Last weekend, I attended the Pink Ball with a handful of my university friends, hosted by Leeds-based charity Pink Events Ltd. This is the first time I’ve been to the annual(-ish) event, and I had a wonderful time!
Pink Events is a family-run registered charity based in Leeds, UK. Established in 2005, this charity seeks to raise both money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer through fun fundraising events, such as wine- and gin-tasting, afternoon teas and, of course, the annual Pink Ball formal. The local charity means a lot to my friend Charlotte, who invited us all along; her lovely mum sadly passed away in 2015 and she was a dear friend to the charity during her life. Pink Events is therefore close to our hearts in our little crew, and I was really excited to get glammed up and go along.
Tickets were £60 each, which included a three-course meal (with different menu choices) and some bottles of wine for the table. We arrived in the fancy foyer at the Marriott Hotel and were greeted with a bustling atmosphere and a complimentary glass of fizz. There was also a tombola (with a guaranteed win!) with plenty of bottles of wine, spirits and chocolates for everybody.
We then made our way into the suite, which was decked out with a number of white-clothed tables and glittering decorations, including a big banner behind the stage. The committee welcomed us all there and gave a few moving speeches about the work they’d done that year and where the funds they’d raised would be going. I thought it was really lovely that donations were made not only to larger charities like Cancer Research UK but also to smaller, closer-to-home causes such as the Breast Care Unit in Leeds’ hospitals. There was even a slideshow in the back showing details and pictures of their previous events — including a hog roast and disco held in honour of Charlotte’s mum, which raised an amazing £1670 for St James’ Hospital and CRUK!
After a few games and prizes (I won one!!), the food was brought out. All the menu choices sounded pretty delicious. I plumped for:
- Slow roast tomato bruschetta with pesto and balsamic dressing
- Garlic and rosemary chicken marinated chicken breast with a chorizo and white bean cassoulet
- Lemon tart with lime and ginger cream and raspberry compote
It was all really tasty, and it was amazing how the chefs at the Hotel were able to cater for so many people with different menu choices all at the same time. The effort that was put into looking after all of us was fantastic!
After we had all eaten, the live guest band, Harlequin, started their music set. I’m not usually a fan of live cover bands (normally I prefer a straight-up, simple DJ), but I really enjoyed these guys. Their set list included different genres and eras, from the 60s to current chart hits, and even a few mash-ups of different songs that worked together. The atmosphere was happy and lively, and everyone was having fun. They even got everyone on the floor doing the dance to Oops Upside Your Head!
The night ended with a classic disco and midnight snacks coming out in the form of cheesy chips, hot dogs and I think someone mentioned bacon sandwiches?? I was a few glasses of vino down at this point! I don’t think I saw anybody without a smile on their face for the whole night. A grand total of £20,000 was raised — it’s clear the night was a great success celebrating all the amazing work the charity does year after year.
I had so much fun and I’m looking forward to attending the ball next year! If you’d be interested in going along to an event, making a donation or just finding out more about the charity, take a look at Pink Events‘ links listed below.