Drakes Diamond Gala raises over £15,000 for St Luke’s

Drakes Diamond Gala Raises Thousands for local Charity

Local jewellers Drakes raised a massive total of £15,600 for St Luke’s Hospice at their third Diamond Gala Ball at the Crowne Plaza, Plymouth.

Over 330 guests attended and enjoyed a wonderful evening at the glitzy ball hosted by BBC personality David Fitzgerald, with the theme for the evening being kept top secret right until the doors opened on the night.

Guests entered a gold-themed ballroom, adorned with hanging globe candles, orchids and beautiful candelabras, and were welcomed by the incredible Ambassador Band from London, who had guests on the dance floor before the introductions even began.
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uests enjoyed canapés, a delicious two course meal and were invited to take part in the Stand for a Grand Competition, where lucky winner Carole Roberts won an incredible £1,000 in cash to take home.

On the night guests were also invited to take part in a charity raffle and a live and silent auction where some incredible prizes were on offer.

Drakes were very grateful to the many local businesses which generously donated many fantastic prizes for the prestigious charity ball.

Prizes included a Vispring Bed worth up to £5,000, an evening at home with local chef Ben Palmer where he would cook a meal for eight people and a BMW i8 for the weekend, which Ocean BMW kindly agreed to donate three times over when three guests were relentlessly trying to outbid each other.

Drakes were also delighted to be offered two spontaneous prizes on the night to auction including two sets of Manchester United executive tickets to a game of their choice to the highest bidders.

The family run jewellers were thrilled to welcome back the incredibly popular 10 piece London group, Ambassador Band, who had the dance floor filled all night long!

Monique Hirshman, Drakes director and organiser of the Drakes Diamond Gala said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we have raised such a fantastic amount for St Luke’s Hospice and it’s amazing that an event enjoyed by so few can benefit so many!

“This is a cause very close to all of our hearts and we hope this money will go a long way in supporting the incredible work they carry out within our local community. Everyone had such a wonderful evening and I am completely overwhelmed by the lovely comments from our guests! Thank you to everyone who came along and helped make it a night to remember.”

It was the third Gala Ball that Drakes have hosted in support of St Luke’s Hospice, and together with a past jewellery recycling scheme have raised in excess of £61,000! St Luke’s provide specialist advice and support to people with progressive life-limiting illnesses in Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall.

Penny Hannah, head of fundraising at St Luke’s Hospice said: “What a team Drakes Jewellers are… so committed, professional and fun. We would like to thank each and every one of you! The Hirshman family are total gems, Monique is so committed to helping St Luke’s create more local care, how wonderful that one family can help so many more local families, thank you! The families that are experiencing much sadness at this time will benefit from your kindness, they will know your family has a diamond heart.”

 

 

First published in the Plymouth Shopper – November 2017

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