Renowned for helping parents feel very much part of the Worth School community and for hosting things well, Friends of Worth’s 2015 Summer Ball proved to be a magical highlight of the year indeed. Chair, Helen Parry, describes the evening…
With the azaleas in full bloom, the summer showers long since gone and the magical tones of the beautiful harp on the Gervase lawn, the scene was set for a truly Enchanting Evening for the guests of the Friends of Worth summer ball on Saturday 30th May.
The evening began with an invitation to take a trip through the Enchanted Forest where participants could try their luck at the Enchanted Tree, winning an iPad, a deluxe coffee machine, spa and sporting experiences and more besides.
Everyone was then welcomed into the main marquee where they received a veritable feast from the forest produced by Worth’s very own and talented catering team, starting with roasted figs and goats cheese, followed by a fillet of beef, which positively melted in the mouth, rounded off beautifully with a truly decadent Black Forest gâteau. All this was washed down with the excellent wines and beers on offer throughout the night, served by the superbly managed bar team made up of former Friends of Worth members and students.
The guest list covered the whole spectrum of the Worth community, from parents, to teachers, from monks to governors and some former pupils. This made it a particularly special evening, giving an opportunity for the parents of the School to present retiring Head Master, Mr Gino Carminati and his wife Anne with their retirement gifts; a beautiful silver and glass claret decanter and a magnificent bouquet of flowers.
The live auction, expertly overseen by our very own auctioneer extraordinaire, Jeremy Bentley, created a brief but frenzied period of bidding for the ever-popular ‘Dinner with the Worth Monks’, a unique holiday in Corfu, a signed England 7s rugby shirt belonging to the captain and Worthian, Tom Mitchell, and a very special overnight stay and dinner at the brand new Hilton Hotel, Bankside.
Between these four lots, the auction raised just shy of £10,000 – a truly amazing contribution to the Ball’s fundraising efforts which will go towards the relocation and re-equipping of the School’s new Chaplaincy. Thank you to all of those who participated so generously in this auction.
No sooner had the auction completed, than the live entertainment began. This was provided by Mojo Cookie, a local band, who succeeded in keeping the dance floor packed for the entire evening.
Many people helped make the evening such a success: Friends of Worth Committee members, those who generously contributed to the fundraising activities – and, of course, all those who came along to support the event and enjoy the evening.