On Saturday 16th June, over 300 guests gathered for an incredibly memorable fundraiser in aid of our DREAMBUILDING appeal. Looking out to Boxgrove Priory, it was the perfect setting for a Midsummer Night’s Dream themed Gala and thanks to the creative genius of Gala Committee member, Clare Mansell and the fabulous Abi at Albert and Arthur the marquees were transported into a magical woodland wonderland.
While guests soaked up the atmosphere, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre performed a medley of songs from favourite CFT musicals. Then, as guests enjoyed a 3 course meal at their real grass centred tables, surrounded by silver birches, London Essentials broke into song and began serenading guests at their tables. A lucky few were even involved in the performance of this charmingly British quintet.
An animated Live Auction then ensued, where the top lot – a maquette of Le Astuzie Femminili by Philip Jackson, CVO - sold for £10,000!
While some guests took to the dance floor, others were busy perusing items they could bid for online in the Silent Auction. Everything from weekend breaks, specialist spa treatments, fitness passes and artwork were up for grabs, including a few outstanding items which got the crowd buzzing with anticipation as the deadline for bids loomed.
Co-Chair of the Gala Ball Committee, Jo Kroes Randell, said: “the event was a triumph and raised over £100,000 towards the DREAMBUILDING appeal. On behalf of everyone at the Hospice I would like to say thank you to all of the incredible people involved in delivering this fantastic event; from the Gala Committee members, to the generous sponsors, donors and to the guests themselves. Everyone had one aim in mind, to help St Wilfrid’s raise as much money as possible for its new Hospice.”
An incredible evening was had by all. One guest said: “I just wanted to say well done to everyone involved; it was absolutely magical, with an amazing atmosphere in a gorgeous setting.”