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The 2017 Collars and Coats Gala Ball at Battersea Evolution

Mon 06 Nov 2017

On 2nd November, Battersea Evolution welcomed almost 700 guests to the Battersea Collars and Coats charity ball, in support of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, for the ninth year running.

Battersea Evolution was magnificently decorated both externally and internally and, as one of the venue’s smaller events, it was spectacularly transformed to suit the intimate charity ball. Guests entered the venue after strolling along the iconic red carpet where the ‘Strike A Pose’ photo booth awaited them. The reception was filled with antique furniture, including the Prize Library which featured bookcases filled with different prizes to be won. Stunning floral displays were placed around the venue on tables, and also hung from the ceiling as spectacular floral chandeliers.

The evening began with a champagne and canapé reception, shortly followed by a remarkable catwalk and show by dozens of the charity’s rescue dogs, who performed plenty of tricks on the unique 24ft stage extension, and warmed the hearts of the crowd.

Guests then enjoyed a stunning three-course meal which consisted of Blackened Salmon Fillet for their starter, and slow-cooked Feather Blade of Beef, cooked in a rich Bourguignon Sauce, Roast Swede and Herb-Creamed Potato for their main course. Dessert was Blackberry and Bramley Crumble with jugs of Vanilla Bean Custard. Guests enjoyed their delicious three-course banquet, catered for by Smart Hospitality, while listening to some of the stories of the wonderful Battersea rescue animals. Shortly after dinner, guests could take part in a live auction while watching the incredible supporting act, Mica Paris.

The charity dinner is renowned for fantastic headline acts, with Bryan Ferry and Sister Sledge gracing the event in previous years; but this year guests were delighted to have UB40 as their 2017 headline act. The reggae hit-makers performed a selection of their classic songs, including Red Red Wine and (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You. Many other high-profile celebrities showed their support on the night, including hosts Amanda Holden and Paul O’Grady, as well as guests Jennifer Saunders and Jacqueline Wilson.

The charity event was nothing short of glamorous, entertaining and truly heart-warming. To have a look at our case study for this event, and to find out a bit more about Battersea Evolution, click here


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