Thank you! Together we raised over 4 Million CZK!

Dear friends

Thank you for supporting the 2017 Charity Gala “Cocktail”.

We are delighted to tell you that we raised over 4 Million Czech Krowns for our charities on Saturday night. This makes 2017 our most successful gala ever!


We owe a huge part of this success to the fabulous team at Mlynec and to all of our generous sponsors, many of whom support us year after year.

We are extremely grateful for your kind donations and look forward to working with our charities to ensure that your money is put to good use.

In 2018, we will work with the following charities:

  • Childhood Leukemia Investigation Prague (CLIP): Funds raised will be used to support diagnosis and tailoring of treatment for leukemia patients and ongoing research into leukemia in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Diakonie Center: Money will be used towards the purchase of a transport van that is specially modified for children with mental, physical and multiple disabilities.
  • Beroun Children’s Home: Our contributions will fund horse-riding lessons, swimming lessons, pet therapy, music therapy and trips to the salt caves.
  • Skiing for the disabled: We will fund ski-courses for disabled children.
  • Pink Crocodile School Prague: Money raised will be used to purchase specialist equipment to help children with complex and multiple disabilities live their life.
  • Dedina Center: Our money will continue to support a program aimed at fostering greater independence for blind and visually impaired adults.
  • Motol ORL/Broken Silence Foundation: We will contribute towards the purchase of specialist surgical equipment and continue to support the post-surgery rehabilitation program for children with cochlear implants.
  • Department of Projects, Grants and Clinical trials at Kralovske Vinohrady: Money raised will be used to purchase specialist equipment for neonatal care.

We will update you throughout the year on our progress and you are very welcome to visit our charities with us in the new year.

With warm wishes

Charity Gala Committee

Elizabeth Neale, Paula Hessenberger, Grace Wilkinson, Blanka Smith, Anke Weber, Karen Feldman, Kate Sellers, Clare Mazzotti, Jo Demeril, Dana Duffill and Gill Maguire

Cocktail Photos LIVE!

The Official 2017 Charity Gala Photos are now LIVE.

We’ve posted many of the photos on Facebook so please feel free to tag, share and download.


You can see all the photos that Tomas Cesalek, our photographer, took in the Charity Gala 2017 album on Tomas’ website.  The secret password is…cocktail!

We take care to only post photos of you looking fabulous but if for any reason you see a photo that you would like us to remove from either Facebook or Tomas’ website please get in touch.

We hope you like them!

Get Ready for the Live Auction!

1 Rugby and Beer

  • 2 Tickets for England vs. All Blacks at Twickenham, Nov ´18
  • Pilsner Urquell VIP Brewery Tour for 12 includes access to private cellars, mini bus and beer
  • COMO cocktail party for 15 with finger food

2 London Calling

  • 4 Tickets to the English National Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty Premiere includes VIP opening party 6.6.18, flexibility to choose another performance, show runs 6-16.6.18
  • Four Seasons London at Park Lane, 2 nights double room
  • Winser London £300 voucher for luxury women’s wear
  • Sophie´s Steak House £100 voucher
  • Solid Silver Hip Flask, British Silverware

3 Breaking Away

  • Hotel Kempinski High Tatras, 2 nights with spa for 2 people
  • BMW driving experience,test i8 and i3, Pec pod Sněžkou
  • Car Scratch Repair Auto QliniQ

4 Red Bull Gives You Wings

  • 2 VIP tickets to Red Bull Air Race Budapest, Sky Lounge plus 2 tandem flights with the Red Bull Flying Bulls 23-24.6.18
  • Budapest Marriott Hotel for 2 nights
  • 10,000CZK voucher for Restaurant Bellevue

5 Prague Lux

  • Gentleman’s luxury suit of your choice from Corneliani
  • Pendant from the Golden Gate Collection by Roberto Coin
  • 2 VIP passes Bach Music Festival Prague 14-28.7.18

6 Golfer Paradise

  • Casa Serena golf course for 4 players, all day VIP catering
  • 2×3 Hour Golf Academy assessment
  • Five Star Boutique Hotel Jalta 2 double rooms for 2 nights
  • US Masters flags signed by Danny Willett and Lee Westwood
  • Event shirt from George Coetzee, 9 time tour winner

7 Cosmopolitan Chic

  • Jimmy Choo Lockett Petite Shoulder Bag
  • Mandarin Oriental Prague 1 night Deluxe Suite & breakfast, cocktails and bar snacks at Spices Bar
  • Halada’s Cosmos Pendant with leather bracelet
  • 10,000CZK shopping voucher for 5.Avenue

8 Top Gear

  • Drive Top Fleet BMW cars at the Luxury Driving Club in Italy
  • 2/3 day event, 5* hotels and top Italian cuisine, Autumn’18
  • Kampa Park Vltava champagne cruise on “Galatea” for 8, five-course degustation menu with wine pairing
  • 12 bottles of Dame de Montrose 2010

9 Gumball Party with the Stars

  • 2 VIP passes for the Gumball 3000 Rally launch weekend,
  • 2 nights 5* Bulgari London, celebrity meet and greet, Aug ’18
  • 10,000CZK voucher for Restaurant Mlynec

10 Hamley’s Hot Toddy Bear

  • Large soft Hamley’s Bakewell Bear
  • Diamond set by Hany Koi, 0,28ct, VS, G with Diamond Center certificate

Get ready to bid tonight. These prizes are incredible and it’s all for a very good cause.

