Jewish Care raised a “record breaking” £5.25m at its annual fundraising dinner last week, the charity announced this week.
The charity, which operates in London and the south east of England, raised the money at the event held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Monday 11 June. According to the charity, 1,000 guests attended the dinner which was presented by Sky News presenter Kay Burley.
Steven Lewis, chair of Jewish Care, said the £5.25 figure raised on the night is more than a third of the organisation’s £15m annual revenue fundraising target for the year ahead.
“Through going back to basics and focusing on us and our work we have clearly touched the hearts of the guests who have shown tremendous generosity. I am delighted to announce that we raised £5.25m, this is a great start towards meeting our revenue fundraising target of £15m for the year ahead”.
In lieu of the usual speeches, this year’s fundraising dinner was punctuated by a series of films which, according to Lord Michael Levy, president of the charity, ensured that “the star of the night was Jewish Care itself”.
The dinner was also one of the final events for Simon Morris, outgoing chief executive of Jewish Care. Morris has been chief executive of the charity for the past 15 years. He announced he would stepping down this summer from Jewish Care in early January.
He will be replaced as chief executive by Daniel Carmel-Brown, who is currently director of fundraising and marketing at the charity.
Speaking after the dinner, Morris said: “Tonight, has been an incredibly emotional night for me. I feel so proud to have led this organisation for the past 15 years and to have worked with such a dedicated and professional group of colleagues. It has been an honour and a privilege. Jewish Care will always have a big place in my heart.”