126 people turned out in support of the first ever Solihull Together Magic Charity Ball, held at Solihull Ramada on Friday 16th July. The event raised nearly six thousand pounds for local charities and voluntary groups that provide essential support to the people of Solihull.
Guests enjoyed a champagne reception and a delicious 3 course dinner in the Courtyard Suite, followed by a stunning performance from Solihull-based close-up magician Ben Hanlin. Everyone was amazed by his superb showmanship and just could not fathom how during one trick he appeared to swallow nails and then pull them out of his mouth again one by one!
Thanks to the many tremendous prizes donated by local businesses, both the auction and raffle excited much interest, raising £1400. The star raffle prize was a Samsung Flat Screen TV which was donated by Gemma Smith of Blue Dog Electric Company. Auction prizes included a signed Birmingham City Football Shirt and a wheelbarrow filled with wine.
Local resident Sheila Stansbie commented: “I thought it was an excellent evening. Well organised, good food and great entertainment”.
The evening was generously hosted by Ramada, led by general manager Andy Cole, as part of their on-going contribution to the Solihull Together campaign.
Solihull Together is a charity set up in 2009 to support local charities and voluntary groups in the borough, badly hit by the recession. Last year’s fundraising events, including the Solihull Together Walk, saw £10k raised – a target it aims to double during 2010.
To be added to the mailing list for notification of next year’s charity ball, or make contributions to Solihull Together please contact SUSTAiN on 0121 711 3148.