Pink socks, ties, carnations, evening gloves, jewellery and frocks were very much in evidence at Leeds' Sinai Synagogue's Pink Ball. The event kicked off with Israeli dancing and included a buffet dinner with champagne cocktails. Money raised on the night will go towards synagogue funds and a donation wlll also be made to the charity appeals of the Lord Mayors of Manchester and Leeds.
Some 400 people were attracted to the Jewish Community Centre's night of "Comedy with a Cause" at The Comedy Store in Piccadilly Circus. The sell-out event, held to raise funds for the JCC for London and breast cancer charity Cancerkin, made £4,500 for the charities. On display were donated customised bras by celebrities including from Rachel Stevens, Emily Maitlis and Maureen Lipman.
Some 350 business leaders attended the inaugural British Israeli Business awards dinner, organised by the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Keynote speakers included Shai Agassi, the founder of Israel based Better Place, who spoke about the challenges facing the world in becoming less dependent on oil and David Willetts MP who spoke about building the strong business partnership between Britain and Israel. The event was held at the Millennium Mayfair hotel in London.
Entrepreneur and Dragons' Den panellist Theo Paphitis was the guest speaker at the annual Business Breakfast fundraiser for Norwood. He spoke to the 200 professionals about the responsibilities of big businesses towards charities as part of the Government's Big Society initiative.
Civil liberties champion Baroness Helena Kennedy was the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for the Jewish Council for Racial Equality. She praised the charity's work in combating racism and assisting refugees and asylum seekers when she addressed the 100 guests. The event, held at Ivy House, north London, raised £30,000 for the charity's work.
The former South African president was the guest speaker at the Anne Frank Trust Holocaust Memorial Day lunch at the Hilton Park Lane. F W de Klerk received a standing ovation from the 630 diners for a speech in which he praised Nelson Mandela and spoke about how even the most intractable of conflicts can be resolved by peaceful means. The lunch raised £275,000 for the work of the Anne Frank Trust.
A capacity crowd of 900 people raised £1 million towards the development of Camp Simcha's services at a gala dinner for the charity. The dinner, held at Old Billingsgate in central London, showcased the charity's services to improve the quality of life of children throughout the UK with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. The event was sponsored by Extreme World Races.
The Deputy Prime Minister was the guest speaker at Jewish Care's Business Breakfast. He spoke to the 270-strong audience at the Mansion House about the economic, social and political challenges that the Government faces. He went on to praise the work done by Jewish Care. "It is inspiring to hear how so many Jewish Care volunteers and staff are helping people in a way that puts their community and their wishes front and centre." The event raised £50,000 for Jewish Care.
Award winning author Howard Jacobson was the guest speaker at the World Jewish Relief Manchester annual dinner. The author shared humorous tales about growing up in Manchester and spoke about his joy at winning the Man Booker Prize last year for his novel The Finkler Question. He also spoke to the 160 guests at the Lowry Hotel about the "humbling importance" of WJR's work in the community. The event raised £80,000 to help WJR fund the new Kharkov Welfare and Community Centre which will open in March.