IN PICTURES: Grant A Wish Pink and Blue charity ball declared a €16,000 glittering success

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GRANT A WISH: Jody Smart, who organised the event with Franco Pearson at the Oceana Club

A RECORD breaking €16,000 was raised for an array of worthy causes at the second Annual Oceana Grant A Wish Pink and Blue Ball.

In only its second year, the ball has been hailed a success by organisers who are jubilant at having exceeded the €12,500 collected in 2017.

Last year’s total was a record for a single fundraising event for the charity, an achievement which has been surpassed this year.

Jody Smart, who organised the event with Franco Pearson, said: “I am excited and humbled at the thought of how many more wishes we’ll be able to grant over the coming year from the proceeds of this event.

“We are blown away, emotional, proud and just so deeply grateful to each and everyone who helped us make it happen.

“It takes months and months to pull together something so special and incredible! We surpassed our target of €15,000, which was just great. We feel blessed to have so many people willing to help the charity”.

The sell-out event, held at the Oceana Club in Bennisa, saw 65 guests for the afternoon dinner and 150 for the evening ball, making it one of the social highlights of the year.

A glittering evening of entertainment included a grand auction and The Price is Right show, while an array of talented entertainers wowed the crowd. Showing off his sleight of hand, Eros Yanni toured the tables astounding guests with his own brand of magic.

And saxophonist Frank Abrams provided a perfect backdrop and superb entertainment, while duo Moonshine, singer Matt Mason and Match/ABBA assisted in putting on a memorable show.

Jody pointed out that every penny raised will go to the Grant A Wish charity, which is now in its seventh year.

She said: “I set it up in 2012 and what started as a small idea has now become a very well-known and respected charity throughout Spain.

“In a way it is a very unique charity in that we help many different people from small charities to orphanages and the men’s home, to individuals who really need the help”.

Jody said: “The ball is such a beautiful and positive way for us to bring together all of our wonderful crew and friends at the Oceana Club, to help make a difference.”

Jody and fellow organiser Franco Pearson are already thinking about next year’s Grant-A-Wish Pink and Blue Ball, will be held September 21, 2019.  If you know of anyone who may need help, or you would like to offer your voluntary services, you can find out more at www.wegrantawish.com or on Facebook.

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