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IFR Awards dinner raises £1.4m for charity

The IFR Awards Gala Dinner returned to the Grosvenor House hotel in London on Monday 25 April with HRH The Princess Royal once again in attendance and more than £1.4m raised for Save the Children.

  1. The first IFR Gala Dinner since 2020 was attended by more than 650 guests, among them HRH The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence
  2. The Gala Dinner auction hosted by Jonny Gould raised £1,406,477 for Save the Children, the highest since 2011.
  3. Since 1995, IFR dinners have raised more than £30.7m for Save the Children.

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It was the first IFR Gala Dinner since January 2020 and was attended by more than 650 guests, many attending such a large event for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence accompanied Her Royal Highness.

The return of the traditional IFR tombstone auction in aid of long-standing charity partner Save the Children was particularly welcome considering events around the world and was met with enthusiastic support from the banks, companies and individuals present.

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of Save the Children, gave a speech on the charity’s work before Jonny Gould returned to host the auction. Gould’s relentless encouragement to the audience across eight minutes secured donations of £1,406,477, the highest since 2011 and including a record number of personal pledges.

The IFR Awards Gala Dinner

The evening was hosted by comedian and actor Marcus Brigstocke and the awards were presented by IFR editor Matthew Davies.

Her Royal Highness presented the Bank of the Year trophy to Jim Esposito, co-head of the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. That was one of six trophies collected by the U.S. bank, which also secured the bookrunner slot on the tombstone with a donation of £600,000.

The IFR Awards Gala Dinner

Citigroup donated £200,000 and BNP Paribas contributed £150,000 and were named senior lead managers on the tombstone.

Donations from M Klein and Company, Societe Generale and Credit Agricole made them joint lead managers.

Co-lead managers were HSBC, Lucid Group, Morgan Stanley, Siebert Williams Shank, Barclays, IFR via LSEG Foundation and Royal Bank of Canada.

The final tier of donors were Zuercher Kantonalbank, Deutsche Bank, Nomura, SIX Group, SMBC Nikko, Allfunds Bank, MUFG and KM Capital Markets.

The IFR Awards Gala Dinner

Hundreds of individuals made donations, taking total funding to Save the Children through IFR Awards dinners to more than £30.7m since 1995.

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How much has been raised through the IFR Gala dinners?

Since 1995, IFR dinners have raised more than £30.7m for Save the Children.