More than 700 people attended the UJIA annual dinner and campaign launch at the Hilton Hotel in central London. Guest speaker Dan Gillerman, Israel’s ex-UN ambassador, spoke to the guests about the connection between the community and Israel and his hopes for the New Year. The event, hosted by Anita and Poju Zabludowicz, raised £3.7m for UJIA programmes in Israel and the UK.
Nana Events attracted more than 500 people to The Langley in London’s Covent Garden for its “Encore Mania” evening. Organiser Joseph Menahem said the committee “wants to hold parties for young professionals while raising money for charity”. The event raised £1,500 for World Jewish Relief.
More than 700 people supported Kisharon’s fundraising dinner at the Hilton Park Lane. Guest speaker Lord Strathclyde, leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords, commented that “the Kisharon family of special needs services represents a model of comprehensive care and development”. The event raised £500,000 for Kisharon’s services
Actress and campaigner Joanna Lumley was the star attraction at the annual UJIA women’s appeal. Ms Lumley spoke of her admiration for the Jewish community, and praised the work of the UJIA for its projects that help the “Jewish family” to thrive. The 400 guests at the Westfield London Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush raised £120,000 for UJIA’s educational work in the UK and in Israel
World Jewish Relief hosted an event at Hertfordshire’s Hartsbourne Country Club for golfers to showcase their skills while learning about the charity’s aid operation, Gifts in Kind. The 96 golfers raised £28,500 for GiK
Mayor of London Boris Johnson was the guest speaker at the Jewish Museum’s annual gala dinner. “It is vital to remember what the Jewish community has done for London and it is also vital to remember the seneseless threats that Jews have faced throughout history,” he told the 200 guests at the Mansion House in the City of London. The event raised £200,000 towards the £10 million rebuild of the museum’s Camden Town premises, due to reopen early next year
The Millennium Hotel in London’s Mayfair was the venue for Jewish Care’s gentleman’s boxing dinner organised by the charity’s Next Generation committee. The 180-strong crowd raised £50,000 for the Jack Gardner House in Golders Green, a residential home for young adults with long-term mental health needs.
BBC business editor Robert Peston was the guest speaker at World Jewish Relief’s annual Business Breakfast. In his address to the 235 guests, he gave his analysis of the current economic situation. He also told the audience that the pressures on the global economy meant “it becomes even more necessary for WJR to continue helping those less fortunate”. The event, held at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, raised £105,000 for WJR projects.
Retail guru Mary Portas was the guest speaker at Chai Cancer Care’s first major ladies’ lunch fundraiser. In her address she told the 140 guests about her career in the fashion industry and, referring to her recent BBC series, she said that she wanted to pass on her expertise to the charity-shop sector. The event, held at the Totteridge home of Karen and Andrew Harris, raised £60,000 for Chai’s services.