The Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel played host to its annual Star Ball, where John Christodoulou wowed the audience at the 2017 star-studded event, by presenting a cheque of £1,000,000 to his chaired charity; The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation.
The Cypriote born billionaire was keen to show his earnestness for the charity and additionally donated a variety prizes to the evening's live auction.
Celebrity guests in attendance included heavy-weight boxing champions and good friends Anthony Joshua and Tony Bellew, who joined John Christodoulou on stage. (Bellew also donated 2 ring side seats to the foundations auction)
Soap stars Jorgie Porter and Kym Marsh were also present, dressed up to nines amongst an array of famous faces.
Extracts from the charity owner’s speech, before presenting the £1 million cheque…
“Whether you purchased a single seat or a platinum table, the most important thing is that you are here and I am grateful for your contribution…
…Whilst I have been a supporter of many charities over the last 25 years, I never fully understood how the money was being used, which lead to one of the many reasons why I started the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation.
For clarity, unlike most charities, our foundation has no administration charges and everyone who helps does not get paid from the charity. All the money goes directly to the bottom line, and that is helping children.
Mr Christodoulou’s previous projects for the charity have ranged from renovating school rooms, sponsoring dogs for deaf children and providing funding for children’s sports wheelchairs, for those in need who are not covered by the NHS.
A spokesperson for the charity said…
“Our primary goal is to positively impact children’s growth by investing in educational or health related projects. We are most excited to continue growing and expanding the reach of our efforts with the help and support of generous donators, such as Mr Christodoulou.”
It seems that all in attendance were in high spirits. The total raised from the event is still to be announced.
More information on the charity can be found on Twitter & Facebook @YianisCharity, and on the company’s website www.yianischristodouloufoundation.com