The fourth UWS Gala Dinner

The fourth annual United World Schools Gala Dinner took place last week and was our most successful event to date. We can’t thank our generous supporters enough for the incredible £280,000 and counting that they raised on the night.

Guests browse the auction lots UWS gala dinner

A night to remember

Our flagship event was held at the Plaisterers Hall on Thursday 23rd November with silent and live auctions. The event simply wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the many businesses that donated their goods and services. Not to mention our altruistic guests who gave pledges and bids through our i-Pad and live auctions. Auctioneer and Executive Board Director of Bonhams, James Knight, donated his time and expertise to lead the auction, encouraging an air of friendly rivalry among bidders, and to great effect.

Bonhams auctioneer James Knight drums up bids for a Peter Brookes cartoon

Highlights of the auction

Thanks to the superb prizes on offer, there was stiff competition. Our celebrity lots were well received. A day in the kitchen with Philip Howard raised bidder’s temperatures to £3,500 while breakfast and birding with Bill Oddie soared to £3,800. A stylish Paul Smith offering from The Rug Company wiped the floor with £5,500 while a sought-after Eileen Cooper painting stole the show at £6,200.

An enthusiastic bidder goes in for Breakfast and Birding with Bill Oddie

Several of our top items were experiences of a lifetime. Bids for a BT Tower Dinner raised to the dizzy heights of £5,000. But it was a week’s stay in a stylish Greek villa that achieved a sizzling £8,800.

Our generous guests used iPads to bid for prizes and experiences days

In total, bids for the silent and live auctions amounted to more than £75,000! United World Schools would like to express our thanks to the wonderful organisations who contributed to make our night a roaring success. The combined total of these bids alone is enough to build three brand new schools, bring education to another 360 children and transform an entire community.

Children at Kham Pouk School in Cambodia

A huge thank you to the following partners who donated prizes:

Annafie

Avios

Bill Oddie

British Airways

BT

Bupa

Casson Conder Partnership Architects

Eileen Cooper

Fischer’s

Get it framed

Maritávora

MOMA porridge

Oxford Private Travel

Peter Brookes

Philip Howard

Pierre Gagnaire

Portako Print Management

Riad El Zohar

The Roundhouse

Sadler’s Wells

Selendi Vineyards

Six Senses

Studio Canal

The River Cafe

The Rug Company

Virgin Experience Days