Gala Ball 2011

Saturday 12th November 2011, five star Hilton Hotel Glasgow.

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He’s enough to make grown men cry….with laughter.

Paul Zerdin took ventriloquism to new heights at the third annual Teddy Bear Ball in November 2011.

Paul Zerdin

His standard routine with cuddly puppet Sam was funny enough but the laughter truly erupted when he selected a victim, sorry volunteer, from the audience.

“Warren” had a false mouth slapped on him by Paul, who then made him say the most outrageous things.

Tears were streaming down the faces of many of the 400 people lucky enough to have a seat at one of the most sparkling nights of the year.

Again, Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel was dressed up sensationally for the night, just like the ladies and gentlemen who had agreed to support one of Scotland’s leading children’s charities.

They had barely taken their seats, when the kids of Fusion burst into the room to perform a stunning dance routine.

Fusion Dance Troop

The Teddy Bear Foundation has helped the dance troupe buy new outfits in the past and this was the dancers’ way of saying thanks.


Jenny Chuwen, co-founder of the charity, gave a warm welcome to the assembled guests and outlined some of the work done with special needs children during the year.

Following  a delicious beef dinner, the entertainment got underway in earnest.

Paul Zerdin has appeared before the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance in London so Teddy Bear guests knew they were in for a right regal show.

Jonny Gould used his unique line in patter to raid the pockets of willing guests, staging yet another dramatic and fun-filled auction of some fantastic prizes.


Among the items on offer was a “Gourmet Package” at the five-star Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire and hospitality at the 2012 Ladies Final at Wimbledon.

Jonny’s bullish style of coaxing cash from the floor again raised a fantastic sum, which will be put to good use during 2012.

With no further ado, the dance floor was THE place to be, especially after party band Metropolis struck up the first chords of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.”


Their set was delivered with perfect professionalism, providing a fitting finale to a brilliant night.

Just over 300 ‘sleeps’ to the next one……..

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