Embassies of the World Dinner and Ball – Butterfly Ball 2016

The advent of spring in Moscow brings not only the promise of the sun and longer days but also the delightful occasion of the Annual IWC Embassies of the World Dinner and Ball. The Butterfly themed Ball of 2016 was held in the iconic Metropol hotel in the heart of the city. The grand stained glass roof hall with a marble fountain adorning the centre was a perfect venue for the Ball.

By the time the Ball started, the evening had already kicked in with the Dinner that was hosted this year by the Chilean, Luxembourg and the Slovenian Embassies. Nearly a hundred more guests dined in the Bryusov Hall of the Metropol as well. A live piano recital welcomed the guests to the Ball. After a bit of mingling, some guests took to the dance floor to the music and songs played by the Mokkojazz band. The evening was yet to heat up with riveting dance performances by the Ballet Sharm troupe, which commenced after the IWC President Victoria Seligo announced the Ball open. The dancers made the guests also swing to the music of Russkie Cadril.

There was a very impressive array of Raffle prizes on display from gourmet chocolate hampers, luxury perfumes and silk scarves, designer hats, hotel and restaurant vouchers, silver, enamelled and costume jewellery to branded suitcases and voucher for men’s suit and women’s gowns! There were 163 Raffle prizes from 38 generous donors.

The silent auction for the Bentley driving experience was very popular with the guests. All this was happening while the guests enjoyed a free flow of drinks including various wines, Martini, Bacardi and even beer. The delectable cocktail menu spread was enjoyed by one and all. The remarkable host of the evening held the evening together along with the DJ. The guests continued dancing to the singer Zaali’s foot- tapping songs.

Thank you to all our over two hundred wonderfully dressed guests for attending and to all the partners for their generous donations towards the event. We would like to also extend our special thanks to all our supporting Media Partners.

This year we have raised 1.785 million roubles from the EDB event. All funds will go towards the charities supported by the IWC.

This year’s dinner and ball was supported by:
Participating Embassies: Chile, Luxembourg and Slovenia.
Supporting Embassies: Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, New Zealand, Slovakia, The USA and Turkmenistan.
Presenting Partner: The International School of Moscow.
EDB Event Partner: Baccardi Martini, Magic Group, The Dok-n-Dan Brewing, Peter Justesen, Danone.
Photographers: Andrius Maiminas, MoveOne, CHILL MAKERS.
Media Partners: Moscow in Your Pocket, Moscow expat Life, My Destination, Le Courrier de Russia.
Raffle Partners: Asian Spirit, Audi, Baci Perugina, Bikram Yoga, Bentley Russia, Carré Russe, Catherine Chapeaute, Darbars, Dutch Jewellery Creations, EisenBerg, Expat Salon, Glasremis, Imperial Tailoring, Lindt, L’Occitane, LuzzAccessories, MEDINCENTER, Metropol, Moscow Country Club Golf Resort, NewBy Teas, Palais de Thés, Peter Justesen, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Sochi, Radisson Blu Moscow, Raiffeisenbank, Roberto Bravo, Samsonite, Shoes of Prey, Timeless values, Zavidovo Resort Complex.
Silent Auction Partner: Exposed – A Space for Art, Bentley Russia.
Gift Bag Partners: International School of Moscow, Lindt, NewBy Teas, Palais de Thés, Danone.
Food & Venue: Hotel Metropol.