Profit & Loss
magazine held its third annual Forex Charity Dinner, “Off the Record”, on Wednesday, December 4, at The Brewery in London for 60 guests. On the night, we raised £12,000 from an auction and raffle, with donations coming from individuals in the market, as well as from numerous sporting and lifestyle goods franchises. EBS sponsored the liquidity…and there was lots of it to go around.
Profits from the dinner are being donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the second time, as well as to the Foetal Medicine Unit at University College London Hospitals (Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Obstetric Hospital) where Julie Ros, our editor-in-chief, was cared for throughout her difficult pregnancy with identical twin boys. The unit is trying to raise £100,000 towards the purchase of a new scanner, and is about one-third of the way there. We are also making a donation to the Haven Shelter for the homeless for the third year running, as Paul Chappell, chairman of the organisation and director of C-View Ltd, is an active participant in sourcing auction and raffle items for our event, despite holding his own event to raise funds for the shelter in October.
The evening was again emceed by Freddie Ridgeway, former moneybroker turned actor, who told a few “off the record” stories and led a lively night all ‘round. Among the top auction items was an autographed photo of Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier (’Thriller in Manila’), two cylinder liners from a Ferrari F1 car, an autographed football shirt by Portugal’s Luis Figo, a football boot signed by David Beckham, and a pennant signed by current FACup and Premiership champions, Arsenal. Other items that commanded top bids included an autographed photo of Kylie (in a red bikini no less), a signed Chelsea shirt and football, signed Tottenham football, a cricket bat signed by the England and India teams, as well as a pennant signed by golfers participating in the European Tour.
In addition to those who took tables this year, we had several special guests in attendance: Heering Ligthart, president of ACI – The Financial Markets Association, Bill Hahn, business manager of ACI, and Mike Beales, chairman of the Wholesale Markets Brokers’ Association.
In total, Profit & Loss has raised £47,000 for charity so far. We would like to extend our thanks to our emcee and all the guests who helped make the evening a success, as well as to the companies that donated prizes, and to our sponsor, EBS. We hope that those who attended our previous dinners will come again this year, and our readers who haven’t attended yet, will do so next time around. We are already making plans for the 2003 event, which will take place at the end of November.