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Oil Barons Charity Ball 2011 pledges record commitment to Friends of Cancer Patients Society

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, June 28 - 2011 @ 16:05

Presented by Pipeline Magazine and dmg :: Energy, the annual gala dinner – now in its ninth year – will take place under the stars at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on 18th November 2011.

Appropriately themed “Everybody Needs Somebody”, the Oil Barons Charity Ball will again call upon the generosity of the region’s energy sector to support patients and their families in the UAE that have been affected by cancer.

“This year we’ve set the highest fundraising target ever for the Oil Barons Charity Ball,” said Simon Mellor, Senior VP – Energy at dmg :: events. “In 2011 we hope to raise one million dirhams for the Friends of Cancer Patients charity. Half of that will be pledged by us from proceeds of the event and the other half we hope to match through our dedicated charity sponsorship packages. Over the years the Oil Barons Charity Ball has become an important component of the corporate social responsibility programs of our participating sponsors. Together, with their support, we are hopeful of reaching our target this year.”

H.E. Miss Ameera Bin Karam, President Board of Trustees (Founding Member) of the FOCP stressed the significance of the event in supporting the charity’s services.

“The Oil Barons Charity Ball generates funds that can sustain the Friends of Cancer Patients for an entire year. Between 2008 and 2009 the event actually contributed 80 percent of the total funds for our charity. Whatever money is donated to us goes wholly to the patients, so I really cannot stress enough the importance of the Oil Barons Charity Ball in helping us to help people in the UAE that are affected by cancer,” she said.

FOCP is a charitable, volunteer-based foundation operating under the umbrella of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah. The charity seeks to provide moral, financial, emotional and medical support to cancer patients that live in the UAE. It also runs awareness programs to educate the community about the importance of early detection.

Since the Oil Barons Charity Ball became a patron of FOCP in 2008, it has raised more than Dhs1.4m for the charity. The event’s purpose attracts some of the most influential leaders from the energy industry who, in addition to supporting FOCP, eagerly anticipate the crowning of the next year’s Oil Baron.

The honour of Oil Baron is awarded to a top industry executive who has positively impacted the Middle East’s energy sector through their exceptional leadership, business acumen and societal contributions. According to the judges convened by Pipeline Magazine, the entries are evaluated on the lifetime achievements of the individual which includes engagement in corporate social responsibility activities.

The previous Oil Barons are not only exceptional industry leaders, but also recognise the importance of supporting the communities in which they operate. The reigning Oil Baron, Mr Kevin Roberts from Hydroserv Group, for example, is a major charity supporter and at the 2009 Oil Barons Charity Ball donated Dhs100,000 to FOCP.

In 2010 he also donated a car to one of FOCP’s patients.

“The Oil Baron crown is an acknowledgement of the outstanding contributions of these individuals who fully embrace the notion of people, planet and profits,” said Mellor.

The judging panel will include representatives from Pipeline Magazine; ADIPEC, the largest oil and gas event outside of the Americas; as well as previous Oil Barons. Crowning of the 2011 Oil Baron will happen during the gala event to the traditional fanfare for which the Ball is now famous. Guests can also look forward to a spectacular lineup of live entertainment from the Blues Brothers Tribute Show featuring performances from Aretha Franklin and James Brown acts.

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