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On Saturday 11th February 2006, 150 supporters of the ABC Charitable Trust (East Anglia) gathered in the Millennium Suite at Newmarket Racecourse for the first major fund raising event for the Charity, a Grand Valentines Dinner Dance.

Thanks to sponsorship, advertising within the 12 page colour programme and an auction that in itself raised £1,995, the Charity is now £6,000 or so better off, all of which will be put to good use helping children and young people within East Anglia.

Simon Gibson Auctioneering

The Trustees, sponsors and guests danced to Latin American band Los Charros, and their dancers certainly added a different dimension to the evening, teaching various Latin American moves to a very willing audience! All of the ladies in attendance received a red rose, and the guests certainly put on a fine show in their various interpretations of “Black Tie” and “Evening Wear”.

Trustees and Secretary to the Trust

Scottish Widows enjoying themselves

Simon Gibson, a Director of Atkinson Bolton Consulting, and Chairman and Trustee of the ABC Charitable Trust (East Anglia) said “We are delighted that the evening went so well, and that, as our first major fund raising event, we have managed to raise such a significant sum to add to the Charity’s coffers.

The Trustees have a number of projects already in mind, and now look forward to distributing some of these funds, in line with the objects of the Charity, for the benefit of children and young people within East Anglia.”

Dancing to Los Charros

Los Charros

Richard Corbett, award-winning photographer took both formal and informal shots of the guests, and made them available on his web site on Monday morning, less than 36 hours after the event had finished. His services were provided free to the Charity, and certainly proved popular with guests.

Guests enjoying the evening

Valentines roses for all the ladies