On Saturday 14 November over 450 guests descended upon the London Hilton Park Lane, to help raise money for two of Britain’s leading tennis charities; Give It Your Max (GIYM) and the International Lawn Tennis Clubs’ Philanthropic Development
The ball was hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald with leading British comedian Alistair McGowan as master of ceremonies and raised money through its raffle, donations and auction items. The live auction was a great success skillfully directed by the entertaining, highly regarded auctioneer, Charlie Ross; the highest bid of the night was for a commission by artist Sacha Jafri.
Prince Louis of Luxembourg and a host of other celebrities including Lettice Rowbotham, Britain’s Got Talent finalist, who opened the evening with a stirring rendition on her electric guitar, joined tennis stars Tim Henman and Heather Watson to celebrate the evening.
Michael Downey, Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, and Philip Brook, Chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, were also amongst the many tennis personalities present. Guests danced into the early hours to the Bogus Brothers.
Tim Henman, former British Tennis No.1 and GIYM Patron said:
“The Tennis Ball is a wonderful event for two fantastic charities. I’ve worked closely with Give It Your Max and the work they do is really helping to enhance the life of so many children. The money raised from this year’s Tennis Ball will help them to grow their programme to even more areas across the UK.”
Chairman of The Tennis Ball John Beddington said:
“The fourth biennial Tennis Ball was the most successful Ball yet, raising much needed funds for GIYM and IC Philanthropy – much more than we could have ever expected. This money will go to these two very worthwhile charitable tennis initiatives, giving many children all over the world the opportunity to play tennis who otherwise wouldn’t.”
The Tennis Ball was supported by Linklaters, Zoo Communications and American Airlines.
For more information and to view the video from the night visit http://www.thetennisball.net
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Lettice Rowbotham, Finalist, Britain’s Got Talent
Lesley McCormack Gathy, Barry Weatherill, CBE, Chairman, IC Philanthropy and Joann Waldman
The Ballroom, London Hilton, Park Lane
Heather Watson and Tim Henman, OBE, drawing the Raffle
John Beddington, Chairman, The Tennis Ball and Sir Trevor McDonald, OBE and Patron, Give It Your Max
Michael Stotesbury, Co-founder, Give It Your Max, with Sarah Cattrall, Freddie Stotesbury and Stiltwalkers in reception