Annual event has raised over £290,000 for charities over the last four years.De Vere Venues, the UK’s No1 provider of conference, meeting and events space hosted its 5th Annual Burns Night charity event at Wokefield Park, Reading on the 24th January 2014.
The De Vere Venues Burns Night charity dinner remains one of the most eagerly anticipated black-tie events in the industry’s social calendar, with a raft of high profile corporate clients and leading figures from the meeting and events industry in attendance.
This year, De Vere Venues opted to raise funds for not one, but two worthy causes, with money raised going to both the Beyond Food Foundation, who supports those at risk of or who have experienced homelessness, assisting them to gain meaningful employment within the hospitality industry. De Vere Venues has a pre-existing relationship with this charity through its partnership with PwC and its restaurant ‘The Brigade’ in London. The second charity to benefit from Burns Night fundraising initiatives is Asthma UK, to aid further research and support for families who are affected by this disease.
Tony Dangerfield, CEO of De Vere Venues commented; ‘’We would like to thank all who attended our Burns Night celebrations. Over the five years we have hosted of this prestigious event, our nominated charities have benefited greatly from the generosity of our guests, as well as the enormous support and assistance we receive from our sponsors and suppliers, many of whom are supporting us for the 5th year running this year. Over the last four years together, we have raised over £290,000 for charity, which makes the entire De Vere Venues team incredibly proud.’’
As well as raising vital funds for two worthy charities, guests experienced the very best of De Vere Venues’ hospitality, greeted upon arrival to Wokefield Park by a champagne reception, followed by traditional Scottish activities, including the annual ‘Address to the Haggis’, a lively round of Ceilidh dancing and a game of ‘Heads and Tails.’ In addition, De Vere Venues hosted a high-octane Super Raffle, with the star prize being a Mini-Cooper car, resulting in the evening raising the highest amount of money for charities in its five year history with De Vere Venues.