Paul Bern­stein

... helps make £28m over din­ner

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

THE MAN­AG­ING di­rec­tor of Jewish-backed char­ity Ab­so­lute Re­turn for Kids (ARK) was count­ing his suc­cess this week. The chil­dren’s char­ity, which has Stan­ley Fink and Jen­nifer Moses among its trustees, raised al­most £28 mil­lion at its an­nual gala din­ner held at Lon­don’s Marl­bor­ough House last week — claimed to be a new UK record for a fundrais­ing din­ner.

Paul Bern­stein tells Peo­ple: “The amout raised ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions. There is good sup­port for the or­gan­i­sa­tion and we have a good dy­namic across the fi­nance sec­tor.” Ev­i­dently.

Mr Bern­stein joined ARK in Septem­ber 2003 as COO of ARK South Africa, be­com­ing MD of the UK branch in 2005. “Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked,” he says.

A for­mer Hab­er­dash­ers’ Aske’s pupil who grad­u­ated from Je­sus Col­lege, Cam­bridge, with an MA in eco­nomics, he went on to work as a busi­ness con­sul­tant for Vo­da­com in South Africa, and as mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive for Voda­fone Global Prod­ucts and Ser­vices. He was em­ployed by ARK based on his “com­mer­cial back­ground”.

ARK was es­tab­lished by Ar­pad Bus­son, the French fi­nancier, who used the din­ner to an­nounce an £8m joint ven­ture with the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion to help Aids vic­tims. Guests, in­clud­ing Bill Clin­ton and Bob Geldof, paid be­tween £10,000 and £15,000 and were treated to carpac­cio and tartare of Kobe beef with foie gras, fol­lowed by Cor­nish seabass fil­let with mint oil and lemon­grass beurre blanc. Then there were fur­ther spend­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties dur­ing an auc­tion.

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