SINCE 1950 the World Vision charity has been uniting people of all nationalities and religions to offer much-needed help, support and solutions for vulnerable children in perplexing situations.
For the sixth year running the Puente Romano hotel and its staff have pulled out all the stops in support of this international children’s aid organisation, probably one of the largest in the world faced with some of the toughest challenges.
Much can be done for charity in Marbella by throwing a party to appeal in particular to the more affluent members of our community.
In just one night significant amounts of money can be raised and thanks to the public interest in the glamour and the jet-set, much awareness is created throughout the local international community with worldwide repercussions.
Testament to the success of the Puente Romano Summer Galas over the past five years is a new hospital in the outskirts of Nairobi that now treats children in the area affected by life-threatening diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, the number one cause of child mortality in that country.
For maximum exposure the Puente Romano hotel chooses a date in mid-August when Marbella is at its peak and the hotel at maximum occupation.
This year the gala was held on August 16 and although it had much competition with the Feria in Malaga and some other emblematic events and concerts that same day, the attendance was such that the event was moved from the Sea Grill restaurant to El Chiringuito restaurant beach club to be able to seat the 300 plus guests.
This new setting was idyllic: El Chiringuito is right on the ocean front at Puente Romano and was voted the best beach club by Conde Nast Traveler for 2018.
Thomas Stork, executive chef of Puente Romano, orchestrated the 4 course sit down meal perfectly with a selection of the finest wines and all guests were first welcomed with champagne, cocktails and canapés courtesy of Nobu.
Many passers-by also delighted with the spectacle as they strolled down the boardwalk, very much enjoying the pop-up fashion show and superb evening’s entertainment.
The standard of artists that performed was excellent. Highlights included the 19-year-old singer-songwriter Trevis Brendmoe from Norway. This teen pop-idol flew in for the evening and proved his talents capturing even the more mature members of the audience’s attention with his songs, featuring his tracks “Paranoid” and “Ain’t the One” together with some very cool dance moves.
Andrea Grant also graced the guests with a one-off performance of ‘Around the World’ by Lisa Stansfield.
Andrea has been Lisa Stansfield’s backing vocalist for over 10 years and is also one of the singers in the Strictly Come Dancing Band on the popular TV show.
Taking a few weeks holiday in Marbella Andrea volunteered her talents, choosing our very own local singing diva Maya Chewaluza as her backing vocalist for the night and their performance was stellar. (As an aside, Maya’s sister, Sumaia Alanez will be singing this summer from Tuesdays to Sundays with the funky DJ Godoy in El Chiringuito at Puente Romano).
The Fireworks display at midnight was mesmerising and the perfect launch into an outstanding performance by headliner Snap!
Although now in her fifties she was dynamic and her songs conjured up such memories that the elegant crowd didn’t think twice about jumping up to boogie on down as everyone remembered they still “Got the Power” and that “Rhythm is a dancer”.
Tara Lorimer the wedding events planner for Puente Romano was the MC together with co-host Jhonatan Ranchal for the Spanish introductions.
The €9000 necklace donated by Neuhaus was announced during the event but to the relief of all present the other raffle ticket prizes were displayed inside El Chiritinguito for people to check for themselves. Invitations were also handed out to attend the after party in the Suite nightclub to wind up a perfect night.
If you would also like to contribute to this worthy cause please visit the website www.worldvision.co.uk for further details.