“We’ve set ourselves a target of $10,000 this year” says Club President, Piotr Khutiev. “It’s a tough target in these difficult economic times, but there are a lot of generous people out there, and I’m sure we’ll make it.”
One of the highlights of the expat social calendar, and consistently the biggest ball of the season, the Moscow Dragons St. Valentines Charity Ball takes a lot of work from a dedicated team, who call-in favours from across Moscow and the Dragonsâ diaspora across the world to make sure that the drinks will flow freely and the auction and raffle prizes are up to their usual high standards.
Over the years, the Dragons have raised well in excess of $100,000 for charities, at their annual ball. In recent years, their nominated charity has been Dobroserdie, which works with children with Cerebral Palsy, championing a programme of physical therapy, which builds confidence alongside ability and helps to keep children and young adults integrated in society. “This progressive approach is unique in Russia and really does make a difference,” says Nadezhda Korsakova from the charity. “But without the generous support of donors like the Moscow Dragons it just wouldn’t be possible,” she adds.
As in previous years, alongside a luxurious dinner, this ‘black tie’ event will feature unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including a Champagne and cocktails reception, draft Heineken and Guinness, wine and spirits on the table, a DJ and live music from Tony and the Smokebreakers. “People say that the Dragons Ball is one of the best nights of the year and I’m sure this year will be no exception,” commented Khutiev.