The Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Olwen Chadderton welcomed the borough’s finest businesses and organisations on Friday for her Civic and Charity Ball. Hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham, the event aimed to raise money for the mayor’s chosen charities whilst celebrating her first mayoral year.
A champagne reception greeted us upon arrival and we were given $20 in fake money to use at the casino set up at the back of the room. With the promise of the person with the most chips at the end of the session receiving a prize, we got stuck in. Some of us fell at the first hurdle but Training Manager, Shaun acquired a huge stack of chips on the Blackjack table… before losing it all on the roulette wheel! Never fear though, with the tombola in our sights we were feeling lucky. An array of prizes decorated one corner of the vast hall, surely we had to win something?! One by one we tried our luck until our Chief Executive, Craig won a bottle of wine!
With our luck restored, we were seated for the delicious three course meal, which was provided by The White Hart Inn. Business Editor of the Oldham Chronicle, Martyn Torr was our host for the evening, doing a fantastic job of keeping us entertained while encouraging everyone to give as generously as we could. After the meal, Martyn introduced the Mayor and announced that it was time for her speech.
Taking the stage, Councillor Olwen Chadderton took the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported her throughout the year. She expressed how grateful she was to have had the opportunity to represent Oldham in such a way, and that she was more in awe of the town’s resilience, ambition and achievements than ever.
The auction came after the speech and Martyn pulled in bids on items such as a Manchester United football shirt signed by Ashley Young, a signed Oldham Athletic Football Club shirt and four tickets for a day’s play at Lancashire County Cricket. Then came the raffle and the Mayor picked out winners of a fantastic selection of prizes – including the Sale Sharks rugby tickets we donated!
The evening’s entertainment consisted of The Big Shot Swing Orchestra featuring vocalist David James, followed by DJ Che. While the orchestra played swing classics, allowing guests to show off some impressive moves, DJ Che delighted us with a range of 70s and 80s classics by the likes of Abba.
As sponsors, we were thrilled to see our logo lit up on stage and in the programme of events given to every attendee. A special mention and thank you from Martyn Torr was also very much appreciated.
Towards the end of the evening, the Mayor announced that the amount raised from the night exceeded £3000. A fantastic amount for some very worthy causes!