In its major fundraiser of the year, PlayhouseSquare shook the epicenter of the area’s theater world by unveiling the new chandelier that will serve as a symbol of the downtown district. The event, called “Dazzle the District,” was arguably the most complex event ever held at PlayhouseSquare.
Virtually every space in the theaters was allocated to a celebration at which 1,300 guests socialized and then enjoyed a plated, multicourse dinner. Even the most active donors who attend a lot of parties were impressed with the huge floral centerpieces, each containing dozens of cream-colored roses. Following dinner, guests had the option of going outside to specially reserved places to watch the dedication and the lighting of the chandelier or remain inside and watch the events unfold on Jumbotrons.
Outside, the weather was mild. The gold gateways crossing the streets to enter PlayhouseSquare clearly define what is called “the district.” Outside, the celebration was open to anyone, and thousands of people of all ages and descriptions came downtown. They ate at food trucks and enjoyed continuous entertainment on a stage on Euclid Avenue.
In a miracle rarely seen, the politicians who spoke were amazingly brief. Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald spoke for less than a minute each. PlayhouseSquare’s CEO, Art Falco, was the longest speaker, but let’s face it – he had the most people to thank.
After the lighting of the chandelier, there was an impressive fireworks display.
The significant donors to PlayhouseSquare returned to the theaters for dessert, dancing and continuing celebration. Although the final figures were not available at press time, the money raised from the generous supporters was great. More importantly, the event was a powerful symbol that the treasure that is PlayhouseSquare is not only alive, but vital and evolving to meet the needs of today and the future. “Dazzle the District” was an event that will remain a milestone in PlayhouseSquare history.