On the 3rd November Dallaglio RugbyWorks hosted the 9th edition of 8Rocks at Battersea Evolution for an evening of fine dining, fine wine all coupled with some world-class entertainment and all for a fantastic cause.
Twelve of the Mentzendorff team joined the five hundred other guests along with Lawrence and his team for the evening. Upon arrival guests were greeted with a champagne reception provided by Champagne Bollinger whilst surrounded by the numerous silent auction items available on the night. The lots ranged from Usain Bolt’s signed running spikes, Chris Hoy’s British Cycling suit to a week’s holiday in Koh Samui as well as a Champagne Bollinger Experience at Royal Ascot, a case of 1985 Taylor’s Vintage Port and a case of 2013 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance.
Long standing RugbyWorks champion, Martin Bayfield welcomed the guests shortly before introducing performers from the Royal Ballet for the first instalment of the night’s outstanding entertainment
Rachel Roxburgh, Dallaglio RugbyWorks CEO, spoke about the fantastic work carried out by RugbyWorks and gave the guests a snapshot into the last year at RugbyWorks and what the programme has helped its young people to achieve. Rachel also spoke of the future of the programme and how it can extend its reach even further. RugbyWorks has begun operating in another two regions this year and there are no plans to stop growing and changing the lives of young people
Rachel was joined by two of the young people who have completed the RugbyWorks programme who impressed the guests with what they had achieved during their time with the programme and what they were looking to achieve in the future.
Following the delicious meal of lobster ravioli paired with Ashbourne Sauvignon Chardonnay, rack of lamb with M.Chapoutier Petit Ruche and a sumptuous chocolate dessert.
Auctioneer Jonny Gould then took the stage to conduct the live auction. There were eight fantastic lots ranging from a week’s skiing in Verbier and a wine tasting experience at St Emilion.
After the close of the auction, the evening entertainment continued with some of the cast of the original Jersey Boys, followed by Duke, a beatboxing group and Seb Fontaine & Goldie Rocks who DJ’d the after party until the wee small hours.
Over £600,000 was raised with all the money going towards changing the lives of young people who are often the hardest to reach in society and giving them the opportunity they need and the second chance they deserve. So a big thank you to Lawrence and all the team at Dallaglio RugbyWorks for such a fantastic evening and we are sure that next year’s 10th anniversary will be even bigger and better and will raise even more money for this great cause!