Sudbury man 'privileged' to see charity ball return for fourth year
Having initially set out to throw a one-off fundraiser, Sudbury man Adrian Stohr says he feels very privileged to receive such strong support, with his annual event set to return for the fourth time.
Mr Stohr’s Black Tie and Posh Frocks Charity Ball returns to the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa on Saturday, June 16, at 6.30pm, with the goal of raising money and awareness of Children With Cancer UK.
More than £17,000 has been collected through the previous events, which were organised by Mr Stohr after he was diagnosed as clinically obese in 2012, spurring him to change his lifestyle and get healthy, which later inspired his fundraising efforts.
This year, he will be joined by the parents of a girl who received a cancer diagnosis and subsequently received help from Children With Cancer. Her mother will give a special talk at the event about their own experiences.
“I’m quite privileged to have had their support over the last four years, and they have now decided to give a few words from a parent’s perspective,” he said.
“To be honest, when I started, I thought I would do just one event. I’m very passionate about helping the charity and, each year, we try to find new ways of fundraising. What better way to do it than this?
“Each year, it’s hard work, but it’s always worth it. There is a lot of pressure to put on a night like this, but, once you have it, it’s just magical.
“It’s about people having a great night and feeling good about supporting the charity. The event can be very emotional for people.”
The event, which is expected to be attended by more than 100 people, will also feature live music by Dave Finnegan’s Commitments, as well as a silent auction and a raffle, both of which will feature a variety of prizes that have been donated by sponsors and businesses.
Mr Stohr is hopeful the event can continue for many years to come, and he already has plans to potentially move next year’s event into the winter and make it a Christmas-themed ball.
For ticket information, call Mr Stohr on 01787 583807 or go online to www.adysjourney.com.