A Night to Remember: Strictly Dancing Ball

27 June 2019

A Night to Remember: Strictly Dancing Ball

The 2019 Strictly Dancing Ball was everything we had hoped for and more; a night of glitz, glamour, show-stopping entertainment, and support for Teens Unite.

It seems like yesterday when fourteen nervous supporters of Teens Unite walked through the doors at their first rehearsal back in February, ready to start this incredible journey.

All of these individuals had never danced before and came from all different backgrounds; from Business Directors to Butchers and Personal Trainers, we had a real mix of people taking part.

Four months, countless rehearsals and lots of fundraising later, they were ready to take to the dance floor on 22nd June at Chigwell Marquee.

What a night it was! The event followed a similar format to BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, with each Teens Unite dancer performing alongside a professional dancer from the Wright Rhythm School of Dance. We were blown away by their routines, costumes and song choices – and so were our judges, who gave each dancer a score using Strictly-style scoreboards.

Guests were able to enjoy a three-course meal and had the chance of taking some incredible items home with them from our Silent Auction, Raffle and our game of Higher or Lower.

At the end of the night, we were so proud to see Danae crowned as our female winner, and Lee our male winner. Together, our fourteen amazing dancers raised over £30,000 for Teens Unite before the event even took place!

The event was full of fantastic entertainment, but there’s an important reason behind the Teens Unite Strictly Dancing Ball; to raise funds and awareness for young people diagnosed with cancer. Our CEO Debbie Pezzani took to the stage to tell our guests more about the charity and our work, and we also shared Sadie’s Story to show just how much of an impact our support has on young people in the darkest of times.

On the evening, we asked our guests to make a pledge towards The House of Teens Unite; a place where we will be able to bring more young people like Sadie together so they don’t have to face cancer alone. We are so grateful to all who donated on the night; if you wish to donate towards The House of Teens Unite, please click here.

We have so many people to thank for helping us to make the Strictly Dancing Ball such a successful event. First and foremost, we’d like to thank Property Debt Collection Ltd and PDC Law, our headline sponsors.

We also extend our thanks to all those who donated prizes for our auction and raffle, to help us ensure that every penny we raise can go towards supporting our beneficiaries.

We were so proud to see Sarah and Mikhaila, two young people supported by Teens Unite, take to the stage as our hosts on the evening. We’re delighted that they wanted to give back to the charity in this way; they did an incredible job.

A huge thank you also goes to RICOH who provide all of Teens Unite’s printing, including the brochures and tickets for all 350 guests at this event. They also donated a camera, which was given to the lucky winner of Higher or Lower on the night.

As a small team, we very much value the support of those willing to give their time at our fundraising events. The volunteers who helped us to prepare for the event in the office, set the venue up, and those who gave their time as table hosts on the night were an absolute asset to our team and we could not have done it without them!

We also want to say a huge thank you to Del from Hue Imbued Photography who volunteered his time as our Event Photographer, helping us to capture what a truly special evening it was.

Want to be the first to hear about our 2020 Strictly Dancing Ball? Click here to be kept up to date! Or, if you think 2020 is your year to put on your dancing shoes and take on this challenge for Teens Unite, please email events@teensunite.org to register your interest.

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