What a Party!

MAABN Summer Party a Resounding Success!


The MAABN summer party held on 22 June last in the lovely grounds of Château Ricard in Marseille was a huge hit, if partygoers’ reactions are anything to go by.

Many of those who attended (see photo gallery) said that this was the best party ever… and who are we to argue?

The evening kicked off at the bar with refreshments provided by hosts Ricard International with wines from Chateau Pontet-Bagatelle, before the real action started on the lawns.

The MAABN team, headed by Rebecca Penna, had come up with a program of sporting events in celebration of the Summer Olympics, to be held this year in London (for those who have been on Mars and hadn’t heard…). Guests had previously been sorted into teams  “representing” Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland and New Zealand  to compete in four races: egg and spoon, sack, three-legged and a round-the-pond relay.

The competitors were fantastic, giving their all in a no-holds-barred tussle, with the Canada team finally coming out top of the table. A big thank you and “well done!” to all those who took part and gave the spectators so many laughs!

After a “décrassage” around the bar, the evening continued with a succulent barbecue provided by Just’ Caroline, accompanied by music from Laurent Versini and singer Valérie, who was making only her second public appearance (and whose exceptional voice will no doubt take her a long way!).

The traditional MAABN tombola, with fantastic prizes generously donated by our faithful partners and sponsors, once again proved to be one of the highlights of the evening.

The last partygoers left well after midnight, going home -we hope- with memories of a thoroughly enjoyable evening.





The Races


Lottery Winners


The Team

All photos © Robert Hale www.rhalefoto.com