The Rainbow House Las Vegas Ball held at the Guild Hall, Preston on 19th November
raised £50,000 for the conductive education charity based in Mawdesley, Lancashire.
After enjoying a welcome drink on arrival, 300 guests sat down to a three course dinner
followed by live entertainment from Dance with Passion and the fabulous “Elvis Presley”
alias Steve Halliday.
Auction prizes included a shooting package on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors; four
tickets to the IAAF World Para athletic Championships 2017; fine dining for 10 at Farington
Lodge; a day at the Northcote Cookery School; an Executive Box for 10 at Preston North
End; a 10 day holiday at a villa in Cyprus; two tickets for the 2017 Open Championships at
Royal Birkdale and artwork by Clare Wright; whilst one lucky lady, Joanne McCallum from
Bretherton won a pair of diamond earrings donated by HSBC for the Diamond Draw.
Prizes in an interactive silent auction, where guests could bid on iPads on the tables,
included an iPad, Tefal Actifry, Fitbit, Children’s electric car, Children’s electric jeep, BMX
bike, Prada sunglasses, hamper and signed book from Hilary Devey, signed Everton football,
signed David Spikey book, Russell Watson goody bag, signed Phil Collins tour programme,
signed Mary Berry recipe book , two VIP hospitality tickets at Preston North End, Preston
North End season ticket, one night stay for 2 at Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, four tickets for
Great Expectations at Blackpool Opera house and a signed Twiggy ladies top.
There was also a raffle with over 70 prizes from snuggle blankets and hampers to spa days,
wine and chocolates.
During the evening Rainbow House launched their new DVD which captured the work they
do and the benefits to the both those who take part in the conductive education
programme and their families. The DVD was made by Sam Budd with music by permission
of Francis Rockcliffe.
The event was supported by C2V+ and Ward and Burke. Darren Hynes, Operations Director
of C2V+ said “As a growing business, it is important that we take the time to support
charitable organisations and give something back to the local community. To fit with our
North West based sites, we were looking for a charity which is local to the region which we
could partner for the next year.
I visited Rainbow House earlier this year and there was a beautiful young girl walking
towards me independently for the first time. As a father I was so emotional and moved at
the really good work this charity delivers on a daily basis to those in need.
Partnering Rainbow House means we can give back to the local community and get all our
sites involved in events and fundraising and provide much needed support to a fantastic
organisation. So far we have supported the Rainbow Ramble, taken part in Total Warrior,
worked on the grounds at the charity, held team building days whilst refreshing their
gardens, along with supporting the Las Vegas Ball with one our partners, Ward and Burke.
We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Rainbow House.”
Carole Cochrane, Chief Executive, Rainbow House, said “Our thanks go to C2V+ and Ward & Burke
for their fantastic support and to the Event Committee, entertainers and everyone who has donated
prizes and their time to make the evening so successful but especially to all the guests for helping
raise such a fantastic amount.”
Photography by Gareth Edwards Photography Tel: 07729771432
firstname.lastname@example.org who donated their services for the night to the charity.