Another record year for the Richmond May Ball on Richmond Green raising £100,000 to support charity
The Richmond May Ball 2019
Friday 10th May saw 470 guests enjoying a Laurent Perrier champagne reception in a stunning marquee sitting proudly on Richmond Green - a glamorous start to a glorious fundraising Ball - enhanced by the astonishing silver-clad stilt walkers greeting the guests.
After a sumptuous four-course dinner and sensational circus performances, Bob Kimmerling from The Vineyard Community Centre described the work of his charity and introduced a moving film describing stories from people they have helped. Philip Glenister was there to support the Shooting Star Children's Hospices and he, after deftly drawing the raffle, described how proud he was to support the children cared for by the Hospices before introducing Karen Sugarman to describe in more detail the stories of the children they support.
This inspired the guests to raise £40,000 in the Live Auction alone.
After the excitement of the auctions and raffle, guests danced the night away with the amazing band Après Ski until carriages at 1 am. Magically, after all the guests had gone and within only a few hours, the marquee was transformed into a lively craft tent for all the fun of the Richmond May Fair on Saturday.
With final calculations still to be made, it is clear that the Ball will have raised around £100,000 to contribute to our charities' vital work.
This was the Richmond May Ball's 26th fundraising event and the first jointly organised with Be Richmond. It was made possible by the generous sponsorship of a number of local businesses including Featherstone Leigh, Knight Frank, Killik & Co, and Handelsbanken.
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This year's good causes
The Richmond May Fair 2019
The May Ball is part of the Richmond May Fair which is now in its 50th consecutive year and is a fantastic community event which has something for everyone.
The primary purpose of the Richmond May Fair is, as always, to help local charities and community groups raise money, but it’s also about bringing people together, having fun and showing the world what a fantastic place Richmond is.