On Saturday 9th October the Mayor of Knutsford welcomed over 100 guests to his Charity Ball at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa. The evening was a fantastic success and a combination of sponsorship, tickets sales, prize balloons, silent auction, and raffle ticket sales has raised over £3,000 for the Mayor’s local charities: The Knutsford and District Branch of The Royal British Legion and the Knutsford Branch of The St Vincent De Paul Society.
Guests were welcomed by the RAF Air Cadet band playing on their arrival, before a red carpet entrance where they were greeted by The Mayor and his consort, Mr Simon Hutchence.
Local business owner, Tessa Carrol provided the photography for the evening and DJ Steve Lewis from ICE Entertainment made sure everyone had a great time on the dancefloor. Guests were also entertained by the fantastic Funtime Frankies band who gave everyone the opportunity to dance , which for some, was the first time back on the dancefloor in a long time.
Prize vouchers were found hidden in balloons, each one containing a voucher for a fabulous prize donated by local businesses and residents including gifts from Evuna, The Bears Paw, AutoDen Knutsford, Roberta Beauty, Curzon Cinema, Cranford Café, Pizza Express Knutsford, Diamond Nails, Fryers Roses, Kanoa Living, Sandra Gardiner, PR Jones Jewellers and Hal Whittaker. The sound of balloons popping filled the reception space and started the party atmosphere.
The Raffle proved popular and prizes included donations from The Mere, Elite Health, Gusto Knutsford, Sarah Jane King Photography, Woods Butchers, Courtyard Coffee House, Tree Tops Holistics and Beauty, Cheshire House, Olivia Hunter, and Mid Cheshire Rail Partnership.
A game of Heads or Tails in between courses made for a fun 5 minutes of fundraising with the winning guest winning a voucher from White Orchid Floral Boutique.
The Live and Silent Auctions raised a great amount of money and there was a bidding war between guest to win prizes donated by King and Allen, Cheshire Quality, Pulse of Perfumery, The Lambing Shed, Lloyd Hall Bespoke Tailors, Andrew Collier Photography and Wendy Diddams Optometrist.
Tables were decorated by Knutsford Bloom and were sponsored by Apus Peak, Packaging Automation Ltd, Pete the Pilot, Sheldons Dairy, Cheshire Quality and Elite Health who each gave incredible support.
Michelle Bate, Civic Events Officer said: “The ball has been a great fundraising success raising an impressive £3,000 after what has been a tremendously difficult year for many. We couldn’t have achieved this without the support of all the local shops, restaurants and businesses who have so generously supported and donated products and vouchers for the event. Thank you to all who attended on the night for helping to make the evening fantastic!”