13th Annual Dinner

The Reading Real Estate Foundation's 13th Annual Fundraising Dinner, sponsored by Europa Capital, took place on Wednesday 15th October at the Lancaster London Hotel, and saw 400 individuals from across the industry come together to support this unique educational charity and raise £18,000 for the charity.

Well known throughout the industry, since 2002 the RREF Annual Dinner has been recognised as one of the most memorable events in the property calendar. This unique event sees friends and colleagues come together, while supporting the excellent work that RREF does for both the current real estate students and profession, and their future. In the last four years the dinner has raised over £150,000, funds that have helped support RREF's charitable activities, such as the Pathways to Property project, and Scholarship & Bursary fund.

Bryan Laxton, Head of EMEA Client Engagement, Cushman & Wakefield and RREF Trustee commented 'the 13th RREF Annual Dinner was another tremendous occasion bringing together people who had graduated well over 30 years ago with those who graduated earlier this year. More than 400 people from all age groups enjoyed the opportunity of catching up with each other and mixing with other alumni. It is quite a special event in the property calendar and still a truly unique occasion.'

Through events such as the Annual Dinner RREF not only raises funds to support the aims and projects of the charity, but it also provides a great opportunity to develop new relationships that will take the charity forward. One such relationship with Chris Grigg, who has been instrumental in supporting RREF's Pathways to Property project, an initiative focused on widening participation and improving the diversity of the Real Estate industry, was demonstrated on the evening as he spoke about why he is so supportive of the initiative, both personally and as Chief Executive of British Land.

An unexpected highlight of the evening was hearing from Tom Dales, a recent graduate from the University of Reading who has joined Allsop from Reading. Tom took to the stage to receive his Mentor of the Year award, and for a few brief moments the room fell silent as he spoke of the impact RREF support has had on him, not only through the mentoring programme, but also through bursary funding that allowed him to focus on his studies through difficult times.

The generosity of RREF's supporters and the important role it plays within the Real Estate industry were demonstrated further on the night as 2 groups took the opportunity to launch class gifts: Sue Clayton (CBRE) and Paul Cable (Alpha Real Capital LLP) launched the '1979 Bursary' and Mark Ridley (Savills) launched the '1984 Bursary'. The funds raised will be used to support students coming through the Pathways to Property programme as they begin to study Real Estate and Planning at the University of Reading in 2015/16.

Contact Us

Please contact contact events@rref.reading.ac.uk for feedback, if you are interested in sponsoring the 2015 Annual Dinner, or if you'd like further details of the 2015 dinner.

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