The Queen Elizabeth II hall at the Town Hall on Friday night was transformed into a beautiful spectacle for the first Bollywood Ball in aid of the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children and guests got all dressed up in Indian glitz and glamour for the occasion too.
The event raised over £10,000 through tickets sales, heads or tails game, raffle and a live and silent auction and was compered by celebrity auctioneer, Jonty Hearnden. Guests enjoyed a three-course Indian feast provided by the Spice Merchant. A trio of dancers from London-based company Dance Asia kicked off the entertainment with Bollywood dancing before encouraging the guests to join in. Afterwards the band Dirtbag kept the guests dancing through to the end of the evening.
Sponsors for the evening were Mercers Solicitors, Newtown Car Services, First Growth and Queenie & Belles.
For the last three years the charity have organised a Taste of India event at the Spice Merchant that has been a success and fundraiser Harriet Barcella wanted to build on that. She said, “Putting on a Bollywood Ball was a fantastic chance for us to really work with the local community. From the companies that sponsored us, to the volunteer committee that made it happen, to the amazing volunteers on the night, to the guests who came along and bought raffle tickets, bid on auction prizes and partied the night away – each and every person and business we connected with has been an example of how supportive and wonderful this community of ours is. So a huge thank you to everyone who supported us, and we hope to see you all again at future events. ”