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‘INTERLAW DIVERSITY FORUM WINTER CARNIVAL: STAR STUDDED GALA FUNDRAISER HOSTED BY SIR IAN MCKELLEN SUCCESSFULLY RAISED JUST UNDER £60,000 FOR THE ALBERT KENNEDY TRUST’
Last night’s Winter Carnival hosted by Sir Ian Mckellen was a great success as the event raised just under £60,000 for the Albert Kennedy Trust. The funds raised will go a long way in helping the trust, which supports several hundred at-risk and homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) young people every year.
The Winter Carnival was organised by the InterLaw Diversity Forum, and co-Hosted by CMS Cameron McKenna, Clifford Chance, the Law Society of England and Wales and Hogan Lovells. Additionally this year’s VIP Dining Room was sponsored by Investec and the VIP drinks reception by White & Case. Other sponsors of the event included Baker & McKenzie, Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst.
Ian Mckellen was joined by a number of celebrities and important members of the legal community including Jane Hill, Sophie Ward, Charlie Condou, Rylan Clark, Dr Christian Jessen, Dan G Sells,Robbie Rogers, Robin Windsor, Jodie Harsh, Baroness Patricia Scotland (former Attorney General and member House of Lords) and Fiona Woolf (CMS partner and next Lord Mayor of London from November 2013) to celebrate the Vernal Equinox in the mythically themed ‘Enchanted Land’. In addition to great food and company, guests were treated to a series of magical performances from actors, singers, saxophonists, violinists, hand balancers, burlesque dancers and mythical characters including Matt VanKan and Velma Celli.
The evening began at The Club at The Ivy at 18:00 where guests enjoyeda VIP drinks reception sponsored by U’Luvka Vodka and White Case followed by a gala dinner hosted by Sir Ian McKellen, who has been a great supporter of the Albert Kennedy Trust for years:
“I have supported the Albert Kennedy trust since it started in 1989. Their work with homeless and at risk lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people is vitally important and makes immeasurable differences to hundreds of lives every year. “
Every year, a collection of signature cocktails is created for the Winter Carnival. This year, our generous drink sponsor U’Luvka Vodka had mixologists at the Club to weave their favourite flavours and taste sensations into perfectly unique and delicious cocktails to accompany a fabulous canapés reception.
Guests were also treated to the finest food that is the hallmark of the Club at the Ivy. The menu included Herb Roast Salmon with chopped duck egg, pink fir apple potatoes and watercress, Confit of Duck, Passion Fruit Crème Brule and other delicacies.
The annual event wouldn’t have been complete without a spectacular musical performance: following the dinner and auction, Brit-Award Winning harmonisers BLAKE gave guests an unforgettable performance. This was followed by a cocktail reception in the piano bar and dance in Jodie Harsh’s Boudoir in the Loft. Guests were treated to yet more entertainment by some of London’s favorite DJ’s: DmiTry StriGun, Munroe Bergdorf and Jodie Harsh herself.
Daniel Winterfeldt, Head of International Capital Markets at CMS Cameron McKenna and Founder of the InterLaw Diversity Forum: “We at the InterLaw Diversity Forum continue to build our relationship with the Albert Kennedy Trust and are so thrilled that their patron Sir Ian McKellenhosted the Winter Carnival again this year. This event showcases the legal sector’s deep engagement with the wider community and demonstrates the impact that the InterLaw DiversityForum has across and beyond the legal sector.”
Tim Sigsworth, Chief Executive of AKT said: “On behalf of the trust and the young people we support, we’d like to say a huge thank you to the InterLaw Diversity Forum, the co-hosts and sponsors of the Winter Carnival, and all who donated items to the auction for what turned out to be a fantastic, record-breaking event.”
He added; “This year’s event raised much needed funds for the Kristian Digby Fund – a fund set up in his memory to honour the support he gave to the Albert Kennedy Trust. This year we have seen a massive 40% increase in young people seeking help, so support is vital to ensure that these young LGBT people receive the start in life they deserve.”
Guests were able to donate money to benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust by purchasing one of the luxury goody bags containing items ranging from exclusive handmade bow ties by London’s O-TIE to miniature luxury bottles of U’Luvka Vodka, Green & Blacks chocolates, Chipotlevouchers , Giorgio Armani Skin Minerals samples, One Water hydration gifts and other luxury goodies.
Many of the bags included special prizes, among them Magnum Gift sets by U’luvka Vodka with handmade signature crystal glasses, £500 vouchers to spend at Mr Porter and Unconditional, VIP tickets to Beyonce’s London shows later this year, Hobbit and X-Men collectables signed by Sir Ian McKellen, theatre tickets to top London shows at the Royal Court, Donmar and Old Vic, socks from British designers Foxhall, burrito parties donated by Chipotle and many more.
A central part of the evening was the Winter CarnivalAuction to raise funds for the Albert Kennedy Trust. Guests had a chance to win a range of fantastic auction prizes that were generously donated byConnaught & Whitehall Capital Ltd, OK! Magazine, Josh Colwell, The Sanctuary, James Wharton, CMS Cameron MCKenna, Dame Maggi Hambling, The Royal Court Theatre, Jane Hill, Mayfair Suits, Foxhall, Gary David Amers, Robin Windsor, Immodesty Blaize, Daniel Alexander Ashley and Gymbox.
All proceeds raised from the Winter Carnival directly benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust and its visionary work in the UK and around the world.
This year’s event was co-produced by: Chris Fitchew at BEAU Production and Tom Arendas at Penthouse 12 Events.
Pro-bono PR work by: Katch International
You can still support the vital work of the AKT by texting ‘LGBT15 + the amount ‘ to 70070 e.g. LGBT15 £5 or for online donations, you can visit: http://akt.org.uk/help-us/donating.html
NOTE TO EDITORS:
The Winter Carnival is organised by the InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT networks that brings together City lawyers, in-house counsel from leading companies and supporters of LGBT equality from elite law firms, bulge bracket investment banks and multi-national corporates. They are a well-heeled and generous group and this event is the charity’s largest single annual fundraiser.
The Albert Kennedy Trust
The Albert Kennedy Trust supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or are living in a hostile environment. They aim to meet the individual needs of each young person, ensuring they back on track in their lives. But to do this, they rely heavily on the support from donors and partners. The Trust supports several hundred young people every year who have experienced domestic violence or whom have been ejected from their homes just for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. Visit www.akt.org for more information.
The InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks
The InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks, founded in March 2008 by Daniel Winterfeldt, is an inter-organisational forum for LGBT networks for people working in the legal sector. The overall objective of the Forum is to encourage LGBT diversity and inclusion in the profession. The InterLaw Diversity Forum has over 1,500 members and supporters from more than 70 law firms and 40 corporate and financial institutions. Visit www.interlawdiversityforum.org for more information.
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