Distillers’ charity auction raises £250k21st October, 2013 by Patrick Schmitt
An auction held by The Worshipful Company of Distillers last week raised £250,000 for charity, smashing a £100k estimate.
Explaining the success of the auction, which was held at London’s Apothecareis’ Hall on Thursday evening (17 October), Brian Morrison, The Master of The Worshipful Company of Distillers told db the following day that the event had benefitted from a “wonderful setting and a great committee”, while stressing that the sale contained “rare and historic whiskies”.
During an interview with db, Morrison, who hosted the auction, said there was “a wonderful gasp in the room” when it was announced that the sum raised from the sale had surpassed £100,000 – the fundraising target for the auction.
Morrison also recalled “spirited bidding”, particularly for “one-off lots”, and praised the auctioneer, Christie’s international director of wine, David Elswood.
Fifty per cent of the money raised will be split between Adult and Youth Education Charities; The Alcohol Education Trust, Trelya and The Benevolent, while the other 50% will augment the Distillers Company’s Charity Fund for future giving.
Morrison explained that one of his primary aims as Master of The Distillers – a post he holds for this year – was to increase the amount of money generated for charity.
He also said that the last charitable auction held by the City livery company was six years ago, and raised £28,000, while noting that at this year’s event, Bowmore “was the star of the evening”.
The top five lots from last week’s auction can be viewed over the following pages: