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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball, proudly supported by Henry Wiltshire International, returns for a seventh year on Thursday 12 November 2015. Taking place at Evolution, an exclusive venue set in the grounds of Battersea Park, this night of entertainment and glamour brings together the biggest names from stage, screen, sport, and fashion to celebrate and support the animal charity’s vital work caring for lost and abandoned dogs and cats.
The star-studded fundraising ball always attracts a stellar guest list of renowned Battersea friends and supporters including the charity’s Ambassadors Paul O’Grady MBE, David Gandy, Dame Jacqueline Wilson OBE, and Amanda Holden. An evening of entertainment is in store this year with performances from the burlesque troupe Crazy Rouge, internationally renowned classical artist Camilla Kerslake and the music legend Bryan Ferry.
The prestigious evening will open with a welcome by the Home’s legendary Guard of Honour, a red carpet lined with dozens of Battersea dogs and their handlers. As guests arrive at the Ball they’ll meet dogs of all breeds and sizes that have seen their life turned around in the care of Battersea’s committed staff and volunteers. The Collars & Coats Gala Ball is all about helping Battersea transform even more lives and give hope to thousands of dogs and cats every year. The event will introduce some of the charity’s former residents that have been given a vital lifeline and give supporters a chance to bid for money-can’t-buy exclusive auction prizes with the monies raised helping dogs and cats in need.
Claire Horton, Battersea’s chief executive says: “Battersea’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball is always a truly incredible event, bringing together our dogs, special guests and high-profile celebrity friends for one night only and this year is set to be the best one yet. We can’t wait to celebrate another year of our charity with our esteemed gala ball guests who will definitely have their evening transformed by this incredible entertainment line-up.
“It costs more than £18m to run Battersea each year, and with no government funding, the Collars & Coats Gala Ball is all about helping to increase awareness of the important work the charity does each and every day of the year to offer a second chance in life to thousands of animals. Last year, thanks to the invaluable donations and support of the public, Battersea were able to care for over 8,000 dogs and cats and help them in their quest to find the best possible new homes.”