IT industry enjoys a night at the movies in aid of children's charity

More than 400 IT industry professionals turned up for this year's Intellect ICT Charity Ball. The turnout helped ensure proceeds were well in excess of last year's £50,000.

More than 400 IT industry professionals turned up for this year's Intellect ICT Charity Ball. The turnout helped ensure proceeds were well in excess of last year's £50,000.

It was a particularly successful outcome for the main beneficiary, the Starlight Children's Foundation. The ball had been originally scheduled for 7 July, but had to be cancelled at a few hours' notice and replanned following the London Underground bombings.

The theme of the ball was "A night at the movies", held at the revised venue of London's Hammersmith Palais.

Determined to make the evening a success, one anonymous benefactor undertook to double whatever was raised on the charity auction on the night. It will take a couple of weeks to arrive at the final total for the ball, which was supported by Computer Weekly and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

The Starlight charity helps seriously ill children by granting wishes and providing entertainment for them in hospitals throughout the UK.

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

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