Caudwell Children raises a phenomenal €554,838 at “We Are All Different, Be You” Monaco Butterfly Ball
Monaco was home once again to Caudwell Children’s renowned Butterfly Ball for an 8th consecutive year.
On Sunday 17th September, the event sponsored by leading luxury yacht companies Burgess and Wider Yachts, Chislehurst Healthcare who specialises in personalised healthcare for adults in their own home and Bianchet, an independent watch company, raised a life-changing €554,838, where every euro raised will go directly towards helping disabled and autistic children.
The Butterfly Ball is always reinventing itself and this year, guests were wowed with a continuation of London’s theme “We Are All Different, Be You” but with a Monaco twist. Organised by Modesta Vžesniauskaitė, partner of John Caudwell, Egle Maggi and the Caudwell Children’s Events Team, the ball took place at the Buddha Bar, based in the heart of Monte Carlo where esteemed guests, philanthropists and like-minded people experienced a jam-packed evening of world-class entertainment, gourmet mezze style dining and exciting fundraising at the live auction.
Modesta said “The Monaco ball is very special to myself and John and we have seen these events grow considerably over the years.
“We are incredibly proud of the work Caudwell Children delivers to children and their families each and every year and this is why so much of our time and energy goes into supporting them.”
John Caudwell, Founder of Caudwell Children added “The fulfilment that we get from our philanthropic work is second to none, nothing gives us the same feeling as helping people and we know many of the guests attending the ball feel the same.
“We advocate for changes in society, so that one day people will feel free to be themselves without dears of repercussion.”
Award-winning magician Rokas left the audience bewildered and scratching their heads with his spellbinding performance, where guests tried to work out his mind-bending illusions, sleight of hand tricks and mind-reading abilities.
Lithuanian born Rokas has headlined shows across Europe and the USA and has performed for many Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, Volkswagen and Nike. Rokas also appeared on the hit American show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, where he fooled Penn & Teller.
Guests were also entertained by French-Irish singer Alexandra Miller, who joined a local French band at the age of 16 and hasn’t stopped singing since, performing at countless events all over the world.
Reoccurring Butterfly Ball auctioneer, Charlie Ross, kickstarted the fundraising action, where guests could bid on one-of-a-kind items, exclusive breaks and original art work in the live auction. A piece called “I am Pure Alpha” by David Yarrow featuring a wolf, raised an incredible €30,000. A bespoke Bianchet Flying Tourbillion Grande watch in the colours of Monte Carlo was created specifically for the Caudwell Children’s Monaco auction and went for a mind-blowing €50,000, but it was the pledge lots that really stole the show, with €240,000 going towards vital powered wheelchairs and equipment, €60,000 going towards Employability training and €8,668 going towards Autism Services, including Autism Assessments and Autism sensory packs.
Ben Sutcliffe Director of Executive Projects at Caudwell Children said “We are unbelievably grateful to everyone who made a donation during the Butterfly Ball Monaco.
“Every donation is extremely important and we maximise every donation, ensuring it has the most impact on as many families’ lives as possible.
“We strive to double every €1, so we can deliver at least €2 worth of practical and emotional support.”
The iconic Sophie Ellis-Bextor also made an appearance with husband Richard Jones, where they performed their “Me and Mrs Jones” DJ set.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor became a household name in the 2000’s where her biggest single “Murder on the Dance Floor” stayed in the charts for 23 weeks and became Europe’s most played song of 2002.
Cycle with the Champions, Caudwell Children’s annual cycling event coincided with the Butterfly Ball taking place on 16th September. Lead by Modesta Vžesniauskaitė, cyclists travelled through the medieval village of Èze, where they could choose to take on a shorter 22km route, or a challenging 90km route. To celebrate their achievements, participants were treated to a drinks reception and buffet lunch.
Caudwell Children’s next Butterfly Ball will be taking place in Portugal at Casa Do Lago in the Algarve on Saturday 21st October 2023.
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