#LiveAuction #Bid #Bid #Bid

Breaking Away

The BMW xDrive Experience allows you to experience driving like you’ve never experienced it before.


Participants meet in Pec pod Sněžkou and have the opportunity to test BMWs equipped with the xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. In addition to riding along regular roads, part of the ride is on a closed track at one of the nearby airports.

During the journey the BMW product experts share their knowledge about BMW cars, technologies and the driving attributes.

Driving exercises are tailored to the particular model and enable the participants to improve their driving capability under extreme conditions.

The whole experience takes approximately three hours and the winner will be invited to join the BMW team for lunch or dinner.

You will also win an experience of a different kind as Kempinski High Tatras has yet again generously donated a luxurious break for two at the spectacular Grand Hotel High Tatras in Slovakia.


Escape your everyday life and discover unspoilt nature, magnificent landscapes and endless relaxation on the shores of the glacial lake Strbske Pleso.

Grand Hotel High Tatras

This popular prize includes a two night stay in a deluxe double room and buffet breakfast for two people. It also includes unlimited access to the Zion Luxury Spa.

Pool with a view

Watch out for this fabulous prize in the Live Auction on Saturday night.

#LiveAuction #Weekend #Travel #Experience

Adventures in Sri Lanka

Escape to the beautiful tropical island of Sri Lanka. It has something for everyone – palm-fringed golden beaches, cool hill stations, tea plantations, lush rainforest, wildlife, ancient cities, Buddhist temples and colourful festivals.

This year we have not one but two Sri Lankan hotels for you – one at the beach and one in the city.

Hemas Leisure has generously donated a four night stay at the Lantern Boutique Hotel.


Lantern is located along the white sandy beachfront and turquoise waters of Mirissa. It features an outdoor pool and the restaurant serves local and international delights.

We also have three nights courtesy of the Hilton Columbo Hotel.

Hilton Columbo

The hotel is five minutes walk from the beach and overlooks the Indian Ocean.

Guests can relax with an award-winning cocktail by the outdoor pool bar or enjoy the hot tub after an active workout at the fitness centre or tennis courts.

Dining highlights include local specialities at the open-air Curry Leaf restaurant and Sri Lanka’s only trattoria, Il Ponte, offers home-made pasta.

Hilton Colombo Hotel is within walking distance of the shopping and dining options at Fort District and Pettah Bazaar.

Prize summary:

  • Four night stay at the Lantern Boutique Hotel, superior room with breakfast
  • Three nights at the Hilton Columbo, double room with breakfast
  • Valid from 1.5.18 to 31.10.18

Find out more about this fabulous getaway in the Silent Auction on Saturday night.

#SilentAuction #SriLanka #Travel 

Cosmopolitan Chic

We have a fabulous prize from Mandarin Oriental Prague with the perfect nod to our Cocktail theme!

To kick off the evening you’ll pop behind the bar to make your own welcome Bellini. And then with the hard work out of the way you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy some delicious finger food from Spices and more cocktails made by their expert bar tender.

Mandarin Bar

You’ll stay at the hotel for one night in a Deluxe Suite for two where you’ll be treated to breakfast in bed.

Mandarin Suite

Your next treat is a beautiful and highly wearable pendent with leather bracelet from the HALADA COSMOS Collection.

Halada.jpgAnd we’re ridiculously excited to have secured our first prize from Jimmy Choo.

The sexy and feminine Lockett Petite shoulder bag, in bottle green velvet, is a statement piece for your new season wardrobe. This detailed bag boasts a unique push lock closure, designed to stay firmly and securely closed. The chain shoulder strap adds a distinct edge, so wear full length on the shoulder for the full effect.

Jimmy Choo 1 2017-11-14-PHOTO-00000382

You’ll also receive a shopping voucher for 10,000 CZK at 5. Avenue in Prague. Jana will help you find the perfect outfit for a special occasion or some stylish gear for your every day life.

This prize will be available in the Live Auction on Saturday. Let battle commence!

#LiveAuction #Luxury #Mandarin #JimmyChoo #Halada #5Avenue

Top Gear!

The Ultimate Driving Experience

We have an invitation for two people to take a road trip with the BMW fleet through the Italian countryside in autumn 2018.

Your Italian adventure will include:

  • Driving top BMWs through the beautiful Italian countryside
  • Authentic Italian dining
  • 5* luxury hotels for 2-3 days
  • Surprise extras.

The fine details are still being kept a secret but you can take a look at this similar event for inspiration.

Champagne Cruise on the Vltava

Kampa Park Restaurant has once again generously donated a champagne cruise on “Galatea” for eight guests, followed by a five-course degustations menu with wine pairing

Kampa boat 1

You will also get to stock up your wine cellar with 12 bottles of Dame de Montrose 2010.

Dame de Montrose

These top prizes will be packaged together and available in the Live Auction on Saturday night. Are you ready?

#LiveAuction #BMW #FineWine #ChampagneCruise #FineDining