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Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee as FUSE Support Music Legend Dionne Warwick For The Prince's Trust

Top Quote Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee as FUSE joined the music legend Dionne Warwick and financial communities raising a record amount for The Prince's Trust at the Invest in Futures Gala Dinner supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. End Quote
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  • (1888PressRelease) February 16, 2011 - The Invest in Futures Gala Dinner, took place at the Natural History Museum to raise vital funds to help disadvantaged young people into work.

    The annual dinner, which unites recording artists, hedge fund leaders and financiers from around the world, raised more than 1 million for The Trust, the largest sum ever raised at the event since its launch in 2005.
    Joan Collins, Dionne Warwick, FUSE (Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee), Kate Aidie, Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster joined city high-fliers to raise record funds for The Prince's Trust, at one of the most important fundraisers in the calendar. Grammy award-winning legend, Dionne Warwick, performed at the fundraiser, which was hosted by Clive Anderson. Supporting the music icon was the world's most coveted electric violin virtuosos, FUSE, consisting of Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee who also entertained guests with their unique take on several classic rock songs.

    Proud ambassadors of The Prince's Trust, FUSE rose to prominence after their debut album last year. The only string group to be sponsored by Swarovski they performed on their exclusive crystal violins literally adding a sparkle to the proceedings. In 2010 Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee have performed live on TV to an audience of over 100 million plus appearances at GQ Men of the Year Awards, Glastonbury and London Fashion Week. The duo's breakthrough debut album, 'FUSE' bridges the gap between classical and pop music and the album features 14 anthems including 'Beat It' by Michael Jackson and Coldplay's 'Fix You'.
    Other celebrity ambassadors of The Prince's Trust pledged their support by offering exclusive auction lots including a meet and greet with Lewis Hamilton and an acting workshop led by Kevin Spacey with Prince's Trust young people. Sir Paul McCartney and Sting joined them by donating signed memorabilia including a Fender bass guitar.

    A master class with dance group Flawless and a lithograph created and signed by the youth charity's founder and president, HRH The Prince of Wales, was also auctioned off for the good cause.

    Julian Barrell, Director of Fundraising at The Prince's Trust, said: "Nine hundred and fifty one thousand 16 to 24-year-olds are currently out of work - the highest number since records began in 1992. The generosity of our Invest in Future guests will help us give thousands of these young people a second chance in life, boosting their confidence and helping them into jobs."

    Jonathan Moulds, president, Europe at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said: "The Prince's Trust invests in the future of more than 40,000 disadvantaged young people every year, with more than three out of four moving into work, education or training. We believe that this phenomenal success rate speaks volumes about the importance of giving youngsters a second chance to achieve their potential. We are delighted that others from the financial community have joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in supporting this very worthy cause."

    For more information:
    www.princes-trust.org.uk
    www.fuseofficial.com

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