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Ice and White Chocolate Martinis

Published on July 2nd 2004.

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Stephen Johnsons’s launch of his Ice furniture collection at Manchester Art Gallery got far from a frosty reception last night as the organisers raised £20,000 for local charity Manchester Kids.
Manchester Confidential’s winners, including Clare Rogers, Adam Clyne and David Lake, were all treated to an array of free drinks from the bar of ice, including white chocolate martinis and some other fancy cocktails. With canapés doing the rounds including some amazing chocolate soaked strawberries, the event was worth going to just for this!
The business of raising some serious cash for the Manchester Kids then got underway. The event launch £20,000 to help get a minibus for the city’s underprivileged children. The auction and charity raffle raised £16,400 with Stephen Johnson donating the rest to make up the £20,000 target.
The attendees were ushered upstairs to view some of the range of furniture on offer, before an introduction from Stephen, Manchester Kids and then auction itself, launched by Graeme Park presenting on behalf of Key 103.

Inspired by modern and classical architecture, the Ice Collection comprises iconic design pieces for the home and office in glass, steel, leather, suede and corian. Stephen is currently designing selected suites for the Ice Hotel in Quebec, Canada – for a which a trip for 2 was up for grabs in the auction.
Despite a tentative start, professional auctioneer Neil Duckworth of SHM Smith Hodgkinson got proceedings under way and bidders soon got into their stride.
With three suites of the Ice collection donated by Stephen (The boardroom furniture raised £2,000 while the office furniture raised £2,300), along with lots from Theo Fennell which raised £500, Pyramid Crystal, Bang and Olufsen and the Lowry Hotel which raised £500. A trip to the Ice Hotel in Quebec also went for £1,400.
To top the night off, a raffle was held with the winners receiving Hitachi DVD players and a case of Veuve Cliquot champagne, again, all raising money for Manchester Kids.
Our winners were certainly delighted with the invite to the event, particularly the free drinks!

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