Ambition's 90th anniversary gala dinner

July 10, 2015

Ambition celebrated its 90th anniversary with a royal gala dinner at Kensington Palace earlier this week. The high profile event, hosted by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, was attended by 130 guests including Ambition’s patron Paul Elliott, and ambassadors Tim Loughton MP and Darius Knight.

The evening started in style with an energetic performance from Embrace, a talented dance collective from East London. Guests enjoyed a summer drinks reception on the terrace of The Orangery, followed by a three course dinner, live auction and evening entertainment.

We were delighted to be joined by our President HRH The Duke of Gloucester, who spoke of his dedication to Ambition and belief in the importance of youth clubs and community projects. He also awarded Levi Hodge from Youth Moves in Bristol with the Volunteer of the Year award for his outstanding work with young people.

Ambition’s patron Paul Elliott spoke passionately of how his youth club had inspired his love of football and helped support his early career. Guests were also treated to the first screening of Ambition’s brand new short film, in which Sam from Blackburn explains how his life was turned around when he walked through the doors of his local youth club.

Auction fever took hold on the night as everyone was busy bidding using an innovative online auction platform which allowed guests to use their smartphones or tablets to bid against one another. An array of exciting prizes were quickly snapped up including tickets to Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, two tickets to a Chelsea football match and a seven night stay at the exclusive St James Clubs resort in Antigua.

A day with The Blades aerobatic display team and a 7 night Sri Lankan spa retreat were just two of the incredible live auction lots won during the evening.

Guests gave extremely generously throughout the night and we are delighted to announce that the event raised a grand total of £80,000 to help transform the lives of young people. All profits from the evening will go to Ambition Giving, our grant giving scheme for clubs and projects across the UK that make a positive difference to local communities.

If you didn’t attend but would like to make a donation, there is still time! Click here.

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