Events - BCS Summer Ball

The BCS Summer Ball, after months of frantic planning, finally took place at the New Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden on August 17th.

On what seemed to be the hottest evening of the year so far, over 130 guests, charity and committee members attended to have fun and dance the night away.

The event also proved to be a resounding success in raising a substantial amount which was donated to the Chinese Information and Advice Centre (CIAC) .

Follow the evening's activities in the summary below and see if you are in any of the photo galleries.

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For those of you who attended, a big thank you once again.

Roll on next year!

"The Crown Room"

The festivities began with everyone meeting in the lavishly decorated "Crown room" reception.

The dulcet tones of the traditional Chinese musical instrument, the guzheng, welcomed guests as they arrived.

With a drink in hand, guests were able to mingle, meet new friends or marvel at the close-up tricks perfomed by the evening's magician before waiting to be called to dinner.

See more photos from the Crown Room gallery


"Ladies and gentlemen, dinner is served!" came the cry.

Hungry guests moved into the large dining room, where they took their places according to the seating plan.

Each table, bearing a name of a city in China, was decorated with flowers and welcomed each diner with a menu and programme, together with a catalogue from one of the prize sponsors, Shanghai Tang.

See more photos from the dinner gallery


After dinner, it was time to relax. After a magic show that entertained the seated guests, it was then back to the Crown Room, where a charity casino had been setup for guests to enjoy the spinning wheel of roulette or try their hand at blackjack.

All proceeds from the charity casino and raffle went as a donation to CIAC.


See more photos from the casino gallery


Back in the dining room , the live band "Nightmusic" provided guests with a chance to let their hair down and dance the night away.

See more photos from the dance gallery


At the end of the evening, the winners at the casino and winners of the raffle were awarded their prizes.

Thanks to Katy from CIAC who assisted in the prize-giving.

Photo gallery credits

Thanks to those below who kindly provided photos of the Summer Ball:

AP - Alan
AN - Annie
MY - Mei Yin
TT - Teresa
SC - Stephen

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The BCS Summer Ball was brought to you by the Executive Committee:

(L to R)
Paul, Gemma, Yvonne,
Carolyn, Mei, Stephen,
Sarah (guest), Mei Yin,
John & Steve

(© MY)

(L to R)
John, Stephen, Steve, Mei,
Sarah (guest), Carolyn,
Mei Yin, Yvonne, Paul and Gemma

(© MY)

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