WHAT’S ON: Russell Watson stars in charity ball at Dunkenhalgh
The Salford-born tenor will join the BBC voice coach Zoe Tyler, an array of “Strictly Come Dancing” professionals, the Army Military Wives and swing singer Paul Guard at a glittering ball in aid of the Prince’s Trust.
The Butterfly Ball takes place on Saturday, March 9th, at The Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa, in Rishton, and will feature a diamond raffle – with one lucky guest taking home a pair of diamond earrings worth more than £1,000.
On arrival, 300 guests will enjoy a champagne reception while being serenaded by Paul Guard.
A three-course meal will follow before guests dance into the night to music from the Military Wives and Russell Watson.
Attendees can also bid for unique lots in a special charity auction, including a five star luxury holiday to Dubai, 2013 “X Factor” final tickets and the opportunity to be coached by the “Strictly Come Dancing” professionals on the night.
VIP guest Russell Watson, who has performed at the Royal Variety Show and the Commonwealth Games, said: “I can’t wait to perform; the people of Lancashire are always so welcoming.
“The Prince’s Trust is a fantastic charity. Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training and the trust has helped so many of these young adults build successful futures.
“I hope the Butterfly Ball can raise as much as possible, so it can continue with such great work.”
The Butterfly Ball is the brainchild of award-winning entrepreneur Suzana Edwards, the chairwoman of the event, who commented: “I was first introduced to the Trust a few years ago and I was so touched by some of the success stories that I felt compelled to do my bit.
“This is the most ambitious event the Prince’s Trust has ever staged in Lancashire. It will bring people together from across the county in support for the tremendous work the charity does, and in doing so guests will enjoy a non-stop evening of entertainment of the highest calibre.
“We are indebted to the long list of the event’s key sponsors and as chairwoman I am proud that so many local businesses have pledged their support.”
n The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for young people. It offers practical and financial support to young people between the ages of 14 to 30 who have struggled through childhood or who are long-term unemployed.
Organisers are hoping to raise around £30,000 for the charity. Tickets, including the champagne reception, three-course evening meal and a host of entertainment and butterfly goody bags are £75 each or £900 for a table of 12.
The tickets are already selling fast and you can secure yours by calling the sales office on 01772 821021 or email [email protected].