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Michael Buble Headlines Heart Foundation Gala, With Ryan Seacrest as M.C.

Ryan Seacrest served as M.C. for the Heart Foundation's big Hollywood gala.

Photo: David Merrell

The Hollywood Palladium was the backdrop for Thursday night's Heart Foundation gala honoring Dr. P.K. Shah and Kimberly Shah. The event drew a major celebrity lineup, with Dana Carvey opening, Michael Buble headlining a 60-minute set with a 12-piece orchestra, musical director David Foster, a guest appearance by Paul Anka, and Ryan Seacrest serving as M.C. Director of operations and donor relations Catherine Erlinger oversaw the event, tapping Dave Merrell and AOO Live, a new division of AOO Events, to produce.

AOO built the look for the event around a tangerine and cherry red color palette. Guest tables on the club floor were either rounds or king tables intermixed to allow for maximum seating. Shimmer tangerine or red linens draped tables, which were topped with modular centerpieces in both low-lying and taller abstract cylinders filled with orange and fuchsia amaryllis and hydrangea in complementing colors. Bronze crocodile Chameleon chairs and antique bronze-gold chargers rounded out the look. Floor-to-ceiling panels of bubbled and ice velvet white-on-white burnout sheer fabric framed the giant regency lamps, lending an intimate feel.

Dramatic lighting drenched the room in several different rich color palettes throughout the evening. White burnout fabric flats backed by floor-to-ceiling crystal curtains surrounding a 21- by 12-foot screen for multimedia presentations and IMAG decorated the stage. A floating logo backed an acrylic podium for speakers and the award presentation.

The foundation honored the Shahs with the Steven S. Cohen Humanitarian award, with Foster presenting it to the couple after surprising them with an impromptu performance from him and his friends, Anka and Buble.


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