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.
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.
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.
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.
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.