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St Andrews Ball 2005

Allan Thompson

This years St. Andrews Ball had a distinctly football flavour to it. Adhering to the leitmotif of the evening, the guests tables were named after at times obscure and obsolete football teams, such as Queens Park, Stenhousemuir, and teams whose names have entered into the legend of the Saturday afternoon pools results: East Fife 4 Forfar 5.

 The Ball, already a well known and well attended event in Moscow expat life, continued in the St. Andrews Society tradition of providing a healthy combination of Scottish culture, good food, Scottish Country Dancing, and above all raising money for charity. This year under the patronage of Her Majestys Ambassador Mr Tony Brenton, the well established tradition was more than confirmed, with a full house of 408 people, fine food from the Renaissance Hotels Pierre Luigi TROTTA, and a significant number of guests still on the dance floor approaching two in the morning! However, the achievement for charity far exceeded the organizers expectations.

The St. Andrews Society charity efforts were complemented by the Tartan Army, who came to the rescue, finding 19 football teams scarves, bringing with them a pledge from St. Johnstone Football Club that a picture of their table would be published in the teams next matchday programme in Scotland. The St. Johnstone table on the night was occupied by the Charity Nastenka, thus drawing more attention to their good work.

In total the evening raised over $60,000 for the St. Andrews Society Charitable causes, including Nastenka, Marias Children, Kitezh, and Diemas Dream. The Society is extremely grateful to all who supported and helped make the event such an outstanding success.







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