Jewish Care’s £50k punch

July 2, 2009

Jewish Care rolled with the punches in London’s Mayfair — and came out on top by £50,000.

A gentleman’s boxing dinner organised by the charity’s Next Generation committee attracted a boisterous 180-capacity crowd to the Millennium Hotel.

As well as a three-fight bill arranged by boxing impresario Robert Waterman, the sporting theme extended to a silent auction for sporting memorabilia including a boxing glove signed by Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and other heavyweight champions.

Also up for grabs were autographed Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester United and Brazil footballing items, and for the musically inclined, a gold disc for U2’s Rattle & Hum album. An end-of-evening auction conducted from the ring gave Arsenal and Spurs fans the opportunity to snap up executive seats to watch their respective teams next season.

Committee chairman Richard Goldstein said the evening’s proceeds will benefit Jack Gardner House in Golders Green, a residential home for young adults with long-term mental health needs, run in conjunction with the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill. “These residents need to live in a home that encourages their independence and maintains their dignity. Providing support of this type costs a considerable amount.”

Last updated: 3:40pm, July 16 2009