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House Party at Watergate Bay raised £22,000

24 March 2014

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The Cornwall Community Foundation’s House Party at Watergate Bay Hotel on 14 March was a great success. The black tie event was generously hosted by Will and Pix Ashworth of Watergate Bay Hotel and raised £22,000.

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160 guests attended the event and enjoyed a fabulous dinner, an auction and raffle, dancing and the infamous vodka luge. Half the money raised for the auction is for CCF and half for the Young & Talented Cornwall - The Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth. A film about the CCF, introduced by Daphne Skinnard of BBC Radio Cornwall, was very well received by the guests. Executive Chef Neil Haydock created an outstanding three-course dinner at Zacry’s, the exciting new restaurant of Watergate Bay Hotel. Five lambs were donated by very generous farmers around the county to create an amazing main course.

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Will Ashworth, Managing Director of the Watergate Bay Hotel, said ‘We cannot thank our suppliers enough, as without them donating the ingredients for the event we couldn't raise such a staggering amount. All of us at the hotel were delighted at the evening's success as the CCF is a charity that helps so many people in Cornwall.

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Jane Hartley, Trustee of the CCF said ‘Many thanks to the Watergate Bay Hotel, their staff and all who donated so generously, we had a very profitable and great fun evening for CCF. We are very lucky to have a very dedicated group of volunteers who helped to organise this fantastic event.’

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Andy Forster Managing Director of Cornwall 100 Club member Engine House Media said ‘It was a great pleasure to be part of such a fantastic evening. Will and the team from The Watergate put on quite a night that celebrated the great work of the CCF whilst raising more money. A fun and engaging group of people created the most memorable night in Cornwall. Thanks to all of those that organised the event.’

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The auction attracted a lot of attention and lots were keenly fought over, the CCF is very grateful to all those who donated such amazing prizes. The prizes were kindly donated by Watergate Bay Hotel, The Tregothnan Estate, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, Finnistere UK, White Cloud Laundry & Linen Services Ltd, Sir Richard and Lady Carew Pole, Mr Charles Fox, Mr & Mrs R. Mably, Mr James Williams, Mr Jonathan Coode, Mickey Tylor of Lenarth, Sir Matthew Pinsent & Sir Steve Redgrave, Mr & Mrs R. Carew Pole, Mr & Mrs R. Dorrien-Smith, Mrs Helen Bull, Mr Charlie Bettinson, Sir Steve Redgrave & Matthew Pinsent, James Darling Photography, Paul Lewin painter, Paul Jackson studio potter, Cowslip Workshops, Pyramid AV, Ellis Wharton Wines, Wadebridge Wines, the Cornbury Festival, The Idle Rocks, St. Mawes, The Tresco Estate, Tresco, St. Tudy Inn, Fentongollan Farms, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd, The Nare Hotel, Trevose Golf & Country Club, Helen Glover World Champion and Olympic Gold medallist and Ed Coode World Champion and Olympic Gold medallist.

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Food suppliers included Sipsmith Independent Spirits, Free Run Juice, Ellis Wharton Wines, Veuve Cliquot, La Credenza, Wings of St Mawes, Westcountry Fruit Sales, Ritter Courivaud, Treleavens, Hanson Fine Foods, Lynher Dairies Cheese Co, Savills, Tom and Lucy Earl, The Hosking family, Tideford Abattoir, Gary Dutton, Angus Trotters and Jaspers.

All the money raised by CCF will stay in Cornwall to support local community projects. CCF has awarded £5.5m to the community over the last 10 years, over 2000 local projects have benefited in Cornwall.