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Article posted on 22 February 2015
Softley Events are delighted to once again be organising this year’s Norfolk Show Ball.
Norfolk's leading charity for the visually impaired will benefit from this year's Show Ball – and is already hard at work plotting a night out to remember.
The annual summer highlight of the county's social calendar is being organised by the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, which is dedicated to helping more than 7000 people with sight loss problems each year.
The ball is being held on Friday, June 26 2015 at the Norfolk Showground and will feature a spectacular evening of good food and fun.
Ticket prices for the black tie event have been pegged at last year's £75, or £750 for a table of ten, which includes a drinks reception, four course dinner and live music entertainment.
The NNAB plans to challenge guests to explore their senses as they enjoy the fun, with an evening highlighting the smells, tastes and textures that blind people often have to rely on to compensate for their lack of sight.
Chief executive Max Marriner said: “Predominantly we're planning a great summer night, but if we can make people think a bit as well, it's no bad thing and should add to the experience.”
Dance music for the evening will be provided by top pop and rock 10-piece band Excite, who specialise in 60s and 70s favourites, and wowed last year's ball audience with their “wall of sound” approach to a memorable after-dinner knees up.
And adding a touch of class to the proceedings will be the male tenor quartet, Ff4issimo whose members have appeared in countless West End shows including Cats, Starlight Express and Phantom of the Opera.
The not-to-be-missed foursome have a repertoire ranging from Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody to light opera classics and are guaranteed to raise the roof.
The ball also features a pre-meal drinks reception, perfect on a warm summer's evening and the ideal place to “see and be seen”, catch up with old friends and maybe meet some new ones.
As for the dinner itself, organisers have constructed a mouthwatering four-course meal, with fresh, locally-grown produce at its heart.
Main sponsors for the ball are East Anglia-based financial services group NW Brown, which has agreed a substantial donation to allow the NNAB to cover some of the upfront costs of the ball.
Among other companies which have stepped up to the plate is the Anglia Farmers Ltd co-operative, whose members are providing up to 90 star raffle prizes to be won on the night.
Mr Marriner said other sponsorship packages were still available to provide companies with a high corporate profile at the ball – and support a major Norfolk charity at the same time.
The charity is also looking for companies and individuals to provide “money can't buy” auction prizes for the now traditional silent auction.
Tickets are available from Softley Events on 01603 757658 or
Discuss sponsorship packages and auction prizes with NNAB fundraising manager Jeremy Goss on 01603 629558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.