The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many events around the world to be cancelled or postponed. Luckily The Butterfly Ball Monaco 2020, hosted by John Caudwell and Modesta Vzesniauskaite, was able to go ahead raising a record-breaking €1.3 million for UK-based charity, Caudwell Children. It all could happen thanks to extensive collaboration with venues and the local health authorities to ensure the most up-to-date social distancing and infection control were followed. Caudwell Children was founded in 2000 by John Caudwell and led by CEO, Trudi Beswick since the very beginning the charity has supported over 55,000 disabled children with 653 different medical conditions. In 2019 they officially opened the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, the UK’s first independent purpose-built facility for the assessment, intervention and research of autism. John Caudwell, its chairman, remains the charity’s most passionate supporter and personally donates the charity’s administration and management overheads each year, enabling 100% of all direct donations to be spent directly on the children and families they support. The day before the ball there was a cycle challenge where in total the 50 cyclists raised an impressive €157,000. Former Olympic cyclist, Modesta Vzesniauskaite, said: “John and I met through cycling and it is one of greatest loves. To combine this with our greatest passion, helping charity, gives us great joy and we are so grateful to everyone who took part both here in Monaco and back in the UK and raised such a fantastic amount of money for Caudwell Children. Following the cycling, attention turned to the outdoor terrace at the luxurious Monte Carlo Bay Hotel where on Saturday 26th September 100 guests joined John and Modesta under the stars for an evening of exquisite hospitality, entertainment and fundraising. Orchestrated by Simon du Pury, auction lots including holidays in Whistler, California, fine art and a week on board the Superyacht Titania received a flurry of bids as guests demonstrated their immense generosity at a time when Caudwell Children’s support for disabled children is needed more than ever. Sponsored by Arctic World Club, Burgess Yachts and Edmond de Rothschild; in total the two fundraising events raised €1,302,428. For more details or to support Caudwell Children visit www.caudwellchildren.com.