InTents October/November 2022 - 12

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Tented teamwork
When a storm upset plans for an indoor fundraiser,
it was all-hands-on-deck to create a gala-ready
tented venue.
By Sigrid Tornquist
T
RIGHT: The Carolina Panthers
Bank of America stadium
provided a 40,000-square-foot
pad of fl ooring for the Party
Refl ections crew to operate
on as they were installing,
allowing them to drive their
trailers into the center of the
stadium for easy access to the
site and to utilize the proper
forklifts and machinery to erect
the structure. Photo courtesy
of Good Stuff Creative.
BELOW: Two weeks before
a fundraiser was scheduled
to take place, the Carolina
Panthers Bank of America
stadium offered its space for
the event, provided that Party
Refl ections would be able to
mobilize enough tenting on
short notice. Photo courtesy of
Party Refl ections.
ent and event rental people know-every event
holds surprises. But for Party Relections Inc. LLC,
headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., a recent fundraiser
proved to be more challenging than most. The company
had handled the annual Charlotte fundraiser for nearly
10 years, so one might expect the event would be less
than challenging. But as it turned out, the April 2022
event included two changes in venue. " Normally, we set
up a large structure in a parking lot near the hospital for
the event, " says Dan Hooks, president and CEO of Party
Relections. " This year, however, they wanted to use an
indoor practice facility they sponsor for the Carolina
Panthers, otherwise known locally as the Bubble. "
That irst change in venue was planned and in fact
involved less resources of time and equipment from
Party Relections, since it did not require erecting a
shelter. The event was a catered dinner for 500 guests
with live entertainment and an auction to raise money
for the nonproit. The Party Relections team members
were prepared to equip the facility with tables, chairs,
staging and food service equipment for the event
just as they would have had the event been handled
outdoors in one of their tents.
Time to scramble
But two weeks before the event was to take place,
a huge storm roared through town and damaged
the Bubble beyond repair in time for the event. " The
event planner immediately called us to change plans
and scramble to ind a suitable location for the event, "
Hooks says. " The Carolina Panthers organization was
fully behind the event and offered the ield inside its
[Carolina Panthers Bank of America] stadium for the
event-if we could mobilize enough tenting on such
short notice in our busiest season. "
After reviewing and rearranging the loorplan, the
Party Relections team calculated that the event needed
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