Nearly 200 property industry professionals including agents, suppliers, friends and family gathered in Cardiff last week to raise £8,000 for charity, £2,000 more than the fledgling fund raising event had hoped for.
The evening, which took place at the The Village Hotel, was organised by local agency Darlows, which is part of the Spicerhaart family.
Funds were raised through ticket sales, an auction of prizes including a signed Welsh national team rugby shirt and a percentage of the bar takings, for children’s charity Magic Moments, which was set up in 1988 by a former chairman of Spicerhaart.
It helps children from supported hospices, including funding respite holidays abroad for terminally ill youngsters and their families, and bereaved parents.
One unexpected source of fund raising was from the bar takings, which the hotel had generously said 10% of which would be added to the evening’s total.
The property industry rose to the occasion and, as well as enthusiastic bidding for the evening’s 16 lots, drank the hotel bar dry twice.
Gareth Brackin, who is a Darlows’ regional partner, said: “We started with a red carpet reception, then I spoke a bit about the charity.
“I just want to say thank you to all the branch managers for working so hard to make this ball a success. It was a brilliant night with people travelling all over the country to be there and giving so generously to this wonderful cause.”
Gareth says the event has been so successful that a second fund-raiser next year is also now planned, to take place on June 29th.
Two lots remain unbid for and Gareth said interested parties should get in touch with his office to make an offer. These are both a cap signed by golfer Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnson and a round of golf at his club in London.
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