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Britcham goes for fairyland annual charity ball

THE British business community will dress as gods and goddesses, fairies, forest nymphs and human characters from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for their annual charity ball next month.

The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai's fancy dress gala is one of the most popular on the city's social calendar and last year raised more than 300,000 yuan (US$43,932) for charity.

More than 600 guests are expected at this year's event at the Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai -- transformed into an enchanted forest -- on June 5. They are encouraged to dress as characters from Shakespeare's play, or even the bard himself. "Love potions" will be served.

Proceeds will benefit three projects helping children and young people.

One charity, Hands On China, will roll out its student volunteer capacity-building and leadership program training 1,500 students in 15 Shanghai universities.

Local children's medical charity Heart to Heart will also receive contributions to help establish a library in a disadvantaged rural school.

The Wang Jia Yu Welfare Home will also receive funds for vital health services for 225 abandoned and orphaned children.

"Our charity work is aimed at charities working in east China, where the amount donated by the British Chamber will make a real difference," says BritCham Shanghai's Executive Director, Ian Crawford. "We make donations where they can make the most impact, and where members of the chamber can become involved if they wish. A work group ensures that all the funds are properly used through partners with a sound organization."

In the Hands On China leadership training, BritCham seeks 150 volunteers from business and industry to manage the program that will help develop an ethos of community service and social responsibility in the leaders of tomorrow.

The ball will feature three fund-raising activities -- a raffle, a silent auction and a live auction.

Prizes include VIP tickets to the WGC-HSBC Golf Champions, a Formula One checkered flag signed by star drivers and romantic getaways to luxurious five-star hotels.

There is a packed line-up of entertainment, including Jazz du Funk and East West Theater Company performing a story of confused lovers, like those in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Puck, the imp of English folklore, will provide plenty of mischief.

Keeping the love coming will be Drunken Monkies and the ever-mischievous DJ SexyPaul.

One of the most popular aspects of the ball is the fancy dress and guests are encouraged to get into the spirit of the event and dress as a character from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." These include Fairy Queen Titania, King Oberon, assorted fairies, nymphs, imps, sprites, Greek gods, a jackass, human lovers and comic characters.

Prizes will be awarded for best costumes; those who don't wish to channel their inner fairy can wear black tie.

In keeping with the theme, the ballroom will be transformed into an enchanted forest and "love potions" and canap??s will be served at a cocktail reception. The menu is themed around Greece and summer.

Date: June 5, 6:30pm

Venue: China Ballroom, Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai, 33 Fucheng Rd, Pudong

Tel: 6218-5022

Tickets: 875 yuan for individual tickets; 1,000 yuan for non-members; 8,250 yuan for a corporate table of 10 members; 9,500 yuan for a corporate table of 10 non-members

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