MORE than 400 guests attended the Lighthouse Club’s annual Summer Ball last month, where a spectacular £40,000 was raised for the construction industry charity.
The event, held at the City Central Marque at the Honorary Artillery Company in London, kicked off with a refreshing glass of champagne and cocktails in the stunning orangery, before guests spilled out on to the garden terrace to make the most of the soaring temperatures.
Host for the evening Aaron James entertained the crowd with his witty repartee and rallied the audience into bidding over £8000 for a unique piece of London skyline artwork painted by the renowned artist Ben Mosley.
A three course meal was delivered to a backdrop of music by ABBA tribute band, Platinum, while a funfair provided plenty more entertainment - allowing guests to enjoy old time classics such as carousel horses, dodgems and even a ferris wheel.
The evening ended with a disco that had everyone up on their feet again and made sure that the infamous Summer Ball ended on a high.
A total of £40,000 was raised during the evening, thanks to the sale of raffle tickets, very generous table collections and eager on-line silent auction bidders.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Club Charity said: “We are continually amazed at the generosity of people and as always we would like to thank all of our supporters who attended on the evening, our sponsors and to all of the helpers who make sure that the evening goes with a swing.
“The money raised from our Summer Ball will go a long way towards helping us continue with our building mental health programme and ensuring that all our construction workers and their families know where to turn to in times of need.”
In 2017 the Construction Industry Helpline supported over 1500 construction families in crisis and over 400 families were granted £735,000 of emergency financial help.
The charity receives no public finance and relies on the support from within the industry and its nationwide network of 21 independent, volunteer managed Regional Lighthouse Clubs to fund its charitable work.
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