Ipswich: 25,000 reasons to cheer as Press Ball is another triumph!

We did it! Thanks to more than 300 generous and caring Suffolk residents at The Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball, we smashed our �20,000 target for deserving charities.

The glittering evening at Trinity Park on Friday raised a massive �25,000, which will go towards vital causes including the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The 16th annual event raised the cash through a live auction and a silent auction which ran throughout the night.

Since it was founded, the event, which was sponsored by Heart FM, Call Connection Ltd, Deben Transport, UK Power Networks and Riley and Riley, has continued to develop and more money has been secured for worthy causes each year.

Prior to the event, The Star, launched its Lifesaver Appeal to raise �10,000 for the EAAA.

The money will buy new equipment set to be used when the charity introduces its new 24-hour service later this year.

Money will also go to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Lord Deben’s chosen charity – Ormiston Children and Families Trust.

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Entertainment came in the form of The Legendary Old Brown Growler and popular R&B singer Lemar, who wowed the crowd as he took to the stage, ending the night of generosity on a high.

Nigel Pickover, editor of The Star, told of his delight at raising such a large amount of money.

He said: “It was a fantastic night. Everyone had a great time and raised thousands of pounds for worthwhile causes. I’m so proud that we smashed our target. The money raised will help change people’s lives and that is why this event is so important. A big thanks to all those involved for their help especially Mick Parker who organised the night.”

Organiser Mick Parker, of Mick Parker Communications, said: “Parker Communications are delighted with the outcome at this year’s Press Ball.

“We changed things this year and included a silent text auction, balloon bursts, and random prize giveaways during the evening.

“The feedback has been excellent and Lemar was spectacular. We are really looking forward to the Press Ball 2013 – watch this space!”

Graeme Kalbraier, managing director of Call Connection Ltd, said: “I have been involved in the Press Ball for 16 years and have seen it develop and grow into what it is today.”

Chris Bushby, executive director for the Suffolk Agricultural Association, added he was delighted to be involved in this year’s ball.