Your Invite from the Chairman: Have You Booked Your Table?

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On 27th of January, the 12th White Hat Ball will take place at The Lancaster Hotel and kick off a new year of fundraising for ChildLine and Barnardos. What began as a few people looking for a way to put something back, has grown into a munificent leviathan that has raised over a million pounds for good causes.

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The White Hat Ball is now a major event in the annual calendar for the information security industry. Its two main purposes are to raise money for charity and to host an event where like-minded people can have a thoroughly good time.

Upon arrival, there is a champagne reception to break the ice before a fabulous gourmet meal with wine. We are usually honoured by the presence of Dame Esther Rantzen who helps remind everyone of the very important support that ChildLine provides every year for thousands of children who suffer abuse or neglect.

After dinner and a live auction, the 650 guests can trip the light fantastic, dancing to a live band until the early hours. The White Hat Ball is living proof that you can have a great night and do your bit for a good cause at the same time.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us at our next ball. Many people buy their own individual tickets to the ball, others come as guests of various security companies who buy corporate tables for the evening. Whilst this is an event inspired by and attended by members of the information security industry, as well as their partners and their friends, it is not part of a conference or seminar. This is first and foremost a social event but the fact that most attendees work within the same industry means that we know each other. Thus the White Hat ball has become a major annual reunion for so many of us and of course an important fundraiser for ChildLine.

You can reserve your place at the ball by contactingsarah.jeffery@nspcc.org.uk or calling Sarah on; 020 3772 9423 . I sincerely hope that you will join us and discover for yourself what a great night the White Hat Ball has become.

Kind regards
Clive Room
Chairman

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