Elizabeth Hurley makes her grand entrance at this year's Wine Dinner

Last week the beautiful halls of the V&A Museum hosted a high-class event that raised more than £250,000 for the Countryside Alliance (CA), a British organisation promoting traditional rural life and its values.

World-known celebs (Liz Hurley was fabulous in her black dress!) and London socialites, including financial elite and aristocracy, took part in a dinner organised by Johannes Huth of an American equity company KKR. The former English team cricketer David Gover was entertaining guests telling stories from his life until the auctioneer Duncan McEuen introduced the first lots and excitement spread among the audience. A day at the Haddeo Shoot in Devon went for £25,000 quid, while a morning’s duck shooting at the Venetian lagoon had £16,000 for its final bid.

Milly Browne, the organiser, commented: “It was another wonderful, record-breaking night, with a relaxed atmosphere in the fantastic surroundings of the V&A”. Several companies – Roxtons Field Sports, Pol Roger, Fortnum & Mason, Blenheim Water, Chalkstream Foods and Vicars Game – were proud to sponsor the auction.

 

Liz Hurley arrives with her entourage
Liz Hurley arrives with her entourage
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Kate O’Neill and Ian Holt
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John Duncan and Cato Stonex (Fund Manager, THS Partners)
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Kate Hamilton-Baily (Headhunter at Taylor Bennett) and Nick Bannister
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Simon MacKenzie-Smith (BofA Merrill Lynch) and Jim Rutherford
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William Fall (former head of RBS), Simon Hall and Tim Steer (Fund Manager, Artemis)
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Bina Von Stauffenberg, Helene Klausner-Huth and Elizabeth Louis
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Hawthorne McGrath and Patrick McGrath
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Philippe von Stauffenberg (Solidus Partners LLP), Helene Klausner-Huth and Elizabeth Louis

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