Boodles Boxing Ball
Hot ticket in the social calendar and an adrenalin-fuelled sporting spectacle
The biennial Boodles Boxing Ball returns on September 21st 2013. Organised by our very own director James Amos, the society black-tie event – the fourth of its kind – will again be held at the Park Plaza Hotel in London, the only venue of its kind in London that is big enough to accommodate its ever-growing popularity.
Next summer, 950 invites will be sent out for the event that started out as a handful of boxing matches between friends.
“In 2002, Jez Lawson and I put on a charity boxing event for a few friends to box each other. It started out as a bit of fun, but ended up a huge success – discounting my broken nose,” says James Amos.
“It put the wheels in motion for the Boodles Boxing Ball, the first of which took place in 2006. We were honoured that Prince William and Kate Middleton could join us and, as a result, the event made front-page news. We haven’t looked back since.”
Glamour, grit and a generous dose of giving are the ingredients that make the amateur event such a unique one. You won’t find a professional boxer in the house – unless they are watching from behind the ropes.
“It’s an event put on for friends by friends,” explains James. “The committee consists of myself and five good friends, Jeremy Lawson, Charlie Gilkes, Hugh van Cutsem, Bear Maclean and Alice Beaumont. Hugh “Hunter” van Cutsen also took his fair share of punches in 2006 and 2011 but came out victorious on both occasions.”
Last year the proceeds were divided between two charities. The Starlight Children’s Foundation is a charity that grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes to seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospital wards and hospices throughout Britain.
“As a family-run company with many children between us, we are delighted to help bring happiness to the lives of thousands of children each year” says James. The second charity is the Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust which helps injured soldiers and families who have lost loved ones at war. It is a cause close to Boodles’ heart – Dougie was a close friend of James and died in Afghanistan in 2010.
Nowadays, the Boodles Boxing Ball gets more than its fair share of media attention, thanks in part to the star-studded guest list. It was a privilege to see Princes William and Harry in the crowd at our 2006 and 2008 events.
Last year, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Pippa Middleton, together with Holly and Sam Branson, were cheering on from the sidelines.