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Brewery fundraiser in Bury St Edmunds for Focus12 gets boost from Dirty Harry

11:11 08 November 2014

The Greene King charity ball

The Greene King charity ball

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More than 100 people helped raise £11,000 for charity at an event hosted by Greene King at Bury St Edmunds’ Athenaeum.

The brewer’s fifth annual charity ball, held on October 23, was supporting Suffolk-based drugs and alcohol rehabilitation charity Focus12.

The event, attended by 120 people this year, has now raised more than £75,000 since it was first run in 2010.

One of the fundraising initiatives at the event was an auction which included a parody portrait of Prince Harry.

Entitled Dirty Harry, it echoed a pose from the Clint Eastwood film of the same name and was painted by street artist TRUST iCON.

Dom South, marketing director for Greene King, said: “We are incredibly proud supporters of Focus12 and this year’s charity ball has been another resounding success, raising much-needed funds for a very worthy cause. The huge turn-out for the event, along with the money raised, is testament to the invaluable work done by Andy Yacoub and his team at Focus12.”

Andy Yacoub, chief executive of Focus12, said: “Focus12’s association with Greene King goes back over 10 years and we are deeply grateful for its continued support, which comes in many forms.

“We are especially indebted to all the guests at this year’s charity ball for their generosity and support, to those who so kindly donated an eclectic and sought-after array of auction items, and to Dom South and Claire Norris, for their enthusiasm and professionalism in bringing about such a wonderful evening.”

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