Celebrities attend The Dorchester in aid of HARE Styling

by Katie on June 1, 2011

Known for its ultra glamorous balls, The Dorchester Park Lane was at the centre of the glamorous ‘HARE’ styling world this week, as 380 guests flooded The Ballroom to celebrate the work by HARE Styling to raise money for Great Ormond Street. 

Original artworks created by some of the biggest names in the art and entertainment industries were auctioned to raise funds for two new operating theatres at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The Hare Ball raised over £130,000, with the highest bid of £32,000 going to a canvas created by Mr. Brainwash.

Organiser, Michael van Clarke (pictured above) commented: “I am thrilled with the amount raised for Great Ormond Street, the auction continues this week ending on Thursday 2nd June and we hope to secure a substantial amount of money for the Hospital and its great work.”

At the event gala auction, designer Stella McCartney sat stunned on John Frieda’s table as two bidders fought over her distinctive canvas (above).  The bidding finally stopped at £15,000 when she agreed to create a second piece; raising £30,000 in total.  Special guests including Martin Kemp, Vidal Sassoon and Lisa Maxwell also came to support the cause. The night was topped off with fantastic performances by Rebecca Ferguson, Sunday Girl and Rick Parfitt Junior.

205 further canvases are being auctioned online at www.harestyling.com with the bidding set to end next week.

The HARE Styling appeal was started by designer, Karen Welman and leading hairdresser Michael Van Clarke whose daughter Angelica was given a lifesaving operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital when she was just two days old.

Distinguished names including Tracey Emin, Cheryl Cole, Mr Brainwash, Nicola Roberts, Jamie Oliver, Stella McCartney, Sir Paul Smith, Twiggy, Jack Vettriano, Sir Alex Ferguson, HRH Princess Beatrice and The Duchess of York all produced unique, one-off canvases, some of which were auctioned on the night and also online.  The canvases feature in a limited edition coffee table book on sale at £50 with all profits going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Commenting on success of the HARE Ball, Van Clarke says, “It was most definitely a magical evening and I would like to thank all the great performers, guests and the generous bidders who made it that extra bit special”.

To see a selection of the canvases, please visit www.harestyling.com
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