Distressed Investing Charity Dinner hits £2m milestone

21 September 2015

The Distressed Investing Annual Charity Dinner, held at the Savoy Hotel on Thursday 17 September, raised over £275,000 for Norwood’s services for vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities. The evening was sponsored by Akin Gump.

This is the tenth anniversary of the dinner, which is the leading annual event for the Distressed Investing industry. Attended by more than 250 people, this year’s event took the total sum raised since its inception over an incredible £2m.

Award winning stand-up comedian Romesh Ranganathan, a regular contributor on Mock The Week and QI, entertained guests with his hilarious brand of everyday misanthropy and razor-sharp punchlines.

Neville Kahn, Distressed Investing Dinner Committee, said: "We started with quite a small group, with a small event, and each year it’s grown. This year’s dinner has tipped us over the £2m mark. It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m delighted that together the industry have raised so much for such a worthwhile cause."

Gordon Singer, Equity Partner at Elliot Advisors and member of Norwood’s Distressed Investing Committee, said: "I’m not aware of any other events that get this many people from our industry together in one space. It’s great to do it in a way that allows us to socialise and talk a bit of business as well as doing something worthwhile for a great organisation."

James Roome, Akin Gump, said: "Akin Gump is very active in the distressed investing market, so we are delighted to be connected with the event. It really has become the don’t miss event for our industry."

The appeal was delivered by Wayne Chodosh, whose son Jake has autism. Speaking after the event he said: "My son was diagnosed at the age of four with autism. We were told he was going to have no language and very limited understanding for the rest of his life. At the age of 21 Jake is living independently and that is thanks to Norwood. Norwood are responsible and for that we will be forever grateful."

Photos by Sharon Green Photographic