Creative and media professionals from Birmingham and beyond raised nearly £2,000 for charity at the Birmingham Publicity Association’s (BPA) annual summer ball last Thursday.
The ball – which boasted a theme of Hollywood Glamour – took place at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and raised £1,800 for HelpHarryHelpOthers (HHHO) and the National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS) through a mixture of ticket sales, auction and a charity raffle. The event was sponsored by Hollywood Monster.
Jo Harrington, chair of the BPA and regional agency manager at Free Radio said: “The Hollywood Glamour summer ball was a fantastic event that was attended by nearly 200 creative and media professionals from across the region. Not only was it a great networking opportunity but it helped raise a significant amount of money that will make a real difference to people’s lives.
“HHHO and NABS are both incredibly worthy charities that help improve the lives of others and it was a unanimous decision by BPA members at the beginning of the year that both should be our Charity of Choice during 2013.”
Hosted by Ed James, president of the BPA and well-known breakfast presenter on Heart FM, the Hollywood Glamour summer ball attracted guests from a variety of companies including ITV, McCann Erickson, JCdecaux and Smooth Radio.
Georgie Moseley, chairman of HHHO and mother of Harry Moseley said: “I’m really touched by how much support the BPA has already given to HelpHarryHelpOthers. We really appreciate the organisation’s dedication and commitment to helping us to raise vital funds which will support families affected by some sort of cancer.
“HHHO has three funds: Helpcure Helpcope and Helpcare. The money raised at the BPA’s Hollywood Glamour ball will be used under our Helpcope strand, which will help us be reactive to families who are financially crippled as a result of a cancer diagnosis. It was a brilliant event and one that really will help to make a huge difference. “
HHHO was set up in memory of 11 year old Harry Moseley who tragically died of a brain tumour in October 2011 after fighting tirelessly to raise money to help those suffering from cancer. Supported by Harry’s mother Georgie Moseley, HHHO is helping to achieve all those goals that Harry himself put in place whilst fundraising and raising awareness of cancer in the last years of his life.
The BPA has a number of events coming up in the next few months – all of which will help raise money for HHHO and NABS – including a charity golf day at Harbourne Golf Club on 18 July, a question and answer session with Andy Street on 7 August and a special music quiz on 3 October. Events are open to both members and non-members.
Dedicated to bringing the creative industries in the Midlands closer together, the BPA has existed since the 1930s. For more information about the BPA visit thisisthebpa.co.uk