Immersed In Success

Immersed In Success

Hopkins’ campaign closing celebrated donor impact at a legendary institution.

At a dinner for 600 guests, the Johns Hopkins University and Medicine celebrated the success of its Rising to the Challenge campaign with a powerful donor tribute and stories of transformation. The goal was to immerse guests in gratitude for their philanthropic vision and service, while highlighting the global reach of a campaign that raised over $6 billion.

The evening was designed to be warm and welcoming from the moment guests arrived on the Hopkins Homewood campus. Brightly lit buildings draped with banners, florals, and maps guided the way to the Ralph O’Connor Recreation Center, which was transformed into a reception and dinner space.

The goal was to immerse guests in gratitude for their philanthropic vision and service, while highlighting the global reach of a campaign that raised over $6 billion.

As one of the world’s leading educational and medical institutions, Hopkins needed a celebration that matched its extraordinary legacy. Using a 360-degree projection surface that encompassed the entire dining area, Educe produced immersive multi-media that transported guests to a variety of settings in Baltimore and around the world where Johns Hopkins is making a difference.

As guests learned about the impact of their gifts, the surround screen allowed them to visually “travel” to the locations featured – adding to the perspective that they were at the heart of each story.

Throughout the course of the evening, students anchored the program with aria performances, inspiring personal stories, and thank-you messages. A video tribute to campaign co-chairs included moments of gratitude with broad representation across the Hopkins community.

As a nod to Baltimore and the transformative impact this campaign and Johns Hopkins has had on its own community, the finale featured children’s and gospel choirs that brought the audience to their feet with raucous performances of “Rise Up” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as well as a digital fireworks display.