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Our Honorary Ambassador, Dr Patrick Treacy, arranged for MJL to have a coveted speaking slot at the 10th anniversary of the Aesthetic Industry’s Summer Ball.
Held annually in various locations, the Ball attracts doctors and surgeons at the top of their respective fields who travel from across the world to attend this prestigious event.
This year’s Ball was held at the iconic Mme Tussauds in the heart of London on Saturday 16th June and was attended by almost 300 guests who were treated to a champagne and canape reception. Two by two, guests then embarked upon a theme-park style ride through London’s incredible history, waxworks and special effects guiding and enchanting passengers along the way. From the comfort of a ‘London carriage’, wars, fires and historical events became ‘real’, or at least as real as the multitude of lifelike waxworks passed along the way. This was followed by an equally mesmerising experience as guests were ushered into a huge cinema to enjoy ‘Superheroes’ in 4D. For those more familiar with 3D, this is one cleverer than that, including the ability to feel – in this case, wind, water and even ‘creepy crawlies’ running up one’s legs! The only 3D that could possibly top 4D in its interactive uniqueness is Michael Jackson’s ‘Captain Eo’, which was of course, well beyond its time.
Guests were subsequently able to mingle with the multitude of waxworks, some instantly recognisable, others not so, and some – like Princess Diana’s figure – quite a lonesome and sad portrayal – before entering the main hall for an evening of food, charity and entertainment. Huge cakes adorned the centrepiece of every table and champagne was on hand as the three course meal and entertainment was enjoyed by professionals from across the world.
The highlight of the evening was, for us, the chance to fundraise for the building of Everland Liberia. In between dinner and desert, MJL’s Founding Director was called to the stage to give a short speech about the great need in Liberia, and the inspiration behind the work that MJL is undertaking, including Michael’s oft overlooked humanitarian work around the globe. A silent auction ran alongside the evening’s events, which included various items signed by a multitude of well-known pop and sporting stars. All monies raised through the silent auction was destined to be split between three charities and thus MJL shared the stage with two other worthy causes: Commando Spirit and Killing Cancer.
Dr Treacy himself gave three special signed items to be auctioned at the event, including a signed Bono autograph of The Edge playing his guitar, a Rugby ball signed by former England captain, Lawrence Delaglio, and a signed Michael Schumacher race ticket from Monaco’s 1999 Grand Prix. We are so grateful for Dr Treacy's support, love and loyalty, both to ourselves, to his late and dear friend Michael, and to those in great need across Africa with whom his heart so often rests.
We await confirmation of the total raised at the Ball. Since fans have already raised all the funding for the building of Everland, monies raised at the Ball will contribute significantly to the interior furnishings and will be a great blessing to this project as a whole. MJL had an unforgettable night and most importantly, it was all for L.O.V.E.
ABOVE left to right: Charities and sponsors at the ball. 'Michael' watches over the evening. MJL's Founding Director Dee with Honorary Ambassador, Dr Patrick Treacy. Dr Tim Fitzpatrick, voted among America's top five dermatologists, approached Dee after her speech, reached into his pocket and drew out £100 in cash for the cause.
ABOVE: Dr Patrick Treacy, MJL's Honorary Ambassador, poses with some of the items he donated on the night, including a rugby ball signed by former England captain Lawrence Dalaglio, a photo of The Edge playing his guitar, signed by U2's Bono, and ticket from Monaco's Grand Prix 1999, signed by Michael Schumacher.