Bandit Lites recently lit the 20th Annual Salute to Excellence event. Held Friday, January 18, 2008 at the Knoxville Convention Center, the event included both live and silent auctions featuring exclusive items such as Lady Vol gear and tag-a-long trips with Lady Vol teams.

The annual fundraiser, which benefits the Lady Vols’ Scholarship Fund, was a black tie (and tennis shoes) event. The evening began with the silent auction and cocktail reception. Guests were then served dinner and treated to a short program. A live auction followed the program and the evening wrapped up with entertainment provided by a popular local band.

Lighting designer Greg Shipley, chose to use Martin MAC 600s, MAC 500s and 300s, AC Chroma-Q Color Web Panels, Color Kinetics iColor Accent 4ft tubes, and ETC Source Fours. The rig was controlled by a Whole Hog II.

The design consisted of a 48' x 52' box rig with 6 upright towers along the back wall. Each of the towers had Martin MAC 500s on top with Lady Vol gobos loaded in them. The towers were toned from the floor with MAC 300s. The remaining MAC 500 and 600s were scattered around the box.

The design also allowed Shipley to experiment with some different LED products. Shipley comments, “We were able to accent the screen by hanging two separate AC Color Web panels on both sides of the screen and the downstage edge of the box truss featured AC i-Color Accents in a slant pattern.”

All proceeds from the event go directly to the Lady Vol Scholarship Fund, which helps to bring the best student-athletes from throughout the country to the University of Tennessee.