The Iowa Prayer Breakfast was in the Community
Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, on March 17, 2014.
Since moving back to the Iowa Events Center in 2013, using
the new Grand Ballroom, this event has exploded in terms of attendance. What was once an event drawing 200-300 people
now has 1,200 attendees and Markey’s, as a sponsor and partner, has helped
elevate the quality of the experience through the appropriate use of
audiovisual design and equipment. The challenge is to raise the level of
communication and presentation in the room so it works for the larger audience
size, without taking the focus off the subject of the event.
Special guests this year included the Governor and first
lady of Iowa, along with Keynote and soloist , the internationally renowned
tenor and Iowa native, Dr. Simon Estes.
Through the use of 10 Arri 2K lights on the stage and 4 Coemar LED
uplights behind the podium, and IMAG with Sony HXC 100 HD camera and two Christie
HD12K projectors, every member of the audience was treated to a front row seat
as Simon shared his personal story of experiencing God’s grace and mercy
through times of racism. The powerful
story was matched by Dr. Este’s famously powerful voice, and even with just
some basic audio processing equipment, stage monitors and the house sound
system, Markeys Audio Technician was able to ensure the performance and message
translated well to the audience. Watch and listen to the video.