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Criminal mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld managed to extort over £6,000 at a recent business event in Rotherham. The supervillian, who once proclaimed that "extortion is my business," led proceedings for over 500 guests at Rotherham's Magna Centre for this year's James Bond inspired Annual President's Ball, hosted by Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

The annual event takes place to raise vital funds for local charities and this year they are set to benefit from the thousands raised by local businesses, digging deep and showing generosity at this year's event.

The event raised over £6,500 for the President's Charity Fund which will be awarded to local member charities at this year's Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards taking place in October. Charities will have the opportunity to apply to the fund and prizes will be awarded to projects and initiatives that charitable causes need vital funds for.

Guests were wowed by show stopping performances by the Gillian Banks Theatre School, who set the scene by performing to Bond greats, Goldfinger, Moonraker and Skyfall with aerial performances, dance routines and vocals and were entertained by the events very own baddie, Blofeld.

Fundraising activities included a tombola and an auction, as well as personal donations made by guests. The auction had unique items of signed 007 memorabilia provided by member company Mustav, a week's stay aboard a Platinum Charters yacht in Tenerife, a gift from local MPs and the loan of a new BMW 4 Series Coupe donated by BMW Synters.

Commenting on the night, Owen Gleadall, president of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber (pictured at the event with Blofeld watching on), said: "What a night! The support for the event has been wonderful and I am so grateful to all of the sponsors, especially Jeremy Neal Funeral Directors and Morthyng Group who headlined the event.

"The entertainment was once again just jaw dropping and the feedback from guests has been just fantastic. I don't know where we go from here as the standard of the events just keep getting better.

"I am so proud of what we have achieved and the money we have been able to raise for my Presidents Charity Fund – thank you to everyone who have donated and given to the fund."

Sponsors who supported then event included; Jeremy Neal Funeral Directors, Morthyng Group Limited, Copier Systems Ltd, First Group, Merlin Software, NPS Group, Swinton Insurance and The Real Steakhouse & Grill.

Representatives from a range of businesses and organisations attended the evening.

Fresh n Chic Boutique, the Thurcroft store that specialises in taking old furniture and giving it a contemporary retro/vintage look, was one of the businesses supporting the event.

Dawn Brown, owner of Fresh n Chic Boutique, said: "The business has been going 18 months and we don't get to do anything like this for a Christmas party or whenever. The President's ball was a great opportunity to support local charities and gave the girls who rent space in the shop a chance to get glammed up!"

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber website

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