The glitz and glamour of Las Vegas came to Crewe Hall Cheshire in Cheshire on Saturday 25th February 2017, for the inaugural fundraising charity ball of the Rotary Club of Bentley Cheshire in aid of Climb and Young Minds.
The evening began with a drinks reception, the bubbles and laughter flowed!
Everyone really embraced the red and black theme and there was a great atmosphere in the room!
The drinks were accompanied by a close-up Magician, who thrilled guests with his repertoire of tricks!
A three-course dinner followed, the theme continued to the tables and dance floor.
Lindsay Weaver, Climb’s Executive Director, delivered a passionate speech, giving an insight into some of the families that we support and the vital work that we do to improve the lives of those affected by Inherited Metabolic Disorders.
21 year old Adversity Adventurer, Alex Staniforth also delivered a motivational talk about what drives him to undertake challenges such as climbing the world’s highest peaks, whilst raising funds for charities close to his heart, such as Young Minds.
As the food and drinks flowed, the charity auction was announced, with fantastic lots such as a Manchester United shirt signed by Striker Marcus Rashford, a glamorous makeover at Harry Jon salon, a very special Schumacher brand cap, signed by the F1 legend himself, and a family holiday with Eurocamp.
A lot of fun was had, with guests outbidding each other to bag themselves a great prize and raising lots of money for the charities!
Then it was time for the live entertainment!
The first act was John Kinghorn, from Bentley Motors, who treated guests to a rousing rendition of some of the greatest hits of Elvis!
John was followed by special guest, X Factor’s Rebekah Ryan, who received support from Climb following the sad loss of her little boy Ethan, from Sandhoff’s Syndrome. Rebekah’s energy brought everyone to the dance floor with her versions of popular hits including Amy Winehouse, Tina Turner and Nancy Sinatra.
Rebekah rounded up her set with the song that she wrote on the day that Ethan was diagnosed and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as she performed the emotional song.
The evening continued with a fun casino and dancing into the early hours!
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The final amount raised on the night, via ticket sales, auction and raffle was a fantastic £8,500 which was split between Climb, Young Minds and the Rotary Chariatable Foundation – an amazing amount of money which will make a real difference to the charities. We have some great ideas of how we plan to use the money in a way which will not only raise awareness of Inherited Metabolic Disorders, and give a voice to the families we support, but also create a legacy from this special event.
Here we are with members of the Rotary Club of Bentley Cheshire, being presented with our giant cheque at Crewe Hall!
This was the first event of this scale that the Rotary Club of Bentley Cheshire have organised and was a huge achievement for the club, which is still in its first year! If the Ball was anything to go by, the club is going to go from strength to strength and make a huge difference to the community.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved; this was truly a team effort with lots of people behind the scenes, kindly volunteering time and skills to help organise and run the evening. Special thanks to Sarah Newcombe who did a sterling job of project managing the whole event!
Many thanks too, to the fantastic performers, all those who donated auction and raffle prizes and everyone in between! Last but not least to the 233 guests who made it such a night to remember, we wish we could do it all over again!