On the 13th of January 2013, the Gift of Life foundation held a charity evening at the Savoy Hotel in London. Thanks to the participants in the charity auction and the generous donations of the evening's guests, around £400,000 was gathered for children with oncological diseases.
The Gift of Life and Podari Zhizn co-founders, actresses Dina Korzun and Chulpan Khamatova, created a wonderful atmosphere for the event as its hosts. Meanwhile, the magnificent Lord Dalmeny of Sotheby's auction house, together with the popular Russian actor and TV host Igor Vernik, conducted the auction in high style, turning it into a fascinating show. The evening's guests included Martha Fiennes, Inna Churikova, Gleb Panfilov, Evgeny Lebedev and Raymond Blanc.
The evening featured a special performance by the well-known British musician Katie Melua. Katie also announced from the stage that she had recently become a patron of Gift of Life.
About 40 lots presented by donors were sold at the auction in total. The two most desirable lots turned out to be tickets to the Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Show at Paris Fashion Week with a made-to-measure dress by the designer, along with a 24-seater VIP box at Stamford Bridge for the Premier League home game of the winner's choice in the 2013/2014 season, kindly donated by Roman Abramovich.
All expenses associated with organising the event have been paid for through the generosity of Sberbank CIB and Kaspersky's Lab.