Academy of Friends Gala

  • The theme for the 34th Annual Academy of Friends Award Night Gala was The Wizard of Oz.
  • The Gala took place at Terra Gallery in San Francisco. The lower level of the gallery featured the VIP lounge and the Silent Auction, while the upper level housed the main guest lounge and entertainment stage.
  • The gallery exterior glowed green in reference to the Emerald City.
  • Guests arrived through a black and white entrance tent, recalling the flat, grey world of Dorothy's home in Kansas. A large tornado and life-sized cutouts swirled about in front of the coat check.
  • VIP guests were entertained in the Red Poppy Lounge. Old theater-style seats adorned with giant red poppies surrounded a large screen for viewing the Academy Awards, and an exclusive selection of food and drinks were available from local restaurants.
  • Moody red and black furniture created conversation areas, and fresh, seasonal ranunculus provided poppy-like floral decor. 
  • Upstairs in the Emerald City, guests were greeted by the famous foursome...and the little dog too!
  • The glowing Emerald City featured dozens of food and drink sponsors and lounge seating areas.
  • Glowing cocktail highboys lit the way to a runway stage for an Oz-themed fashion show and dance party.
  • As night fell, the glowing furniture and green lighting intensified, casting everything in emerald light.