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In the charity auction held at the ball a bid of £1,600 secured a prize of driving a tank around Salisbury Plain with the army for a day, and £950 was the successful bid for a case of the Duke of Westminster's champagne.
Highlights of the evening, in the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company in London, included dinner, cocktails, fireworks, fairground rides, entertainers and even belly dancers.
Among the frivolity, one attendee donated £100 to get John Higgins, director general of suppliers' organisation Intellect, on stage to dance with the belly dancers.
The event was organised by Intellect and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, with Computer Weekly as media sponsor.
Other sponsors of the charity ball included IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Anite, MessageLabs, Cable & Wireless, Butler Group and Banner Corporation.
Next year's ball will take place on 14 July 2005. For more information contact Tina Compton at Intellect.