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BaxterStorey Raises £1334 for Ukraine Appeal at Said Business School Fundraising Event

Our team at Said Business School have raised an impressive £1334.47 for Ukraine’s Humanitarian Appeal, following a three-course charity dinner and garden party in Oxford.

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal helps provide essential items and emergency food for families and refugees fleeing Ukraine.

150 students and staff enjoyed a Ukrainian-inspired three-course dinner, followed by entertainment from Said Business School’s student band. Whilst students and staff enjoyed playing garden party games including volleyball and giant Connect, Vicania Beauty were on hand to offer free massages.

The event was organised by retail manager Julie Purtill and supported by our talented culinary team, including executive service manager Marzena Wlazlo, supervisor Jenny Pena, executive chef Steve Wren, commis chef Ryan Smith and senior sous chef Darek Krzywacki.

The Ukrainian inspired menu, written by Steve, included:

Zelenyj borscht with garlic pampushki and bublik
Ukranian broth finished with egg, sour cream and dill, served with Ukrainian breads

Kotleta Po-Kyivsky, Olivye salat, salat vinaigrette and oripok salat
Breaded chicken breast filled with garlic butter, Ukranian potato salad, beetroot salad and cucumber and dill salad with sour cream
Breaded field mushroom filled with garlic butter (V)

Pancakes filled with cream cheese and raisins

All the produce was kindly donated by our suppliers, including vegetables from Produce Warriors, chicken from Alden’s Butchers and dried ingredients from Bidfood.

Commenting on the food, student Daffodil Dhayaa, said: “I am blown away by the food – the soup is just incredible. The attention to detail with the wild garlic flowers is amazing. My friend Minnie and I eat in the restaurant every day and the food is always great but you can see tonight how much effort the team have gone to – it’s been a fantastic afternoon.”

Our front of house stars were on hand to stop guests from going thirsty. Hospitality supervisor Juan Ramirez made sangria and mojito cocktails, whilst AG Barr gave guests a taste of mango mojito and pineapple spritz mocktails.

The fundraiser finished with a raffle, with prizes including a £50 gift card for Bicester Village, family annual pass for Blenheim Palace, tickets for Warwick Castle and a Modern Standard AeroPress travel coffee kit.

Retail manager, Julie Purtill said: “I can’t thank everyone enough for their support. I am so proud of the team for selflessly giving up their time to ensure the event was such a success. What’s happening in Ukraine is devastating, so it was important to us that we do what we can to help”.

Sara Beck, chief operating officer at Said Business School, University of Oxford added: “This was a wonderful, and delicious, way to get together and enjoy ourselves while continuing the support so many members of our community have shown for Ukrainians at this terrible time. The Russian invasion has shocked and appalled. It’s important that we don’t let the ongoing war slip from our minds. We were proud to be part of this fantastic effort and everyone there had a great time”.

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