Attended by an array of event industry good and great, a content packed night raised in excess of £80,000 for this immensely worthwhile charity.
The hugely entertaining event band Rockaoke welcomed the revelers into the Porter Tun room for a three course meal, where the event joint hosts Trevor Foley and Chris Hughes whipped up the audience to a charity giving frenzy.
With a mix of raffle, silent and live auction, there was a series of “money can’t buy” experiences available, including an amazing Chris Evans golf day that included being in the radio 2 breakfast show and reading the weather, before joining Chris on a round of golf at Wentworth.
But without doubt, the most humbling moment of the evening was delivered by an amazing lady, Immaculate Kiiza, who told her story and the story of Nawuwongo to a hushed and awestruck audience, often choked with emotion and humility but who earned a huge standing ovation at the end of her powerful and moving presentation.
To lighten the mood a little, the star of BBC TV’s Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson took to the stage and hosted a somewhat unorthodox approach to a live auction of some excellent prizes, including Top Gear filming days, holidays and Olympic tickets.
With all of the serious fund raising business out of the way, it was back to Rockaoke to sing the show to a close.
Corporate Events Commercial Director Tim Christian comments: “It feels good to be part of an industry that is putting back something good into the world - it’s all too easy to keep your blinkers on and ignore the wider world, or even more criminally, think you can’t make a difference. I hope our little contribution here tonight will go some way to helping those who’s basic human needs are being ignored by so many on so many levels.”
As the event drew to a close and the pack up started, event executive Laura Petela adds: “It’s been a great height - different to the normal award show production or gala dinner that we see so often, so a nice change.”
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