Ghouls, goblins and lots of generous guests made a huge success of Igor's first charity night in aid of Operation Santa Claus. The restaurant with a spine-tingling theme in the Western Harbour Centre opened specially on a Monday night to offer Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, which in this case included a live band, a four-part show and a magic act with a difference from the head of RTHK's Radio 3, Martin Clarke. Two hundred diners signed up for the evening, with many companies using the event to host their own Christmas parties, said Igor's Jeannette Wong. After devilishly good cocktails the guests got to feast on the traditional festive goodies, including turkey and ham which appeared to be carved from the stomachs of 'cadavers'. 'It was such a great atmosphere and we had boxes that people were just stuffing money in,' she said. All of Igor's staff went in on their day off for free and the restaurant covered other costs so that the $500 charge for each diner went straight to the appeal effort, raising $100,000. Additional donations from the guests added up to $10,530, many of them from people daring their companions. 'Some people donated $1,000 to see their boss's nipples and someone else paid $1,000 to see his secretary and her husband up on stage having a kiss and drinking a shooter, as he didn't think she drank much,' Ms Wong said. 'We had such a great crowd and we're already getting calls asking when we will have our next charity event,' she said. 'We're hoping to make this an annual event for Operation Santa.' $1.5M Barrier Broken As Fund Surges On The appeal smashed through the $1.5 million barrier yesterday, thanks to $1,000 in personal donations, and the proceeds from the great fund-raising efforts by the Hong Kong Players and Igor's Operation Santa night. The new total confirmed by PricewaterhouseCoopers yesterday was $1,558,148. Bids of more than $1,000 are being made for the 12 exclusive Furbies on The Web Connection's online auction, while the latest offer for the DolphinWatch trips was $500. Check out the latest and make your own bids on www.hongkong.com/op-santa Drop your donations into collection boxes at these Urban Property Management centres: Sha Tin's City One Plaza, Grand Millennium Plaza in Sheung Wan, the Parklane Shoppers' Boulevard in Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsuen Wan's Riviera Plaza and the arcades in Mei Foo Sun Chuen. Alternatively, crossed cheques payable to Operation Santa can be posted to RTHK Radio 3, PO Box 70200, Kowloon. For further information please call Nathalie Rahman or Zoe Lack on 2339 6418.