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Guy Fawkes bonfire night party

Ágnes Weninger
November 21, 2017

The Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel was “on fire” recently. Not literally of course, but certainly the 200 or so guests that gathered to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day in Hungary and raise funds for local children’s charities were in a feverish state throughout the night.

HUF 5.356 million was raised, a record amount for this annual soiree that was attended by Budapest’s business, cultural and diplomatic communities and was organized, as always, by Xpatloop. This extravagant evening, with its backdrop of majestic views over the Danube and Royal Palace, also marked Xpatloop’s 17th anniversary.

The evening featured a myriad of food and drinks and festivities that included a virtual fireworks display, a fireworks dance performance, wine casino games and live musical entertainment. The fundraising efforts included a raffle, art auction, silent auction and one of the highlights of the night, a live auction which was once again conducted with finesse by HE British Ambassador Iain Lindsay OBE. Neither the evening itself, nor the fundraising efforts, would have been possible without the many outstanding individuals and companies who supported this event.

The beneficiaries of all the donations made at the event this year are the following Hungarian charities: ‘Young People in Need’ (Rászoruló Fiatalok), which focuses on solutions to the emotional abuse of children, the ‘Magic Lamp Wish Granting Foundation’ (Csodalámpa Alapítvány), which supports children suffering from a life-threatening illness, and SOS Children’s Village, which sponsors children to give them a loving family home, education and healthcare.

HE Iain Lindsay OBE summed it up perfectly: “Well done to XpatLoop for organizing a fantastic Bonfire Night party. It was a lovely event which raised a record total for Hungarian children’s charities. A huge thanks to all those who contributed so generously!”

Ágnes Weninger

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