Thank you to you all
Here's where we thank all of the people that have made our charity ball, and your evening, possible
Massive thanks go to Chloe, Jay and the team at Ipswich Town Hall - they couldn't have done more to help us make our evening a success; from advice and guidance to bending over backwards to accommodate all of our ideas - thank you team! Whatever we suggested Chloe and her team ensured that there was a way of achieving it - nothing phased them; every single member of staff were nothing but helpful, cheerful and encouraging!
Incredible thanks go to the team at Jamie Lee Smith Catering. From the moment we outlined our event, Jamie and his team supported our plans. With a menu that was superbly created and every dietary requirement catered for, on the night, the team of servers and chefs could not have worked harder to ensure that all of our guests had the most delicious dishes. Our maitre d' on the evening worked incredibly hard to ensure that all of our guests were served the correct food in a seemless manner; quick, efficient and incredibly helpful, we think you'll agree that our meal was a delicious delight!
The very generous Emma Felgate, owner of Emma's Florist created and donated all of our incredible sparkling centrepieces which added to the overall look of the Grand Hall.
Thanks so much Emma - just look at how impressive they were!
We think you'll agree, Mike Palmer captured the essence of our evening perfectly. Taking pictures of our guests as they arrived and taking some action shots throughout the event, we can't thank Mike enough for providing us with the perfect record of our evening. Working all evening to create imagery that allows us to show those who weren't able to make the event the incredible entertainers that we had and perfectly showing the Grand Hall for the spectacle that it was - thanks so much Mike!
Our video star:
The amazingly talented Chris Driver was sneaking around all night grabbing footage of our incredible event. Take a look at the video that he shot, edited and very generously donated to our event - we think you'll agree that it sums up the entire evening. What a fun night, perfectly captured by his creative filming skills - thanks so much Chris!
Paul Preston-Mills, aka 'the Ringmaster' - what a perfect host. Perfect timing, ambient music and the skill that only a professional has in pulling our evening together in terms of timing and announcements, hats off to him - thanks so much Paul!
Fun, fire, thrills and aerial delights - thanks to Showstoppers stiltwalkers and firebreathers Lauren and Charlotte for their incredibly wonderous skills! We gasped, we laughed, we cheered and we were totally mesmerised by the firebreathing
acts and by the aerial silk artistry of Jess. Each of our performers were incredibly professional and delighted you all with their amazingly brilliant routines - thanks so much Rachel for recommending your incredibly performers.
Our drummers and dancers:
What can we say about the Suffolk School of Samba? Loud, infectious, enthusiastic, glittering and full of feathes! The evening dancing began when their drummers began their beat and it carried on until the end of our event. What a way to get everyone on their feet. Thanks so much to John and his team of dancers and percussionists for getting us up and dancing!
The Baghdaddies! They need no introduction ... what an incredible band of performers. With their Balkan / Ska melodies (which doesn't even go some way to describe their performance!), they wove their way through our tables giving personal renditions until they made it to the stage... from which point our guests never sat down again! Thanks to Ziad and and rest of the band - you were, as always, the best!
Last but by no means we absolutely want to thank you:
Our guests - you bought your tickets, you ate, you drank, you danced, you took part in our raffle and our auction, you cheered, you gasped, you laughed and you sang... we know you had a great time because you told us! We are so incredibly pleased to have been able to deliver what you expected of us and we were privileged to be able to tell you about the work of our charity. Thank you so much for your support - we look forward to keeping in touch.
Our donors - those people who, despite not being able to attend our event, donated funds to our charity.
Our prize-givers - those businesses and individuals who donated prizes to our raffle: Cineworld, Big Drop Brewing Company, Bills, the Coop, Xplore, Outrageous Cake Company, Suffolk Food Hall, Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, New Wolsey Theatre, Image Beauty Salon, Coes, Deben Inns, Adnams, Mollie's Top2ToeTanning Hair & Beauty, BillieBox - we thank you all for your generosity.