The event, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House, welcomed almost 1,200 guests including VIPs and celebrities including former cricketer Phil Tufnell, Strictly Come Dancing Judge Craig Revel Horwood and TV personality Larry Lamb.
Entertainment on the night came from vocal harmony swing group Jack Pack, impressionist Jon Culshaw, a speech from Sir Terry Wogan, a Legends of Sport do Strictly dance-off featuring Martin Offiah, Mark Ramprakash and Mark Foster and the first-ever performance of Gareth Malone's All Star Choir, which was made up off Mel Giedroyc, Maggie Alphonsi, Alice Levine and the Blue Theatre children who performed Wake Me Up by Aviccii.
A three-course meal included a starter of Scottish salmon Mi-Cuit, charred Clarence Court quail egg, pickled cucumber, herb mayonnaise and pea shoots. Vegetarian options included roast sweet potato, red onion and Taleggio tart, smoked garlic and chive butter sauce, broccoli and glazed carrots.
Dessert consisted of a black forest gâteau, Kirsch cherries and almond croquant ice cream.
After dinner, a live auction was hosted by former England international rugby player Martin Bayfield, with a wide array of items and experiences on sale to raise funds for the charity. Auction items included behind the scenes access to Strictly Come Dancing and A Question of Sport, as well as a framed Nelson Mandela picture featuring a replica of his prison key cell.
The night rounded off with a performance from Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley, who sang such hits as Gold and True.
- Four event managers delivered the event
- It is the fourth year Paragon has organised the event
- More than 1,100 guests attended
- Seven suppliers worked on the event across AV, filming and stage production
- A total of 354 bottles of Champagne were consumed at the drinks reception
- The main auction item on the night, a framed Nelson Mandela picture featuring a replica of his prison key cell, raised £15,000 for the charity on the night
Lucy Ainsley, head of events at Paragon, said: "We are so privileged to organise this event for such a wonderful cause and we are delighted with the entertainment and menu that we chose for the evening. The event continues to get fantastic reviews as well as raising money to change the lives of disabled and young people in the UK."
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