On 9 July the Convention Centre at Hotel Torre del Mar hosted a very special event: the Pityusic Cancer Patients Aid Association (Apaac) charity dinner, which succeeded in raising a total of €21,381. The evening attracted around 200 participants and featured a wide variety of highlights to keep the assembled company entertained.
Of the €21,381 raised altogether, €19,000 came from advance ticket sales for the dinner, priced at €100 a head (all of which went to the cause) and the remainder was obtained from the raffle held during the evening, in which no fewer than 41 prizes were given away (dinners at Ibiza’s restaurants, massages, spa visits, works of art, dresses and even an erotic pack were just some of the prizes claimed by lucky ticket-holders).
Over the course of the event’s six-hour duration, diners were entertained by performances of traditional country dancing courtesy of Colla de Sa Bodega, a flamenco show with singing and dancing from the Teresa Rojas School, astonishing feats of acrobatics from Acrobati-k, the lovely melodies of singer Helena Lynn, cabaret performances by Gorgeous Ibiza and the Latin rhythms of Calle Boogaloo, who gave the gala its grand finale. The evening was expertly compèred by the incomparable Lara Palma, who was partnered by the director of Ibicine, Helher Escribano.
The restaurant team at Hotel Torre del Mar rose to the occasion of this charity gala dinner with a gala menu to match. The dinner began with some aperitifs served at the tables: trampantojo de Gilda, Neptune algae tartare, beetroot hummus with confitted Iberian pork and diced tuna in spicy vinegar. Sea bass on a bed of green vegetables was then served as a first course, accompanied by a coconut sauce and mussel marinade. The main course comprised a fillet of Ibiza lamb cooked at low temperature, with spicy carob bean chocolate sauce and a dressing of green apple ceviche. A note of sweetness was provided by the dessert: a crunchy almond sponge, tropical cream, fruits of the forest and pistachio crumble.
All the funds raised will go to caring for cancer patients and their families. Among other services Apaac offers psychological and welfare support, physiotherapy, aesthetic counselling, workshops and a team of volunteers for all those who need it, completely free of charge.
During the gala dinner, the president of the Association, Maribel Martínez, paid homage to the “great efforts made by the team at the Hotel Torre del Mar and their willingness to organise the event in a wholly selfless way”.
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