The Energy Dinner has raised more than £1,350,000 since its inception in 2004 for WellChild – the national charity for sick children and their families.
This year Debbie Rix and the WellChild team transformed the ballroom of London’s Park Lane Intercontinental Hotel into ancient Olympia for this annual gathering of who’s who in the energy community.
Guests enjoyed performances from Ed – the amazing gymnast and athlete and the hilarious Bruce Airhead.
Lead sponsor Platts and its more than 500 guests raised some £155,604 in support of WellChild, one of patron Prince Harry’s six favourite charities.
“Each year we’re honored to be able to put on a wonderful event that gives back to the community and assists the great work of WellChild and its programs that aid sick children, their families and the nurses who help them,” said Jim Simpson, general manager of power at Platts, a leading global energy, petrochemicals and metals information provider and Energy Dinner sponsor since 2004.
Toga-clad greeters welcomed guests from companies such as Gazprom, Statoil, RWE, Chevron, CME Group, the IntercontinentalExchange, Morgan Stanley and Barclays Capital to the ancient Grecian-themed event, which paid homage to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The evening featured both live and silent auctions, but the winners of the Energy Dinner’s “Olympic games” were the many and varied WellChild programs themselves. The evening’s donations and raised funds will support a range of WellChild initiatives including research, WellChild nursing teams and its Helping Hands endeavor, a program that ensures family homes and community buildings are adequately prepared and ready for young people once they leave hospital.
“We at WellChild would like to say a hearty ‘thank you’ to all those who attended the Energy Dinner, those who organized it and for everyone’s generosity. Year after year, the marvellous event raises much needed monies to help us with our critical work of care, support and research for some of the U.K.’s seriously ill children and their families,” said Colin Dyer, chief executive, WellChild. “Because of the support of all the people at the Energy Dinner, the lives of many sick children in the U.K. are made considerably better.”