12 November 2010: At the 2010 Benefit Dinner, held last night inside Battersea Power Station, SHINE supporters marked the night with multiple displays of remarkable generosity, with a huge number of donations pledged over the course of the evening. What’s more, the BBC’s Justin Webb even managed to persuade one guest to pay an amazing £145,000 for dinner with SHINE Patron Sir Alex Ferguson.
Once again, the opportunity to have dinner with Sir Alex proved just too tempting for some SHINE supporters. BBC presenter Justin Webb showed considerable skills as an auctioneer as he conducted a bidding war to remember which only concluded after one guest paid £145,000 for a night to remember – dinner for twelve people with Sir Alex and any other football manager they want. Many thanks to all involved for their incredible generosity.
Bryan Ferry fills the floor
After this drama, it was time for the music, introduced by lightning projected onto the walls of Battersea Power Station. Within moments, the dance floor was packed to overflowing as Bryan Ferry and his band treated guests to some of his greatest hits, including ‘Slave to Love’, ‘Love is the Drug’ and ‘Let’s Stick Together’. The dancing continued as top DJ Dan Lywood played his slick mix of classic tracks until guests reluctantly headed home at 1am.
Thanks to Sir Alex, Justin, Bryan and everybody who bought tables, pledged donations and/or doubled those donations with matched funding, the event raised a total of £750,000. And because SHINE’s operating costs are already covered, every penny we receive from this event will go to help some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children receive the time, attention and support they need to help them fulfil their educational potential. We are extremely grateful.