazing honor,” says co-owner Jon Retsky. “Over the past fifteen years, our success has been built on creatively transforming empty spaces by employing innovative solutions and designs.  We are proud Got Light has been recognized as an international leader in event lighting design.”

The United States Conference of Mayors’ 83rd annual meeting opened with a spectacular gala at San Francisco City Hall, and closed with a Centennial Celebration on the steps outside.  The Conference is an extraordinary event that brings together local and national corporate, political, civic and philanthropic leaders.  The Got Light team created an evocative design for simultaneous performances by the SFGMC – San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, John Fogerty, Kronos Quartet, Basil Twist, Beach Blanket Babylon, and Patti Austin.  Some VIP politicos included Nancy Pelosi, Willie Brown, Mayor Ed Lee, George P. Schultz, and more.

Lighting Design by Got Light. US Conference of Mayors Gala & San Francisco City Hall Centennial Celebration 2015

The U.S. Conference of Mayors performances begin with musicians descending City Hall’s Rotunda staircase.


 
Within the rotunda, the round stage illumination changed from  traditional, conventional washes of light to LED moving heads for enhanced color and energy; accent illumination highlighted existing event artwork, including pin-spot illumination of tables and decor. The unique sculptural rotunda dome was bathed in multiple layers of color and pattern.  
 
The Gala Awards have  been given by Special Events magazine, the premier industry publication, since 1986, when the awards honored the “top 10 events of 1985.” They recognize the finest work in special events worldwide.  For the 2017 Gala Awards, the magazine received entries in 34 categories from nine countries: Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.  Members of the Special Eventsmagazine Advisory Board, made up of leaders in the event profession, reviewed all entries to determine the nominees and winners.  The Gala Awards were given out on January 12th at a black-tie ceremony at The Special Event 2017 in Long Beach, California
Location: San Francisco City Hall | Photos: Show Ready Photo

Lighting Design by Got Light. US Conference of Mayors Gala & San Francisco City Hall Centennial Celebration 2015

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus performing on the steps of the City Hall Rotunda.


Lighting Design by Got Light. John Fogerty takes the stage singing 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain?' US Conference of Mayors Gala & San Francisco City Hall Centennial Celebration 2015

John Fogerty takes the stage singing ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain?’


Lighting Design by Got Light. US Conference of Mayors Gala & San Francisco City Hall Centennial Celebration 2015

Celebratory streamers descend from City Hall’s dome.


Beach Blanket Babylon performance. Lighting Design by Got Light. US Conference of Mayors Gala & San Francisco City Hall Centennial Celebration 2015

Beach Blanket Babylon‘s Finale Chanteuse performs in iconic San Francisco skyline hat.


Lighting Design by Got Light. US Conference of Mayors Gala & San Francisco City Hall Centennial Celebration 2015

View atop City Hall, San Francisco Civic Center Plaza aglow for the Centennial Celebration on June 19, 2015.


Lighting Design by Got Light. US Conference of Mayors Gala & San Francisco City Hall Centennial Celebration 2015

San Francisco City Hall welcomes the U.S. Conference of Mayors on June 19, 2015.