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Friends of We Care

Friends of We Care Vintage Circus


A night under the big top


Designing a unique experience for maximum impact

Industry: Government, Public & Non-Profit

Since 1983, Friends of We Care has raised over $18.5 million to send kids with disabilities to summer camp, and the “Friends of We Care Gala” is one of the major events that supports their vision. The Freeman team was thrilled to design the entire Vintage Circus experience with two distinct rooms to offer a unique experience to guests: an activity lounge and a dining room.

Let the show begin!

We were able to replicate the look and feel of a vintage circus with exceptional ability, giving the room a carnival-like atmosphere to give the guests a true Vintage Circus experience.

Guests entered the venue through a classic carnival-style entrance adorned with a red and white tent. As guests arrived, they were greeted by a cocktail reception complete with chef stations and wine pairings. Live music filled the circus-themed room and truly set the stage for live acrobat performers to mesmerize the crowd.

The activity lounge was designed to be fun and engaging, and guests competed in the silent auction and fun carnival games. The decor’s main focus was two grand circus tent peaks. Red and white poly silk fabric dressed two 32′ diameter truss circles to create the effect of a tent peak.

The main stage was a half-circle to give the crowd the most pleasing view from any angle. The sides of the main stage were painted with a faux-antique texture and imagery to create a realistic Vintage Circus experience.

The silent auction is a major highlight for member sponsors and other guests, and we connected the bids from iPads to the main screen.

The dining room had a more intimate feel with soft lighting and draped silk and crystal curtains from the ceiling. Guests were ensured optimal visibility through the placement of a 12’x36’ screen above the main stage, and four 9’x16’ screens throughout the room. Guests could enjoy the tastes of the circus with top culinary creations matched with a unique wine pairing.

Friends of We Care declared the event “an overwhelming success” and were thrilled with our creative and delivery.

The incredible experience and expertise of the entire Freeman team made our event an overwhelming success, from start to finish, they were amazing to work with.

Kevin J. Collins

Executive Director of Friends of We Care

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