So the last couple of weeks in my life have consisted of...
Dress & Event staff lanyard
Our function room at the Mercure Hotel, Willerby
Flower centre piece
Raffle/Auction Prize Table
Flynn, Dan L, Me, Harley and Dan WDan W and Emily
Emily and Harley
Flynn, Me and Dan W
Me and my Help for Heroes ted!
Harley, Me and Emily drawing the raffle
As some of you may well know, I attend East Riding College, Beverley Campus and I study upon the business course. Holding a 'successful business event' is a module that has to be completed by the end of our second year. Our group knew straight away that we wanted to hold a black tie ball and that our chosen charity would be Help for Heroes. Many of us have ties to the armed forces and with everything that has been going on in recent years out in Afghan and other war zones, Help for Heroes is definitely a worth while cause.
Our event was held at the Mercure Hotel in Willerby on Saturday 21st April 2012 - and what a proud day this was! We started organising this event at the end of September and it all came to fruition on Saturday (all that planning and its over in one night!)
We planned everything, the venue, the menu, the decor, the entertainment. We wrote out all the paper work to aid the event - the letters to invite the guests to our event and the letters/emails to businesses for donations for the auction/raffle.
Everything was designed by us - our logo, the posters, the flyer's and the tickets.
The night kicked off with a champagne reception (which went down very well) whilst we were beautifully serenaded by the gorgeous Lucia Walsh Hughes. We were then swiftly seated and our three course meals were served; tomato soup, chicken with cherry tomatoes and courgettes then peach melba cheesecake.
Our host for the night was the hilarious Bill Woolland, he did a short act, in which he took the mick out of the locals! Then he held our main event - the charity auction. I am still astounded how well this actually went down, we had already taken so much money from selling raffle tickets I was worried that the auction may be a flop. Clearly, there was no need to worry, our best sellers were the Champneys break in Henlow that went for £500, a tandem skydive at Skydive GB in Bridlington for £250, a Virgin hot air balloon ride for £300 and a driving car experience for £380 plus many more auction prizes.
The Casino Band were our main entertainment for the night and got everyone dancing, and I mean everyone. I think the dance floor could have done to have been slightly bigger to accommodate everyone to be honest!
The raffle was hosted by myself and Harley, which I thought would be an easy role within the nights event, but, I was wrong. I was actually terrified by the time I got up in front of our audience of around 180! Although the raffle went rather smoothly, it was far too long. The businesses we had approached for donations had been so accommodating that we just had so many raffle prizes to win on the night.
The Casino Band then came back on for their last set and even managed to take £50 off three people who were invited to come and sing on stage with them!
All in all we raised over £4000 for the charity Help for Heroes. We are so chuffed we raised this incredible amount for them! (Our target was £2000). A big thanks goes to everyone who helped us students make the night so amazing and successful!
I know this post wasn't as fashion-y as previous ones, but, this event was definitely worth documenting on here. I am so very proud of myself and my fellow students for planning and running such an amazing charity ball.
Hopefully I will get myself back on track with my fashion posts in the coming weeks!