CowParade Surrey Hills, UK 2016

SurreyHills-logoCowParade Surrey Hills, UK!

CowParade Surrey Hills, launched in May 2016 and running through August 2016, features over 60 brightly-coloured cows are starting to decorating the hills, farms, towns, schools and popular landmarks across Surrey. At the conclusion of the event, the cows will be sold at auction to benefit several local non-profits organizations.

On the 3rd September, at the inaugural Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm,  the cows were exhibited together in one place and judged. The Festival was an amazing day for people taking a final look at all the cows before they were sent off to auction. Most of the cows were auctioned at a principal auction whilst, the cows judged to be the top 20 ‘Champions’ were sent to a Gala in London to make even more money.

The gala auction takes place during a glamorous evening at Hampton Court Palace on 17th November 2016. Starting at 6.30pm guests will be guided up the Kings staircase and greeted with a champagne reception in the Cartoon Gallery. This magnificent oak-panelled room overlooks the Fountain Garden where guests can gaze down at the beautiful grazing cows. Guests will then be guided to the Great Hall where a delicious three-course meal, courtesy of Rhubarb, will be served at 7.30pm before the final and most important phase of the CowParade gets underway – the gala auction.

Each sponsor has chosen a charity of their own to benefit from the auction proceeds of their cow, with a percentage going to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. This fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, helps to safeguard and protect the Surrey Hills for future generations. The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. They work with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals.

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