the crystal ball
Over 240 guests enjoyed a fabulous, fun evening in the St. George’s Suite at Twickenham Rugby Stadium on Saturday March 8th. The Covent Garden String Quartet played to welcome guests to the sparkling reception where some of them had a close encounter with our “living statue” Angel!
The room looked stunning with black tablecloths crowned by bejewelled crystal candelabra whilst the specially-designed lighting created the atmosphere of a private dinner party. Chris Sheasby, from the world of rugby, did a fantastic job as our MC for the second time, introducing Heads and Tails and keeping guests in order.
Our star performers were the Bar Wizards, Neil Garner and Neil Lowrey who wowed everyone with their high-octane, spectacular cocktail flairing act. A couple of brave guests even had a go juggling the bottles to everyone else’s amusement!
Chris Sheasby also conducted our main auction – prizes included golf at Wentworth, a rugby hospitality package, concert tickets, an exclusive package to Goodwood Racing, a Spanish wine and food tasting evening in the City and two holidays.
We were delighted that our new Patron, Barbara Flynn, created a set of rock crystal and silver bead jewellery especially for the event.
A special guest at the Ball was Jo Wooster, our Star Volunteer, a trained physiotherapist who has done so much to help our Portage children in Russia. The Ball raised £27,000 – a fantastic amount which will enable us to support Jo and our Volunteer Programme for two years.
Watch Sarah Settelen’s Crystal Ball speech showing the recent work at Yelatma Orphanage.
Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Ball, donated prizes or gave their time as a volunteer.
Here’s to our next fabulous event!