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Charity Ball 2017: Lights, Camera, Auction!


What an incredible night! The PACT for Autism Charity Ball 2017 took place on Saturday 4th November 2017 at the Manor of Groves Hotel in Sawbridgeworth. The theme of this year’s ball was ‘Lights, Camera, Auction!’ – capturing the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with live performances of music from the movies and appearances from Oliver, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins and a squadron of Stormtroopers.

With a splendid three-course meal, a baileys chocolate fountain, dancing from Bedazzled, and a fantastic charity auction hosted by Ricky Groves, the evening flew by – finishing off with a lively disco.

We at PACT had such an unforgettable, emotional time and are so grateful to everybody who came along and made it such a good night to remember.

We would like to give thanks to our main sponsor for the ball, Sé London on behalf of Eva Sharifi, as well as SCCI Alphatrack, Drapers Pallet Trucks Ltd and Famous Memorabilia for your support.

Our entertainment was incredible, and thank you to Bedazzle Performing Arts with the students from Supported Studies at Harlow College, the incredible speech and singing from Dean Beadle, Jason Thorpe and Debbie Hannam performing as Avenue, Dj Mikee H, Wayne Morgan for your singing during dinner, Ricky Groves as our auctioneer and the Joker Squad.

We couldn’t have done the video without Omar Sattaur, and couldn’t have hosted it without Chris Buck on sound and lighting and Ollie Stacey for your tech help throughout the evening. Darren Dean, your voiceovers were fantastic!

We owe a big thank you to our characters, Faye Linden, Jack Downey, Connor Linden, Vanessa Wood and Maddie Parker, as well as to ‘the PACT Beauties’, Grace Parker, Jayde Pennick, Kelly Middleton-Evans, Natalie Shields, Rachel Owen and Vikki Tee for making the evening so fun.

Robyn Wakelin, we owe you the wine 🙏and we’d like to give thanks to Keeley Hire for the props and to Liz Evans.

Finally we’d like to thank the PACT team for all of your hard work over the year preparing for the ball; and all of our children, for everything they’ve blessed us with, and everything they are. Thank you ❤️