The Paralympic Ball
On Wednesday 5 September 2012 the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) hosted the first ever Paralympic Ball, a spectacular fundraising evening at the exclusive Grosvenor House Hotel, London to coincide with the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The Paralympic Ball was a celebration of Paralympians and their achievements and the Paralympic Movement. It was created to help raise vital funds for both the IPC’s Agitos Foundation and the BPA to increase the number of people taking part in sport for people with an impairment around the world, and develop a worldwide legacy for the Paralympic Movement beyond London 2012.
Hosted by TV presenter Jon Snow, the event featured a superb line-up of live entertainment, including action from the Paralympic Games, auction, drinks reception, four course dinner and after party.
Amongst the 600 attendees were IPC President Sir Philip Craven, BPA President Tim Reddish together with a whole host of celebrities from the world of sport and showbiz.
Sir Philip Craven said: “The Paralympic Ball was an inspirational celebration of the Paralympic Movement and our Paralympians with the ultimate aim of generating funds to get more people active in sport and potentially create future Paralympians.
“Together with the BPA we took the energy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and created a spectacular celebration evening that leaves a lasting legacy for the Paralympic Movement in Great Britain and around the world.”
P&G UK, an official sponsor of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, was the official partner of the event, and Cadbury was also a supporter of the Ball.