Press Ball was a night to remember

GALLERY & VIDEO Glamour, glitter, and style matched with unsurpassed generosity - it was a night we'll never forget. Today we are celebrating a double whammy of cash windfalls for not one but two of our community's most important causes.

GLAMOUR, glitter, and style matched with unsurpassed generosity - it was a night we'll never forget.

Today we are celebrating a double whammy of cash windfalls for not one but two of our community's most important causes.

The Evening Star is delighted to announce that Friday's prestigious Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball smashed through its target of £20,000 and raised a whopping £25, 505 for chosen charities Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Disability Care Enterprise (DCE).

Held at the Hotel Elizabeth, Copdock, top notch entertainment came from legendary pop group and Eurovision Song Contest winners The Original Bucks Fizz.

Delicious food and fine wines added to the sophistication of what has become the undoubted highlight of the Suffolk social calendar.

Speaking as the dazzling event drew to a close Sandra Howarth of Cystic Fibrosis Trust said: “This is an amazing result for the trust

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“This has been a splendid event and we have managed to raise a staggering amount for the charity. We cannot thank the organisers and guests enough for this superb donation.”

Caroline Morey, of DCE added: “Tonight has been an outstanding success. This is an amazing result for DCE and fantastic news for the disabled people we help.”

Today organisers of the twelfth Press Ball spoke of their gratitude after the event.

Graeme Kalbraier, managing director of press ball sponsors Call Connection, said: “This is an amazing result.

“The Press Ball never fails to impress and this has been a splendid event and we have managed to raise a staggering amount for the charities.

Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover said: “This has been a spectacular evening for Cystic Fibrosis Trust and DCE and I am delighted with tonight's incredible result.

“On behalf of the whole Evening Star team I would like to thank every organisation, every company, every individual that has given up time, offered auction and raffle prizes and provided sponsorship and services to make this year's Press Ball such a resounding success.”

Striking flower arrangements, delicious food, fine wines and breathtaking decorations the Press Ball's event organisers Entire Affair were on hand throughout the evening to make sure everyone's needs were catered for.

Bridget York, creative director, for Entire Affair oversaw the superb Champagne Ball theme.

She said: “This year we pulled out all the stops and this was the best we have ever done. It was a lot of hard work but I was delighted with how everything looked.

“I am so pleased the press ball raised so much money for such deserving causes.”

Have you been helped by the Press Ball charities? Were you at the event? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk