North West celebrities were out in force as Hilton Manchester Deansgate hosted its 11th annual Star Ball event.
Famous faces including Jorgie Porter, Kym Marsh, Anthony Joshua and Tony Bellew topped the exclusive VIP guest-list and danced to entertainment and music from Marilya Charalambides, Gabriella Cilmi, DNA, Jason Isaacs and Friends and Smooth Radio DJ Jo Lloyd.
But the stars weren’t just there to enjoy a five-star meal and rub shoulders with the region’s movers and shakers – plenty of funds were raised for the DM Thomas Foundation and the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation through a tense charity auction hosted by John Cameron, auctioneer to the Prince’s Trust, Bargain Hunt and Cash in the Attic.
The DM Thomas Foundation aims to transform the lives of young disadvantaged people through a wide range of projects. The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation also helps to empower children and their families to help them reach their full potential.
The night’s fundraising was a huge success with a total of over £1.5m raised.
Star Ball guests enjoyed a champagne reception and canapés followed by a three-course dinner with wine before bidding in a charity auction and raffle, which included prizes such as a two night stay in Monte Carlo, a two night stay on a luxury yacht, and a table of ten at Ladies Day, Royal Ascot.
Hilton Manchester general manager, John McLaughlin, said: “It’s always a pleasure to host such a fantastic fundraising event at our venue. We welcomed some famous faces and friends of the Hilton to help raise an incredible amount for two brilliant charities. Another brilliant Star Ball!”