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Party theme for Suffolk ball

PUBLISHED: 19:11 02 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:40 03 March 2010

LET'S Celebrate.

The glittering Evening Star Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball 2003 will be a spectacular night to remember.

More than 250 people will attend the June 27 event at the County Hotel in Copdock where the theme is celebration.

LET'S Celebrate.

The glittering Evening Star Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball 2003 will be a spectacular night to remember.

More than 250 people will attend the June 27 event at the County Hotel in Copdock where the theme is celebration.

It is all for a good cause – we aim to raise a staggering £20,000 Suffolk charity Disability Care Enterprise in just ONE night.

The fun kicks off when guests arrive with comic hotel host look-a-likes Manuel and Basil Fawlty on hand to meet and greet before a Pimms reception. This is followed by an excellent three-course meal served before the music starts.

This year we have two bands – Bee Gees and Abba tribute acts

In between dancing is a fabulous grand Auction and tombola.

Auction lots include a family holiday at the new Centre Parcs Elevedon forest complex and a giant figure from Monsters Inc donated by Asda Ipswich worth over £1,000.

A host of surprises are in store, including the possible appearance of a national TV star.

The aim is to raise funds to help children with disabilities and their families across Suffolk and we will feature some of these children in the run-up to the event.

Austen Dack Evening Star Brand Manager said. The Press Ball really is one of THE nights on the Suffolk social calendar.

"Over the last few years we have raised over £100,000 for DCE and this year we would like to celebrate this wonderful fund raising initiative and have a real party night – and of course raise some more for this marvellous cause."

Bridget York senior press manager for British Gas is delighted to be sponsoring this event once again. "British Gas regards this ball as one of the best organised charity events in the country," said Bridget, "the money raised all goes to disabled children in Suffolk, it is a night British Gas are proud to be associated with."

Carolyne Morey, DCE project manager, said: "It is genuinely one of the biggest things for the charity. It is not just the fundraising on the night, but all the publicity that goes with it. We are so grateful to the people involved, Nigel Pickover, Austen Dack and British Gas who put a lot of personal time into it. They have done us proud."

Many tables have already been reserved this year by press ball favourites such as the Ipswich and Norwich Coop and Direct Motorline plus new companies keen to join in the Press Ball experience such as the Ipswich Partnership and utility services provider 24/7

Tables left for the ball are limited but if you would like to book one, or donate prizes for the tombola or auction call Austen Dack on 01473 324843.

If you would like to donate money to DCE for the Press Ball fund please send cheques made payable to DCE to Evening Star Press Ball Fund, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN.

Press Ball facts money raised so far £135,000:

1998 we raised £6,000

1999 the figure was £21,000

2000 it grew to £35,000

2001 it was £33,000

2002 we raised an incredible £40,000


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