Lawrence Grant celebrated its 50th anniversary recently with a glittering gala dinner held on Friday 7th February at the magnificent Drapers Livery Hall in the heart of London.
From L-R: Ben Korklin, Alan Rajah, Ron Grant, Paul Levy. Photographer Michal Charyton
While celebration was definitely a key element of the night, there was another very important fundraising focus of the evening, to raise money for the Young Harrow Foundation (YHF). This is a local charity that helps disadvantaged young people by positively addressing five key areas of concern (mental health, youth violence, inequality, employability and physical health) and helping them to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
As well as a delicious three-course meal, entertainment from table magicians and a delightful string quartet providing beautiful background music, a silent auction was held with a range of prizes on offer, including yacht holiday packages, designer handbags, sports memorabilia, unique artwork and a number of exclusive experiences.
One of the two founder partners of the firm, Ron Grant, was presented with a special recognition award, together with Marian Lawrence, wife of the late Peter Lawrence.
Some of Harrow's young people, supported by charities with whom the Young Harrow Foundation works, also gave very emotive talks about how their lives had changed having connected with the charity.
The evening was hosted by the hilarious compere Chris Gilbert and renowned comedian, Bob Mills, who both kept the guests entertained at an amusing pace.
The event was rounded off with team and individual awards given out to members of our staff, to acknowledge their achievements over the past 12 months across a range of areas.
Alan Rajah said ”Our 50th anniversary gala evening was an incredible success and a testament of the values, ethics and professionalism that the partnership stands for that has enabled us to deliver a high quality service to our clients and at the same time fulfilling our corporate responsibility to the local community. I can't express how thankful I am to colleagues, friends and clients who came along from UK and around the world to help us celebrate this huge landmark in the company's history, and to help raise funds for young people in Harrow.”