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"The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford’s
biennial fundraiser proved once again why
it’s one of the most highly anticipated
events in Silicon Valley... Crisp blues, whites, and greens were used throughout. Badger and the talented team at Blueprint Studios in San Francisco hung sophisticated, angular chandeliers from the sculpture garden’s oak trees to provide a diffused glow, while plenty of candlelight flickered on an inspired combination of linen-wrapped and concrete tables."

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Gentry Home Magazine - Rodin by Moonlight

"The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford’s
biennial fundraiser proved once again why
it’s one of the most highly anticipated
events in Silicon Valley... Crisp blues, whites, and greens were used throughout. Badger and the talented team at Blueprint Studios in San Francisco hung sophisticated, angular chandeliers from the sculpture garden’s oak trees to provide a diffused glow, while plenty of candlelight flickered on an inspired combination of linen-wrapped and concrete tables."

Keywords: decor,events,event design,stanford,event planning

S A N F R A N C I S CO | P EN I N S U L A | S I LI CO N VA LLE Y

NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2015

entertaining

Rodin by

Moonlight
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford’s
biennial fundraiser proved once again why

Oit’s one of the most highly anticipated
events in Silicon Valley.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DREW ALTIZER

On a crystal clear evening in September, the venerable Cantor Arts Center at
Stanford, one of the gems of the Northern California Art scene, held a daz-
zling black-tie event that has earned a spot as one of the most sought-after
gala tickets on the West Coast. Part of the magic of the event is its intimate
nature. The exclusive party is limited to 400 guests—the precise number of
seats that are able to fit within the confines of the Museum’s Auguste Rodin
sculpture garden. The evening is without auctions or fund-a-need presenta-
tions. Instead, dollars are raised from ticket sales and sponsorships before-
hand. The result is that guests (many of whom are tech industry titans and
the biggest names on Sand Hill) are able to enjoy the evening, mix and min-
gle with colleagues and friends, and become immersed in the Museum’s
world-class collection.

For each Rodin by Moonlight, a theme is selected that carries through
from the invitation to the parting gifts. This year’s event was chaired by Lisa
Mooring and Michele Kirsch. The chairs worked closely with Cantor Arts
Center and their committee to develop a theme that would thread through-
out the evening. “The goal,” relates former Chair Melissa Badger, owner of
Dreams & Details event design in Menlo Park who helped head up décor
this year, “was to keep it fresh, impactful, and elegant.” The committee took
its cues from a landmark exhibit of American artist Richard Diebenkorn’s
sketchbooks (Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed) on exhibit
through February 8 at the Cantor Arts Center. Diebenkorn’s use of line and
color with an edited contemporary quality was echoed in everything from the

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evening’s floral arrangements to a dramatic lighting affect across the bar and dance floor.
Crisp blues, whites, and greens were used throughout. Badger and the talented team

at Blueprint Studios in San Francisco hung sophisticated, angular chandeliers from the
sculpture garden’s oak trees to provide a diffused glow, while plenty of candlelight flick-
ered on an inspired combination of linen-wrapped and concrete tables. Whimsical
touches of a full moon projected on the exterior wall of the Cantor Arts Center, plus a
shimmering mirrored column set in a fountain, reinforced the Rodin by Moonlight sig-
nature, while benches wrapped in faux grass harkened back to Diebenkorn themes. Stun-
ning florals abounded, mixing white and green hydrangea with delicate phalaenopsis
blooms and velvety moss. No detail was missed, right down to the selection of vases in the

Museum’s grand marble-covered foyer that echoed the architectural ele-
ments and volume of the space. As one guest exclaimed entering the
party, “It’s simply magical!” N

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