Fantastic prize announced for Press Ball

WITH just over a month to go preparations are today hotting up for the Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball. As excitement mounts for the night of nights, we can today announce another magnificent prize due to be auctioned during the evening.

WITH just over a month to go preparations are today hotting up for the Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball.

As excitement mounts for the night of nights, we can today announce another magnificent prize due to be auctioned during the evening.

Bosses at the luxurious Dunston Hall hotel, near Norwich, have donated a two-night stay with dinner on one evening and full use of spa facilities and champagne on ice on arrival.

Inaugurated in 1997 by The Evening Star, the Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball has raised more than a quarter of a million pounds for Disability Care Enterprise (DCE) - a Suffolk-based charity which provides specialised equipment for disabled people.

Hotel general manager Denis McEvoy said: “We are delighted to be able to support this year's Press Ball. DCE is a fantastic charity and we wish the 2007 Press Ball every success.”

Set in 150 acres of park and woodland, Dunston Hall is the final word in luxury.

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With its sweeping drive, imposing Elizabethan frontage, the 166 bedroom hotel offers the best in relaxation and leisure with a spa, sauna and a fitness suite, while golfers will enjoy the 18-hole championship golf course.

Dunston Hall, a member of the De Vere hotel group, offers a choice of dining experiences with a number of different restaurants. Guests can choose to indulge in superb a la carte cuisine at the exquisite La Fontaine Restaurant or partake in the locally renowned, informal carvery.

There is also a state-of-the-art Brasserie Bar and Grill that was opened in December, which offers an a la carte menu plus a traditional carvery.

At the golf club's 'Bunkers', bistro style cuisine is available for a lighter snack after you come off the golf course.

Press Ball organiser Bridget York, of top London events company Entire Affair, said: “This is an amazing auction prize for the Press Ball. A fantastic hotel, the two night stay will be a highly coveted prize among the evening's guests.”

Graeme Kalbraier, managing director of Press Ball sponsors Call Connection, said: “DCE is such a deserving cause and a charity close to my heart. We are very grateful to Dunston Hall and all the other supporters of this year's Press Ball.

“Without generosity like this the Press Ball just wouldn't be the same. I am looking forward to watching the ferocious bidding.”

DCE director Carolyne Morey said: “I cannot thank Dunston Hall enough for supporting the Press Ball. This generous auction prize will enable us to raise even more money for DCE. Every penny raised during the Press Ball goes directly to helping those people that need our help.”

A DAZZLING night held at the Hotel Elizabeth, Copdock, the Press Ball attracts the cream of Suffolk society.

And as preparations get underway for this year's fantastic Ice Ball theme, the 2007 event is expected to be the biggest and best yet.

As reported in The Evening Star, organisers have secured the services of heart-throb pop star Tony Hadley in a massive coup for what has become the highlight of the county's social calendar.

The Press Ball catering statistics include 900 baby carrots, 1,650 potatoes, and 100 bottles of champagne to be served by 50 restaurant and bar staff.

1997-£3,000

1998-£6,000

1999-£21,000

2000-£35,000

2001-£33,000

2002-£40,000

2003-£26,000

2004-£31,000

2005-£22,000

2006-£40,000

Total so far-£257,000

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