Changing attitudes, transforming lives and creating second chancesInnovative prisoner rehabilitation initiative The Clink Charity has announced the sponsors of its second annual fundraising extravaganza, The Clink Charity Ball (#ClinkBall), in association with venue partner Lancaster London on Hyde Park.
The evening of fundraising and festivities, taking place on Friday 20 January 2017 at the iconic Lancaster London, will once again raise vital funds for the charity’s work in reducing the reoffending rates of ex-offenders through hospitality training, education and work experience.
After the first event in January 2016, which raised more than £50,000, there’s plenty to be excited about as The Clink Charity prepares to put on its biggest fundraising event yet.
Gold sponsors for the ball include Bidvest Foodservice, who is sponsoring the four-course menu created by Ben Purton, executive chef and director of food & beverage at Lancaster London. Each course will have an accompanying wine, carefully matched by the team at Booker, the UK’s largest food wholesale operator, who is sponsoring the event for a second successive year.
Setting the scene for what will be a spectacular evening of good food and entertainment, food service solutions provider and gold sponsor Nayati has kindly donated a brand-new Hyundai i10s for the star raffle. All tickets sold include one entry into the draw and attendees are welcome to buy additional entries with one lucky winner taking home the prize worth a staggering £9,000.
This year’s silver sponsors include London Linen, who will be providing all table cloths and linen for the event, whilst Custard Communications will continue to provide PR and marketing support as the charity’s communications partner. Also sponsoring The Clink Charity Ball 2017 is leading catering services consultants, AVL Consultancy, owned by The Clink’s Charity’s group restaurant ambassador and chairman of The Clink Ball Committee Vic Laws MBE.
In line with the recent addition of Daniel Galmiche to The Clink’s list of chef ambassadors, the Norwegian Seafood Council has been announced as bronze sponsor of the ball and is sponsoring all fish served on the evening. Michelin starred chef Galmiche recently joined The Clink as group sustainability ambassador, a role he also fulfils with the Norwegian Seafood Council. Bronze sponsors also include procurement specialists Pelican who is providing staff meals for the evening and Dennys Brands is providing Clink Events uniforms for the Clink graduates and Centrepoint students serving canapés and Champagne at the reception.
In keeping with the charity’s commitment to hospitality training and the development of long-term careers in the industry, The Clink Charity Ball 2017 will embrace its sustained approach to social responsibility, engaging a talented workforce of hospitality trainees and students from across the south east. Graduates of The Clink training programme will take to the stage to tell their stories first-hand, along with ambassadors and other representatives of the charity.
Speaking of The Clink Charity Ball, Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity, said: “I was delighted by the turnout for this year’s ball and the money that was raised has been reinvested directly back into The Clink Charity to help fund a new central production kitchen for Clink Events and to continue supporting prisoners in turning their lives around for the better. With the help of our sponsors, and the generosity of the public, I hope that we can raise even more money from next year’s ball and continue to fly the flag for prisoner rehabilitation through work-based hospitality training and vocational qualifications.”
Tickets to The Clink Charity Ball are priced at £140 per person or a table of 10 can be purchased for £1,300 with each ticket or place including a £10 raffle ticket for the prize draw to win a brand new car.
Tickets are available to buy online at www.theclinkcharityball17.eventbrite.co.uk.