The whole night started at 5:30pm, at Mandalay Bay’s Michael Jackson ONE Theater, where guests picked-up their tickets and wristbands for the evening; followed by Charlie Palmer’s Aureole where the pre-party was getting underway.

The stark restaurant, known for its three-story wine rack and ‘flying’ sommeliers, was awash in a sea of blue-clad guests, some from the US, some from Europe, and quite a few from Canada. People perused the silent auction, and noshed on delicious skewers of chicken and other passed canapés, before checking-out the desert cart where there were trays of these shot glasses filled with the most wonderful pudding, topped with caramel corn (I had three).

Then came the show, itself (back at the Michael Jackson ONE Theater) – and you can read all about that, in Part 1 – after which those invited and so inclined, sauntered over to the Moorea Beach Club, that had been transformed for the après activities of the night.

Upon entering, guests were able to examine the emission-free Formula E racecar (officially, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E) emblazoned with the ONE DROP logo, and enjoy live performances by Blues Traveler (who rocked) and the supreme Mary Wilson (who turned it out). People were moving, grooving, and having an all-around great time. There was more food (a carving station featuring Brazilian barbeque – or churrascaria – and more deserts), and people were pouring out of every cabana, bungalow, and sprawled-out on the venue’s comfy daybeds – on all of Moorea Beach’s various levels.

One of the most thoughtful touches was the valet desk that had been set-up at the entrance to Moorea Beach Club, where (upon leaving) guests could turn-in their valet tickets, and (in theory) their cars would be waiting for them, at THEhotel (where ONE DROP guests had been instructed to park, for the evening). While waiting for my car, I killed some time, with friends who 'dneglected to use the courtesy desk.  That is, until I realized that the valets had kept my car "up" in the drive, all night. Then, I was outta there, like a shot (I'm gettin' old...)  Thanks, Mandalay Bay valets!

One Night for ONE DROP
Presented by Cirque du Soleil
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With CROSSROADS KITCHEN LAS VEGAS now open at Resorts World Las Vegas, Chef Tal Ronnen’s campaign to introduce upscale diners to his delectable plant-based cuisine continues, and I’m totally on board!