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Thousands raised at charity ball

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A charity night filled with glitz and glamour helped to raise thousands of pounds for three local charities.

Nearly 300 generous guests put on their glad rags to attend the annual Mayor’s ball and civic awards, sponsored by Lapal House Care Home.

Nearly £4,000 was raised during the evening for three worthy causes, chosen by the Mayor of Dudley – Headway Black Country, The Hope Centre and The White House Cancer Support.

A picture of the Supreme Showgirls, who performed at the Mayor's ball and civic awards 2019

The Supreme Showgirls entertained audiences during the evening

The evening, which followed a Great Gatsby theme, included entertainment from trapeze act, Jewel Academy and dancing quartet, the Supreme Showgirls.  There was also a charity auction and raffle, games and casino tables.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation to the 2019 civic awards winners.

Alan Lunt, deputy chief executive at Dudley Council, said:

Thanks to all the guests who entered into the spirit of the evening and for their generosity, which helped to raise a staggering amount for three worthy charities. Every single penny raised counts and we are incredibly grateful.
I would also like to congratulate all of our civic award winners, they are truly a shining example of the silent stars in our borough who go above and beyond for the sake of others.”

Civic dignitaries, business leaders and sponsors were among the guests.

Winners of the civic awards 2019:

  • Discover U, a charity which provides work-related experience to adults with learning and physical disabilities in Wollaston, won the Mayor’s Pride of Dudley award after receiving the most votes from the public in an online poll. The runners up were Side By Side Theatre Company, which helps adults with learning disabilities take to the stage, The Giving Hands Mission which runs a day centre in Brierley Hill and Stourbridge Street Pastors which provides help and support to people in the town centre at night
  • The winner of the Duncan Edwards award for sport, sponsored by Excel 2000 Windows, was Carl Bottley who is manager and trainer of Netherton Colts, something he has done for 20 years
  • Former English middleweight boxing champion Darren McDermott won the runner-up award for his work getting people into the sport
  • Paul Greenaway, chairman of Cotwall End Nature Reserve, won the William Shenstone award for environment, sponsored by Jewson, for his work at the green space. The runner-up award went to Kaye Highway, who is a member of the Abbey Street Park Friends group
  • The winner of the Thomas Attwood award for education, sponsored by Lapal House care home, Gillian Withers who has been a school governor at Hurst Green Primary school and Leasowes High School for more than 30 years. Stanley Williams, who has been a supporter of Oldswinford Church of England Primary School for 30 years, won the runner-up award
  • The Mike Holder award for business, sponsored by SF Harrison Roofing, went to Wright Solicitors who mark 100 years in business this year. Halesowen-based Taylex Displays, won the runner-up prize after recently announcing a major expansion plan including moving to new premises
  • Arts Space, which runs arts courses and classes on the Cedric Hardwicke award for art, sponsored by GMB Union. The runner-up prize went to Margaret Davis who has been involved with Hurst Hill Pantomime Players for many years
  • The Frank Foley award for community spirit, sponsored by Copthorne Hotel, Brierley Hill, went to Scott Round who volunteers in his local community in Coseley by tidying gardens and delivering community newsletters. Michael Taylor, who has been a blood donor for 50 years won the runner-up prize

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