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2020 Wee Dream Ball

A NEW VISION FOR WEE DREAM BALL 2020

Due to the unprecedented health crisis this year, we had to cancel our main fundraising events and pivot our strategy.

Each year, we rely on our special events to raise about $1,000,000. The Wee Dream Ball, our largest annual fundraiser, generates a significant portion of that. This year, these events won’t happen. Hundreds of children and their hardworking parents who are positively contributing to our community are at risk of losing their lifeline. We all depend on these families, and they depend on us, which is why we need your help.

A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER

As the community quarantined, we stepped up! The Fuller Center created virtual learning opportunities, distributed hundreds of meals daily on two campuses, and provided Family Support Services to prevent breakdown and crisis. The minute we were able, even as schools remained closed, WE OPENED, allowing parents to keep their jobs.

Most of the families we serve are essential workers.
Without childcare, they can no longer be self-sustaining.
We are essential to them.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Help fund our critical work at the level you would have if Wee Dream Ball were not canceled:
-Donate what you would have spent on auction items.
-Donate what you would have spent on your outfit for the event.
-Share our need with a friend.

Excitement is in the air as the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (FFCDC) prepare for their largest annual fundraising event, the Wee Dream Ball, to be

Dream ball 2020

Lancaster House Stable Yard, London SW1A 1BB

Dress code: Black/White tie. Formal military Mess Dress and National Dress are also encouraged. Long gowns for ladies.
Beneficiary charity: Big Change

We will welcome you to a sparkling reception followed by a sumptuous 3 course meal with fine wines and free-flowing drinks for the rest of evening. You will be treated to star entertainers, live music and dancing.

There will be a special auction hosted by a guest auctioneer and a raffle with top quality prizes.

The theme of the evening will be about aspiration and helping young people from difficult backgrounds to fulfil their potential. The Dream Ball’s message is that it does not matter where you come from but it is about where you are going and that anyone should be able to rise above the circumstances of their birth to achieve what they want in life.

Message from HRH Princess Beatrice of York, Co-founder of Big Change

Message from the Prime Minister

Latest News

Dream Ball 2019 successfully takes place
    By The Dream Ball 19th November 2018

On 14th November, The Dream Ball returned for its fourth edition. This year we were proud to partner with Tramp nightclub in Mayfair who treated us to a champagne reception, 3 course meal and convivial surroundings. We were lucky to have music by the fabulous singing duo Social Season during the reception and a special guest performance from 2 x Brit award winning Heather Small from M People after dinner who wowed us with her greatest hits such as ‘Proud’ ‘Moving on Up’ and Search for the Hero’

DREAM BALL 2018 RAISES £31,000 FOR BIG CHANGE
    By The Dream Ball 24th November 2018

The Dream Ball successfully took place once again on 1st November 2018 at the stunning Lancaster House. We were delighted to welcome our new ambassador, TV personality Georgia Toffolo as well as singing legend Katrina from Katrina and the Waves who performed her greatest hits including ‘Walking on Sunshine.’ In addition we were thrilled to be able to have song and dance troupe ‘West End Kids’ perform for us. The importance of taking our responsibility to make the big changes in society that are needed was highlighted and once again The Dream Ball is proud to support the Big Change charity which seeks to tackle the root cause of young people that get left behind in difficult circumstances. The next Dream Ball will take place on Thursday 14th November 2019. Thank you to our Patron, Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP, the organising committee, our sponsors and guests for making this event a possibility.

THE DREAM BALL 2017 RAISES £30,500 FOR THE ‘BIG CHANGE’ CHARITY
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE DREAM BALL 2018
    By The Dream Ball 4th December 2017

We are pleased to announce that The Dream Ball 2017 successfully took place on Thursday 16th November and £30,500 was donated to the ‘Big Change’ charity from the event. Singing sensation Natalie Imbruglia, BBC’s 2016 Apprentice winner Alana Spencer and Minister Richard Harrington MP were amongst the guests in attendance at the beautiful Lancaster House to support this cause to improve the life chances of young people from difficult circumstances. We were once again very thankful to our Patron – Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP; our title sponsor – Associated British Ports and also Bentley Motors for providing their stunning cars as transport to the after party. Dream Ball Founder & Chairman Annesley Abercorn said, “I am thrilled that everyone I have spoken to who attended this year’s event had a fabulous time and in aid of a very important charity in our country. Big Change has a different approach to philanthropic support whereby they invest in projects at their embryonic stage and scale them up to a national scale in order to make a hugely positive impact on young people’s lives. I am very pleased that Big Change is our beneficiary charity and am very excited about what we can do at next year’s Dream Ball due to take place on Thursday 1st November 2018.”

We are very grateful to all guests, donors and sponsors for their support. Tickets now available for the 2018 event.

PRIME MINISTER SUPPORTS THE DREAM BALL
    By The Dream Ball 7th April 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Prime Minister, Theresa May has issued a message of support to The Dream Ball in advance of the event on 16th November. Dream Ball Founder, Annesley Abercorn said, ‘Once again, we are honoured to have our work recognised at the highest level and this highlights the importance of backing social mobility and aspiration for young people in our country.’

By The Dream Ball 29th July 2016

After almost a year of hard work, The Dream Ball Committee are delighted to report that The inaugural Dream Ball was a huge success and we are already looking forward to next year. Guests were welcomed to the beautiful Lancaster House to the sounds of The Royal College of Music string quartet followed by a champagne reception accompanied by talented pianist Sarah Hawkyard. Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke hosted the Ball brilliantly and we heard from speeches from Annesley Abercorn, our Patron Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador – Faridya Aden and Big Change’s Ambassador – Karl Lokko. Our legendary auctioneer Jonny Gould had the room in hysterical laughter and raised a huge sum for us. We were delighted to be joined by Irene Forte, Lorna Fitzgerald, Amber Atherton, James & Ola Jordan amongst others. The amazing Lettice Rowbotham treated us to an energetic electric violin set. Big thanks also to top DJ Guy Laurie who rounded off the night on the dancefloor and we are so grateful to the private members’ club LouLou’s/5 Hertford Street for hosting the stunning VIP after party.

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