IT industry prepares to 'bop at the Palais'


IT industry prepares to 'bop at the Palais'

John Kavanagh

The IT industry is gearing up for this year's Intellect ICT Industry Charity Ball, which was postponed to October 4 following the London bombings on 7 July - the day it was to have taken place.

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, 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 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:

  • A day's clay pigeon shooting with ex-footballer and film star Vinnie Jones for a party of 12
  • Alan Bird, head chef of top London restaurant The Ivy, cooking a meal for eight in the successful bidder's own home
  • A round of golf at Sunningdale with Dougray Scott, the actor who will play 007 in the next James Bond movie
  • A framed Chelsea football shirt signed by the 2005 Premier League winners.

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. 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 at Intellect

020-7395 6711

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