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‘The Might of The Dragon’ Valentine’s Ball

The Moscow Dragons rugby club know how to enjoy themselves, on and off the pitch. Their annual charity ball saw them at their finest, in their finest finery and occasionally less. The day is always cunningly planned so as to miss some of the 6 Nations, a rare case of love besting rugby in the Dragons’ attentions. The Marriott Grand did the club and its 300 guests proud, with spacious dining and a full sized dance floor, well filled for much of the evening. A splendid meal was washed down with fountains of wine, and for the brave/adventurous/foolhardy (delete according to view) there were also lashings of Jameson & Bushmills whiskey, Parliament vodka and twin servings of tequila, the last named being a treat for the eyes as much as the palate. The band were brilliant, and got the place rocking. Mere ballroom dancing was not enough for some rugby men, who dispensed with decorum, and their shirts, for some impromptu macho chest beating. This part of the evening was not fit to photograph.

Amongst all the fun, frolics and frivolity, there was a serious purpose. To Children With Love look after hundreds of orphans in their dozen homes, with wholly inadequate state support. The ‘great society’ is a necessity in today’s Russia. The Dragons are supporting this excellent work. As well as ticket sales and sponsorship, there were a glittering array of raffle prizes, from Avianova flights and Marriott Hotel weekends to cosmetics packs and Spanish wines, and some eye-watering auctions. Possibly fortunately, the promised slaves escaped before being sold. By the time PASSPORT went to press, the committee were still counting the proceeds, not so much because they are huge sums (they are), but mainly because the committee are mostly prop forwards, (as is your correspondent) so it is slow going. To Children With Love played their part too. We were treated to two folk dances by girls in the homes, former resident Max, now pursuing a career in the construction industry, and Director Igor Stepanov spoke movingly of the cause, and the Dragons responded. A good night, and some good work. Thank you! There is plenty more to do RDH

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