The Midsummer Ball, sponsored by Skerritts, returned once again to Hilton Brighton Metropole this June, in support of the Foundation and Brighton-based charity Rockinghorse. Rockinghorse is the fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and over the years the Foundation has awarded them over £70,000 to support their work with sick and vulnerable children in Sussex.
Ball goers were invited to the 1920s themed Midsummer Ball on 20 June to enjoy a fantastic evening of entertainment, including a Strictly Come Dancing style dance competition featuring 4 local personalities.
The evening was hosted by BBC Sussex’s Barry Pike, who introduced the dancers and the Head Judge for the dance competition Zoe Ball, who is a long-time supporter of the Brighton Ball and has impeccable experience in dance technique thanks to her role as host of BBC2’s Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two. Zoe was joined by David Hill, the CEO of E3 group who were responsible for coordinating the fabulous evening’s entertainment, and Jack the Lad, presenter of the Heart Sussex Breakfast Show.
The dancers took to the floor in their finest flapper wear to perform their Charleston routines. Eleanor Harris, Chief Executive of Brighton i360 and Heart Sussex Breakfast Show presenters Nicola Hume and Tom Evans all danced their best Charleston to the delight of the crowd, but the evening’s trophy went to Barry Carden, Managing Director of Carden’s Accountants in Hove, who raised over £7,000 in sponsorship. The dancers had all worked extremely hard in the run up to learn their routines, with support and choreography from I Charleston Brighton and the Brighton Academy.
As well as enjoying the wonderful dancing, guests enjoyed a sumptuous three course meal and champagne reception prepared by Hilton Brighton Metropole Head Chef and team. Throughout the night guests were able to bid on some fantastic prizes in the ball auction including a 5 night’s stay for two people at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa and there was also a game of heads and tails featuring a meal for 10 provided by Ben McKellar, Founder of The Gingerman Restaurant. The ball raised over £68,000 (net) for the Foundation, and Rockinghorse, the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Thank you to General Manager Sascha Koehler and his fantastic team at Hilton Brighton Metropole as well as ball sponsors Skerritts, E3 for providing the entertainment, Fairfax Meadow, Ritter Courivuad Ltd, Town & Country Fine Foods, Seafood Holdings Ltd, Brake Bros Ltd, PSAV Ltd and the United Fresh Consortium Ltd for an incredible evening.