AN EXTRAVAGANT ball staged to coincide with the start of Bury St Edmunds Festival raised almost £20,000 for drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity Focus 12.
Guests at St Edmunds Charity Ball, held at Greene King, were treated to an evening of luxury which began with a Champagne reception where they were served canapés and entertained by a mind-reader.
Diners were shown to their seats where they were able to enjoy a three course meal, complimentary beer and wine, a variety of desserts and coffee served with fudge.
Three people whose lives have been saved by Focus delivered testimonials, with harrowing accounts of how easily lives can spiral out of control, while Chip Somers, Focus 12 chief executive, complimented pub retailer and brewer Greene King for staging the event and creating responsible links to his charity.
A silent auction, followed by a game of heads and tails and music by Captain Scarlet proved popular with ball-goers, while the general auction, run by a Lacy Scott and Knight auctioneer, created a great deal of excitement, with some prizes that achieved bids in excess of £1,500.
Speaking about the money raised, Mr Somers said: “It’s an amazing achievement for a Suffolk based fund-raiser, that’s the sort of amount I usually raise in London.”