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The Benjamin Gautrey Foundation 7th Annual Dinner
The Annual Dinner is the Foundations main fundraiser with a vision to support sport from grass root level, promoting sport that Benjamin was so passionate about.
‘Sounds of the City’ was the theme for this year’s event, inspired by the new location of Liverpool and the talented musicians’ that hail from the city. The dinner took place on Saturday 3rd February at the fabulous new venue; The Shankly Hotel which lent a fabulous backdrop for the occasion. The event was sold out and guests were once again welcomed by a great friend of the BGF – Claire Simmo from Liverpool’s Radio City.
Guests were seated at tables named after Liverpool artists from across the decades for a delicious three-course meal. Dinner was served to the accompaniment of charming vocalist Gabrielle Zanobini from In-Cahoots performing delightful melodies throughout dinner. A fun addition to the proceedings was Spencer the Artist, drawing fabulous caricatures if you were a willing muse, he created masterpieces for a small donation to the Foundation.
After dinner, videos were played from beneficiaries to showcase where funding has been disbursed; including Zappi cycling team, from sailing Sam Cooper, Amy Morris from ice-skating, the NRG street dancers, fencer Grace Michell and the Mini Gym Stars launched by the Foundation in 2017.
So on to the main event of the evening – the auction and the BGF had been fortunate to have been bestowed an array of auction prizes. These included the lots listed below and were kindly donated by the following persons or companies – a massive thank you to all.
Royal Ascot Summer Mile Racing Weekend • Donated by Keltbray
Woburn Golf Club Residential Weekend • Donated by Wentworth House
Kuota Kobalt 105 Bike • Donated by David Williams from DHW Agencies
Yaffe Photo Shoot & Wall Portrait • Donated by Yaffe Photography
Pair of BSB Season Paddock Passes • Donated by Stuart Higgs from MSVR
Radio City Tower Tour • Donated by Radio City
Liverpool Skyline Portrait • Donated by Clare Wright
Overnight Stay for 2 • Donated by The Shankly Hotel
Bespoke Cufflinks incorporating wire from Edinburgh Tram System • Donated by Gary Bromley
U23 Team GB Cycling Jersey from Tour of Britain • Donated by Adam Hartley
Premier Experience at Ron Haslam Race School • Donated by Daniel Drayton
As the night advanced in to the early hours, music and dancing was top of the agenda – guests happily danced away to their favourite hits old and new, courtesy of Essential Entertainment.
The BGF #25 would like to thank all that attended the event and to all individuals, companies and organisations who supported and helped create this successful evening.