Jazz, glamour and, most importantly, a good cause: The Courage and Benevolence Ball, hosted by Sir Timothy Ackroyd, sponsored by Today Translations and organized by former City Police Chief Superintendant David Clarke, invited guests to experience the frivolity and extravagance of 1930s London. But at the heart of the festivities lay a much more serious matter that needed to be addressed.
Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a potentially disfiguring and crippling skin illness, affects roughly 5,000 people in the UK. The event helped to raise over £13,000 for the DEBRA charity, which dedicates itself to supporting those suffering from EB and pioneers treatment research.
The non-profit ball took place at the historical London nightspot Café de Paris. Guests were treated to fine dining and bustling music from the jazz era, performed by five-piece harmony the Cufflinks, 1930s dance band the Charleston Charlies and Today Translations’ own dance troupe, the Broadway Babies.
“The Courage and Benevolence Ball was the sort of thing that dreams are made of,” said Jurga Zilinskiene. “Of course it was wonderful that guests indulged in the food and dancing offered to them. But what made it special was how they gave back. They took the cause to heart and donated so generously to DEBRA’s quest to support and treat those suffering from EB.”
“We owe it all to David Clarke, who put so much time and passion into organizing, writing and producing this fundraiser,” said Sir Timothy Ackroyd.