Bison Ball + Excellence Awards - The Concrete Rose

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Styling + Photography by Alexander-Julian

Event: Howard University Bison Ball +Excellence Awards
Date: April 25,2015
Event Type: Seated Dinner + Reception
Location: Washington, DC
Budget: $75,000
Guests: 700+ guests

Bison Ball is an annual white-tie gala honoring the Howard University community and it's commitment to Truth and Service. It is celebrated with an awards ceremony entitled The Excellence Awards that honors members of the Howard community for excellence in the community and their fields and is accompanied by a seated dinner. The awards ceremony is followed by a reception filled with dancing and delicious hors d'oeuvres. 

I built the theme for the event based on Tupac Shakur's famous poem The Rose That Grew From Concrete and held the event at the Historic Andrew Mellon Auditorium. The Mellon has hosted countless presidential events over the past 83 years, including the historic signing of the North Atlantic Treaty by President Truman. For the event, I enacted a Black + White dress code to accent the abundance of roses properly. 

Catering by Sodexo / Equipment Rental by Select Events / Decorations by Alexander-Julian

Creative Direction + Video Editing by Alexander-Julian / Cinematography by Jeredon O'Conner

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