2007 Sportsmans Dinner raise over £12,000

Inverclyde businessmen raised more than £12,000 for Inverclyde patients and their families in one fantastic night fundraising. Tables for Senit’s second sportsman’s dinner were snapped up even before the date was announced.

Local staff from two international banks joined home grown success stories including Sleamuir Coaches, the Hawthorne Boyle Partnership, REL, the Spinnaker Hotel’s Morton Supporters Club and others at the gala event. Inverclyde chief executive John Mundell was there, along with guests of honour, GP Dr Michael Mutch, who has looked after Senit Foundation chairman Gerry Deeney during his battles with cancer.

After-dinner speakers, comedian Gerry McDade and football ref and lawyer Kenny Clark, had the gentlemen in the palms of their hands. And auctioneer Brian Clements of McTear’s had them digging deep in their pockets for donated lots ranging from a bottle of House of Commons whisky from MP David Cairns to six nights bed and breakfast in Naples from the Senit Foundation’s Italian connection, Inverclyde Royal consultant Paul Ames.

The biggest single bid at the Tontine Hotel bash was for a day for four in the director’s box at Celtic Park, donated by Danny Dixon of the Co-op Bank.  Bidding closed at £1,500 – at which point Mr Dixon offered a second identical prize if the second bidder matched the sum, resulting in a total of £3,000.

Gerry said “It was absolutely tremendous.  Local businessmen have given their support from the very start. Special mention must go to Joe and Veronica Nelis at the Tontine who have been nothing short of phenomenal.”

Senit Foundation treasurer Stewart McCartney added “It was a fantastic night.  A large number of businesses have dug deep into their pockets to support a very worthwhile cause”.

The total raised currently stands at £12,000.

Gerry said “The money will go directly on patient and families’ needs.  We will respond to requests, be it for £50 or £500, to ease the burden for Inverclyde patients and their families.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made the effort to come along and join in. We would like to say a special thank you to our speakers who, once again, were fantastic on the night.”

Gerry McDade

Gerry, who was a huge success at the 2005 dinner, is a regular Performer on the central Scotland comedy circuit including many stints at The Stand and Jongleur.

We were delighted he accepted our invitation to join us again for the 2007 event and once again were delighted with the response.

Kenny Clark – A Scottish Football referee

Being a football referee to me means butterflies in the stomach as I wait for kick-off, edged with excitement at participating in football at a level far higher than I could ever have reached as a player, matches to remember and some I try to forget and something new in every game.

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