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Problem Solved: Gala Uses Venue Columns to Add Color, Video Screens to Dining Space

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Columns aren't always the easiest structural element to work with when it comes to dressing a venue for a seated event, especially when you want guests to be able to see a video or presentation. But for its gala on Wednesday, the National Center for Learning Disabilities incorporated the vertical pillars into the decor at TriBeCa space Three Sixty. Conceived by event designer Bronson van Wyck, custom column wraps printed with a colorful collage of the organization's logo and key words about its mission added a pop of color to the white dining room. The columns also served as spots on which to attach screens, to give guests a better view of the video presentation shown during the evening.

With guests including Daily Beast editor Tina Brown, philanthropist Grace Hightower De Niro, and TV newscasters Paula Zahn and Al Roker, the gala raised $2.1 million.

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