Guests came from all over the county to be greeted by the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Canterbury, Councillor George Metcalfe and Mrs Lillian Metcalfe. Sandwich Carnival Queen, Miss Amber Frost, also attended the event and presented prizes for the games throughout the evening.
Entertainment commenced with a champagne reception with guests serenaded by Herne Bay based Soloist - Carla Winters. Other Kent cultural delights included an art exhibition by Fenster Art Limited and the opportunity to celebrate and sample a range of exclusive Kentish products including luxury chocolate, cider and beer. Guests also had some fun with a mock casino, party games, a fun photo booth, competitions, raffles and a finale disco by Whitstable, DJ Generation Vinyl.
Ingrid Blades, Chair of Kent Enterprise Trust said “We will put every single penny earned, directly into the work of our charitable mission and we have already plans in place to increase the impact of our services.”
Julie Eastwood, main sponsor said “Kennedy Scott is passionate about supporting people into work, and as such were proud to be a major sponsor of Kent Enterprise Trust's Gala Ball. We work closely with the Trust to help unemployed people in Kent to move into lasting employment, and we were delighted to see so many people attend this event and show their support for the vital work that Kent Enterprise Trust does within the local community."
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, Robinsons, Quinns, Kennedy Scott, Green Insurance, Harvey Woods Gardening Services and guests the event is expected to have raised when all donations come in between three and five thousand pounds for the charity.
Sandra Worth a Partner at Canterbury Solicitors, Robinsons who was one of the major sponsors supporting the event said “The Gala Ball was a great success. I feel the event has greatly helped to promote the charity and what it does in the community which will hopefully continue to improve the profile of Kent Enterprise Trust in the future. Robinsons Solicitors will certainly be supporting the charity’s community initiatives and events in the future too.”