IT ball moves to Hammersmith following bombing disruption


IT ball moves to Hammersmith following bombing disruption

John Riley

The IT industry has rallied round to ensure the Intellect ICT Industry Charity Ball takes place this year despite being disrupted by the terrorist attacks in London on 7 July.

Sponsor and supplier support has ensured that the event can take place on the revised date of Tuesday 4 October. The theme of the ball, due to be attended by hundreds of IT professionals, remains "A Night at the Movies" but now includes "A Bop at the Palais" as the new venue is the Hammersmith Palais.

The ball was originally scheduled for 7 July, but given the disruption, police warnings to stay clear of London and the generally sombre mood, it was postponed.

The ball, supported by Computer Weekly and City IT livery company the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, aims to raise up to £100,000 for the Starlight Charity.

The charity helps brighten the lives of seriously ill children by granting wishes and providing entertainment in hospitals throughout the UK. To date Starlight has provided 817 "fun centres" to hospitals and hospices at a cost of £3,000 each, and it aims to open more this year.

The organisers of the ICT Industry Charity Ball are seeking extra sponsorship and making more tables available at the new location to help ensure that Starlight does not lose out because of the disruption.

The event, attended by IT users, suppliers and consultants, will comprise cocktails, dinner, fairground entertainers, charity auctions, tombola, dancing and a variety of entertainment.

There are many prizes to be won and lots in the live auction include:

lA day's clay pigeon shooting with Vinnie Jones for a party of 12

lAlan Bird, head chef of top London restaurant The Ivy, cooking a meal for eight in the successful bidder's own home

lA round of golf at Sunningdale with Dougray Scott, the actor who will play 007 in the next James Bond movie

lA framed Chelsea football shirt signed by this year's Premier League winners.

Prizes in the silent auction and raffle include a case of Bollinger donated by the Duke of Westminster, a box at the proms, a visit to Scotland Yard and various luxury breaks.

The ball's sponsors include Atos Origin, EDS, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, OKI, Sx3, Veritas and GFT.

Since its inauguration in 2000 the annual charity ball has raised more than £150,000 for various charities and each event has been bigger and grander than the last. A table this year costs £1,950 plus VAT, with individual bookings welcome at £195 plus VAT.

Tickets sold for the 7 July event are valid for the new date of 4 October.

For more information, contact Tina Compton

020-7395 6711

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