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For 20 years El Gaucho has been serving the people of Seattle with a one of a kind dining experience. Their “old school table side service” transports you to a bygone era. To celebrate 20 years of service, El Gaucho decided to give back, and what better way to give back than to raise funds for the USO? All proceeds will go towards helping the USO build a hospitality center on Joint Base Lewis McCord military base where it would serve over 50,000 families.  Stokes Productions was proud to help, providing necessary equipment to transform the space from a staple Seattle restaurant to a gala event space.


Every event and venue has unique and different needs. Assembling the stage in the middle of the restaurant allowed for the speakers on stage to be in view from every seat in the house. This also allowed more real estate for the guests to move freely. Stage lighting in the round is never easy, when adding the low light level El Gaucho is famous for and the unique grading/physical features of the room, Stokes Productions created a custom rigging solution to make sure all portions of the program were visible on stage. To add character to the space the covered cocktail tables were illuminated with a warm amber color by using a battery powered Tri7 LED lighting fixtures while bistro style string lights lined the room providing light for the buffet and upper level walk way.


Guests enjoyed El Gaucho’s superior food and service while they had the opportunity to bid on their favorite items to help raise funds for the new USO Hospitality center. An auctioneer entertained the crowd while selling items ranging from an opportunity to drive a Lamborghini racer on the track to getting to help distill whiskey for Jim Beam. Every penny counts for the much needed center on JBLM and with the combined efforts of many, progress was made towards that goal.