Success at The Mad Hatters!

Success at The Mad Hatters!

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Last Thursday night (June 16, 2011), we were treated to a grand evening at The Mad Hatters fundraising event for Bliss, at the Carnivale Bar in the East End of London. The evening was a celebration of the massive fundraising effort by the BNI 3 Peaks team, who handily conquered the three highest mountains in England (Scafell Pike), Scotland (Ben Nevis) and Wales (Snowdon). You can read more about how the Clerkenwell team met the challenge in earlier BNI Clerkenwell blog posts.

With many prizes to be won (both in the raffle and fabulous silent auction), blackjack & roulette, massages, a standup comic, delicious homemade cupcakes, music, and conviviality on tap, a great time was had by all. I also hear that a milestone funding target was achieved on the evening (though you can still donate to this worthy cause here). Well done everyone!

There were two photographers attending the evening: Paul Lewis of PGL Productions was taking party photos, printing them out on the spot, and generously giving them to the attendees (know of any events that might appreciate his team’s fun and versatile services?), and Charles Gervais of Both Hemispheres Photography (who prefers portraits and advertising work, but was once a dab hand at event photography). Charles has put up a full gallery of photos from the evening here, but you can get a sneak peak at a selection of photos below:

Yum, cupcakes! (I hear and obey, oh sign on the table...)

Yum, cupcakes! (I hear and obey, oh sign on the table...)

John rakes it in on the blackjack table

John rakes it in on the blackjack table

Andrew Blisses out near the silent auction board

Andrew Blisses out near the silent auction board

Fabulous auction prize: Banksy self portrait (kindly donated by John Brandler)

Fabulous auction prize: Banksy self portrait (kindly donated by John Brandler)

Ian stands, formidable ("Where Sage is your bouncer solution")

Ian stands, formidable ("Where Sage is your bouncer solution")

Emma's cupcakes! Yum! Yum! Yum!

Emma's cupcakes! Yum! Yum! Yum!

Ian gives an ego boost to a height-challenged colleague

Ian gives an ego boost to a height-challenged colleague

The Silent Auction bids go up, and up!
The Silent Auction bids go up, and up!
Ali, Andrew and Emma hold court on the stage (Mad Hatters all)
Ali, Andrew and Emma hold court on the stage (Mad Hatters all)
The gang is all here! (and over there, and up there, and out there...)
The gang is all here! (and over there, and up there, and out there…)
Nick and Ali, King and Queen Mad Hatters

Nick and Ali, King and Queen Mad Hatters

Black 11 is a winner!

Black 11 is a winner!

Until next time.

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