Guest speakers included Lech Wałęsa, legendary Solidarity leader and modern Poland's first democratically elected president, who spoke about the new Europe, and the need for reform within the free-market democratic system. Other speakers were the Polish Ambassador to the UK, Witold Sobków and Sarah Tiffin, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy Warsaw.
BPCC chairman Antoni Reczek, and CEO Paweł Siwecki took care of the introductions, while a kilted Martyn O'Reilly served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, as well as running the whisky-tasting. The presidents of Grupa Kapitałowa Marvipol SA, the owner of British Automotive Centrum, Mariusz Książek, Arkadiusz Miętkiewicz and Arkadiusz Rutkowski took to the stage and said a few words about the latest Jaguar, Aston Martin and Land Rover cars that graced the ballroom, foyer and hotel drive. They also introduced Mr Wałęsa. Martyn O'Reilly presented Lech Walesa with his Wojtek the Bear Tartan tie and a bottle of Benromach 10 year-old Speyside Malt, and told the former president that in Scotland his name translates to 'Wallace' - and he may therefore be related to Mel Gibson!
The menu was phenomenal, featuring English Lamb from EBLEX (the English Beef and Lamb Executive) that was universally acclaimed for its succulence and taste. A tap dancing performance from husband-and-wife team Chris and Joanna Ernest got everyone in the mood for dancing - and indeed the dance floor was full till 2:00am, enjoying the music of band 36i6, while out in the foyer, many attractions diversified the entertainment.
The BPCC would like to sincerely thank the event partners and many sponsors - HSBC Bank Polska and Grupa Kapitałowa Marvipol SA, the owner of British Automotive Centrum; EBLEX for the provision of the excellent English lamb; Meli Melum for our Polish cider; Elgin and Dobre Wina for the whisky tasting and all of the providers of lottery prizes.
This year the BPCC supported Habitat for Humanity, an international development charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty by eliminating poverty housing and homelessness. Over 10,000zł, collected from prize raffle lottery plus 5% of the table proceeds, will go to this charity.
Prize & Foyer Sponsors