Elaine Paige OBE, Dame Maureen Thomas DBE, Arnold M. Crook and Alison Palin, General Manager of The Waldorf Hilton gathered in the iconic Palm Court at The Waldorf Hilton London this morning for a cheque presentation to The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust (Masterclass) from the foundation following the fundraising efforts of the team at The Waldorf Hilton .
Dame Maureen Thomas DBE, Deputy Chairman of Hilton in the Community Foundation, presented a cheque for £17,258 to Elaine Paige, a Patron and 3 times past Master of Masterclass, for the ongoing work Masterclass undertakes to engage young people in the arts.
In 2014, Masterclass was chosen as a beneficiary of The Waldorf Hilton London and Hilton in the Community Foundation’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Gala with the evening raising a substantial sum for both charities.
Masterclass was established 15 years ago by Theatre Royal Haymarket Chairman Arnold M. Crook as a way to give people aged 14 – 30 years old access to the Haymarket’s stage.
Hilton in the Community Foundation was founded in 2000, dedicated to supporting young people in need by combating exclusion and providing skills, aspirations and opportunities. Donations are funded almost entirely through the generous efforts and contributions of the community. Since its establishment the Foundation has raised over £14 million for charity.
“I’ve given three Masterclasses, with some fantastic young people from a wide range of backgrounds, over the past few years and each one has been an enjoyable and fun afternoon. Throughout my career I’ve learnt many things which I am very happy to pass on to the next generation. Even if just one piece of advice makes an impact on just one person, then it’s been worthwhile. Which is why I support the Masterclass Charity as it can make such a difference by inspiring and empowering the talent of the future.” – Elaine Paige OBE
“Theatre is one of the oldest forms of creativity and is one of the most important ways we can communicate and collectively share our experiences. It allows us the opportunity to explore and question the world we live in while being equally entertaining and thought provoking. It is only through the very generous support of organisations like the Waldorf Hilton London and the Hilton in the Community Foundation that Masterclass is able to continue to give young people free access to the professional world of theatre; inspiring and encouraging them to have a voice.” – Blayne George, Programme Director at the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust
“We’re delighted to be able to present this cheque to Masterclass, to support the incredible work they do helping young people access the arts. The Foundation is proud to support Masterclass and many other charities that work to help improve the lives of young people around Europe. We’d also like to thank Elaine Paige for receiving the cheque and everyone at Waldorf Hilton, London for their wonderful hospitality.” – Simon Sheehan, Director of Hilton in the Community Foundation
“We were very proud to host the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Gala here at The Waldorf Hilton, London and are thrilled with the funds raised for such a worthy charity. Working with Masterclass has been massively inspiring and we look forward to supporting them in the future.” – Alison Palin, General Manager, Waldorf Hilton, London