On 2 March 2013, 318 guests gathered at the Majestic Hotel Harrogate to celebrate the work of Open Arms Malawi, and helped to raise a fantastic £40,429 !
To start the evening, and during a champagne reception sponsored by DePuy Synthes, guests took part in a balloon raffle, purchasing a balloon in exchange for a guaranteed prize donated by some very generous companies and individuals. They were then welcomed into the Ballroom by the joyful sounds of the Open Arms Ladies, recorded in Malawi.
Next, a sumptuous three course dinner was served while guests got stuck into the Silent Auction. The atmosphere soon became competitive as guests vied for holidays, sports memorabilia and exclusive days out, from Afternoon Tea at the House of Lords, to a VIP experience at the Polo!
In between courses guests were left to flick through our very own OA! magazine, a ball brochure with a difference
The fundraising was topped off with a Live Auction, where guests were able to bid on meaningful lots such as providing School fees for the children, or paying for one of our ladies salaries. One lucky bidder won a 10 day visit to Malawi, mixing the luxury of a wilderness safari, with the chance to see first hand the work of Open Arms on the ground.
After the excitement of the Auction, guests took to the dance floor for a spectacular performance by The Nightjars.
What a fabulous night it was! Thank you to everyone who supported The Open Arms Ball, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Thank you TO EVERYONE who donated raffle prizes, contributed to the Auction, bought tickets for the ball and helped us to raise a fantastic amount for the children in Malawi!
Your donation will help children in Malawi grow up healthy with the love of a family