Claire House Jet Set Ball Raises £12,000 at Chester Racecourse
PUBLISHED: 16:55 05 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:07 20 February 2013
COMPASSIONATE party-goers dug deep at a recent black tie event to raise more than £12,000 to help terminally ill children.
COMPASSIONATE party-goers dug deep at a recent black tie event to raise more than 12,000 to help terminally ill children.
More than 280 people attended the Jet Set Ball at Chester Racecourse in aid of Claire House Childrens Hospice, which was organised by the citys basketball team the Cheshire Jets and business networking and support organisation thebestofchester.
The total raised on the night was 12,220.
Laura Irving, senior area fundraiser for Claire House, said: We were overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who attended. We are so thankful that during this tough economic climate our supporters have helped us to raise vital funds and the evening has exceeded all our expectations. The money raised will fund the needs of two families at Claire House for an entire year.
The ball, now in its third year, attracted a mix of people from local business men and women, Cheshire Jets professional players. It was hosted by Dee 106.3 presenters Gavin Matthews and Jamie Stevens.
Peter Hawkins, director of the Cheshire Jets, said: This is our most successful event to-date. We would like to thank everyone who attended for being so generous. We are very proud to have raised over 30,000 in the three years of working with Claire House and we hope to make next year an even bigger success.
Guests at the ball, on October 8, enjoyed a drinks reception before being called to dinner in the racecourses Pavilion Suite by Roman legionaries. Fundraising began after the three-course meal with a raffle and well-stocked auction featuring lots donated by local businesses. Entertainment was provided by the Jettettes cheerleaders who performed a series of routines. They were followed by a live band One Stop Boogie.
Paul Daniels, managing director of thebestofchester, said: It was a fabulous event and a great success. On behalf of the organisers I would like to say a big thank you to the companies and individuals who kindly donated prizes and auction lots, as well as all those who bid and donated so generously.