Like a hobbit’s burrow, guests made their way down into the magically transformed Hotel Verde basement. Into the warmth and out of the refreshing new rains.
African fire drums, marimba band beats, leopard dressed up welcome ladies from Afrodizzyacts, silver candelabra's with 100 flickering warming candles and the magical gentle light of 100 Consolsolar jars welcomed 120 guests to The Cape Leopard Trust's Green Carpet Event in partnership with Hotel Verde. The focus of evening was an exhibition and auction of fourteen incredible children’s art works, as well as two special charcoal leopard drawings donated by local artist Belinda Ardé. On arrival guests enjoyed sparkling wine courtesy of Leopard's Leap Family Vineyardsserved from the floating skirts of a leopard dressed lady, whilst guests watched an amazing Poi light display by Afrodizzyacts. The Trust was also very proud to release its freshly designed 2015 annual report, kindly sponsored by CTP Printers on 100% recycled paper.
A delicious #verdemoment dinner paired with exceptional Leopard's Leap wine was served while guest speakers, Dr Ian McCallum, Justin Bonello (Cooked In Africa Films) and Bridgestone shared their personal passions for leopards. The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) environmental education team explained why experiential learning is vital to reconnect young people with nature and to inspire them to care for the natural world whilst Dr Kristina Bentley conducted a short successful auction, the proceeds of which will contribute to the environmental education component of the Trust’s work. Rachel Smith from Designstar Events worked closely with The CLT and the incredibly committed team at Hotel Verde for months to make the event a success. Her positive energy holding the space during the event was well received.
This was truly a meaningful and memorable evening that honoured the Earth, Art, Conservation and Poetry.