Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Glitz & Glamour Ball 2015: Another successful evening of raising funds & awareness

On Saturday 25th July 2015, The Glitz and Glamour Ball celebrated raising awareness and funds for VHL disease and Alzheimer's Society.

VHL UK/Ireland were honoured to be announced as one of two chosen charities for the second year running at the annual event organised by Vicky Foulkes Arnold of Vixstar Events. 

Over 240 people attended the evening held at Holiday Inn Peterborough West, enjoying a three course meal and plenty of 'glitz and glamour'.

Attendees enjoyed a live pianist during dinner, followed by a DJ until the early hours, with a professional photographer - complete with prop box - available to capture the fun of the evening.

Roxanne Bonin and Vicky Foulkes Arnold
Once again, the silent auction saw successful bids for luxury holidays and experiences, premium beauty and fragrances, signed sports merchandise and more. The raffle was drawn by local boxer Marcello Renda and included over 40 prizes handed out, with a grand finale prize of a nights stay with afternoon tea at a local luxury hotel.

The ball was lucky enough to feature local and national business generously sponsored tables and donated prizes to the raffle and silent auction. These kind donations contributed to the grand total of £5,000 raised during the evening, which was split between VHL UK/Ireland and Alzheimer's Society.

Vicky made an emotional speech in memory of her Grandmother, describing why she had selected Alzheimer's Society as a charity close to her heart, followed by Roxanne Bonin who described VHL disease and what the charity meant to patients and research in wider cancer conditions.

Three families with VHL disease were in attendance and met for the first time, something that the charity hopes to encourage more patients to unite at future events.

Graham Lovitt, Chair of VHL UK/Ireland said 'Thanks to Vicky and Roxanne for organising such a magnificent event. VHL UK/Ireland was honoured to share for a second time a platform - this time with the Alzheimer's Society. All the money received will go to into research to find a cure for VHL , a gene which is also at the centre of many common cancers. Congratulations'.

VHL UK/Ireland would like to thank Vicky, all attendees, donors, sponsors and volunteers for another fantastic evening raising awareness and valuable funds for research and support.