Collars & Coats Gala Ball

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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, one of the UK’s best loved animal welfare charities, is proud to announce the return of its annual fundraising event, The Collars & Coats Gala Ball, set in the grounds of Battersea Park on Friday 11th November 2011.

The Ball will take place in the presence of the President of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, accompanied by HRH Princess Michael of Kent, and will celebrate the organisation’s unparalleled work in the field of animal welfare.

Since its inception, the ball has provided a spectacular night of fine dining and top class entertainment and been attended by some of the UK’s best known personalities. For an opportunity for shameless name-dropping at your next dinner party, consider last year’s event was hosted by Amanda Holden and attended by, among others, Catherine Tate, Alexandra Burke, Roger Daltrey, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Patti Russo, Craig Revel Horwood and Mark Foster.

The evening will begin with the Home’s legendary Guard of Honour when some of the charity’s delightful blue-coated Battersea dogs who are looking for new homes offer distinguished guests a fantastic welcome from the red carpet. This will be followed by an exclusive champagne reception, gourmet banquet and a line-up of top billing entertainment.

Of which, recently announced, this year’s headline act is none other than Status Quo.

In the spirit of fundraising, guests will have the opportunity to bid in one of the most exclusive auctions held with an array of luxury prizes, donated by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home supporters, of which some items up for offer are, literally, things that money can’t buy.

Underlying the celebration is, of course, the more serious business of raising funds to ensure the charity continues its vital rescue and rehoming work. Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of help. As well as its rescue work, Battersea reunites lost dogs and cats with their owners or care for them until new homes can be found, giving them shelter and the highest standards of kennelling and veterinary care.

Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehabilitated over three million dogs and cats. An incredible achievement when one considers the home receives no government funding and its annual £14 million running costs are funded entirely by the generosity if its supporters.

Chief Executive, Claire Horton says, “Battersea is incredibly grateful to all of our supporters. Without them it would not be possible to care for the thousands of dogs and cats that come through our gates every year. The Collars & Coats Ball is a fantastic opportunity for us to bring some of our dogs onto the red carpet to meet those whose kindness and generosity is helping to give them a second chance in life.”

Tickets are available for purchase both individually and for tables and in silver, gold and platinum packages. Such is the exclusivity of the event that we simply can’t publish the eye-watering prices here.

For details of table packages on offer, to purchase tickets and for more information Collars & Coats Gala Ball, visit the website. For information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and to pledge donations, please navigate here.

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