The White Rose Charity Ball is the brainchild of Linda Larder, a former marketing director who was working as a volunteer in The Holocaust Centre’s coffee lounge.
“When you visit The Holocaust Centre, you are filled with passion, hope and peace. When I heard that it might close down through lack of money I couldn’t let that happen,” says Linda, who called on family and friends to form a small but highly energetic fundraising committee.
Hosted by Bernie Katz (aka ‘The Prince of Soho’ and House Manager at the famous London private members’ club The Groucho), their collective enthusiasm was fired by the chance to visit the Centre for themselves, where they met the Centre’s Chairman and founder Dr James Smith and listened to a talk by Auschwitz survivor Arek Hersh.
“In giving up careers and their family home to create such a moving place of memory and education, the Smith family have shown what a huge difference a few people can make if they really care,” says Bernie. “We hope the White Rose Ball will inspire others to use their wealth and talents to follow that example.”
The ever-growing committee now includes:
Linda Larder – Committee Chair
Andy Hart – PR and Marketing Consultant
Bernie Katz – House Manager of The Groucho Club
David Brown – Head of Media for The Holocaust Centre and Aegis Trust
Francesca de Takats - Music and Media Consultant
Helen Whitney – Director of the Holocaust Centre
Henry Grunwald, QC – Trustee, The Holocaust Centre
Dr James Smith – Chairman and Co-Founder of The Holocaust Centre
Neil Latter and Richard Swallow - The Purple Group
Julia Marcuson – Marcuson Consulting, Consultant to The Holocaust Centre
Julian Phelan –TV Producer
Nicola Larder – TV Drama Producer, BBC
Paula Larder – Communications Manager, NHS
Victoria Larder – Radio Presenter and Events Consultant