Festive Night in Rio de Janeiro Latino Ball, dinner and awards event


Latino Connection


November 10, 2018



  • Transform a generic hotel ballroom into a Gala Festive Night in Rio de Janeiro
  • Create a way for Latino Connection to offer awards and recognize people and companies
  • Highlight sponsors of the event
  • Create a memorable guest experience that will bring them back again and again
  • To bring together Latino-American professionals from across the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • To recognize businesses and corporations for their ongoing efforts to advocate and empower Latino-American initiatives.
  • To create a memorable experience that will encourage attendees to return and bring others.

Decor and Ballroom Transformation

The theme was a festive night in Rio De Janeiro with a focus on music, arts, culture, and live entertainment. Guests entered via a purple carpet while searchlights crisscrossed the entryway, adding flash and dazzle. These exterior accouterments signaled that this night was unlike any other.  The ballroom was transformed into a sophisticated Brazilian dance club using uplights, moving lights and pin spots. Costumed dancers performed on multiple stages to entertain the guests. Shumaker provided color and textured lighting to highlight a cultural dance number as part of the main presentation. Later, these lights expanded to fill the room inviting guests to join in the celebration.

The stage backdrop was designed with beading to catch the light, creating a shimmering background for the evening festivities. Other decor elements, including lighted luminary bars, added a festive glow to the ballroom.

Awards Ceremony and Sponsor Recognition

With over 500 people in attendance, the awards ceremony recognized and honored those who had gone above and beyond to make a difference in the Latino-American community. Over ten organizations were recognized. Video projection and screens for IMAG and large flat screen LCD displays in the hotel lobby created a visual representation for these organizations. Custom GOBOs projected sponsor logos on the wall in the hotel lobby and ballroom to provide additional recognition and branding for corporate sponsors. Audio and video provided by Shumaker allowed attendees to see and hear the presentations clearly.  Shumaker installed a step and repeat photo background accented with a red carpet to provide a photo opportunity to help Latino Connection recognize award winners and sponsors.

What our client’s say

Over the years we have worked with Shumaker for our event needs and found their work to be top notch. We appreciate their attention to detail and the creativity they bring to each event. Their partnership along with their friendly, courteous staff have made each event a success.

Tara Renault

Office of Donor Relations, Dickinson College

I wanted to take a few minutes to personally thank you for all you accomplished for our Press Conference yesterday. Everything was perfect! We could not have asked for anything more!

Christiane Delgado

Events Coordinator of Health, Latino Connection

The event was simply magnificent – show stopping would be a good word to describe it. It felt intimate and exclusive and different in all the best ways. Well done! I was extremely proud to help host such a fantastic event. I can hardly express how grateful I am for all of the hard work you put into making it so memorable!

Kate Deringer Sallie

Chair, Cultural Enrichment Fund Partner, Pillar+Aught

The Winter Chill, The Common Wheel
Because of you, the venue looked absolutely amazing and people were wowed by the ring of bikes rotating above their heads. We appreciate everything that you do for us at the Common Wheel.

Adriana Atencio

Director of Outreach and Resources

Thanks to the Shumaker team, who again did a great job in helping to stage the event. Please give my thanks to your team that was on site. They were great!

Joe Swope

Manager, Media Relations and Special Projects, UGI Utilities, Inc.

A huge thank you for everything you did to make the Under The Big Top event the most spectacular event we’ve ever done! The feedback and praise from our donors and leadership has been unbelievable. You helped us create something magical and we’re so very grateful!

Jessica Ritchie

Vice President for Development, UPMC Pinnacle

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