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A dashing host for a starry, arty charity gala

Glamour and goodwill at the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala

A dashing host for a starry, arty charity gala

September 22 2011
Sibéal Pounder

With Hampton Court’s stud farm as an elegant backdrop and – rather fittingly – Colin Firth (pictured) playing host, you would be forgiven for thinking that an evening couldn’t get much better. But the sixth annual Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala, taking place on the evening of September 22, has many more attractions up its sleeve. The art auction, for example – which non-ticket holders can still access via telephone bid – features artworks by the likes of Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Pavel Pepperstein and Sir Peter Blake, plus a rare work by Andy Warhol.

And then there’s the silent auction, which boasts a raft of “experience” lots, including watching a football match with Hugh Grant, a game of golf with John Terry, a day at the cricket with Stephen Fry, not to mention a host of holiday experiences, including bespoke wellness retreats at the Six Senses Resort in Thailand and tickets to Chanel’s Haute Couture show at the Place Vendôme in Paris in January 2012, followed by a night at The Ritz.

All proceeds will support the UK’s Marie Curie Cancer Care charity and the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation’s work, which focuses on children’s cancer and has to date donated more than £7m to institutes, hospitals and care service providers.