Diverse Abilities celebrated raising £82,000 at its annual gala ball, held at Poole Lighthouse, which was raising funds for the vital services the charity runs to support children and adults living with disabilities in Dorset, and their families.
The Narnia themed gala ball was an extraordinary evening with over 450 people attending the event. Adults and families the charity supports, Diverse Abilities staff, sponsors and other members of the local community had an unforgettable time from the moment they walked in on the red carpet until carriages arrived at 1am.
Guests enjoyed a drinks reception before entering the magical ballroom through a doorway filled with fur coats, snow and trees. The Snow Queen and Mr Tumnus surprised those in attendance with a mystical performance before the three-course meal and wine was served.
Other entertainment was provided by local band Funkty Dumpty, Higher Beings POI performers, a photo booth and a post dinner treat of Turkish Delight. There was also a chance to win a diamond necklace donated by Franses Jewellers and various prizes from a silent and live auction.
Lauren McCullough, events manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “Everyone in attendance had a truly memorable night. Words can’t even express how delighted we are with the funds raised. A massive thank you goes to everyone that attended and our sponsors – Franses Jewellers, Global Group, SMASH:club, Green Space UK, Forelle Estates, Reward I.T and Supply Shack. Without their support the event could not have happened.”
The monies raised at the gala ball, and other events Diverse Abilities run every year, has a huge impact on the children, adults and families the charity supports. Without the help of the local community, Diverse Abilities could not run its services and make a difference to those it cares for, providing children and adults a future they deserve and being a lifeline to parents.