Showcasing the best of local talent at sell-out event
The Travers Foundation Showcase evening took place at the Corby Cube earlier this month – and raised more than £4k for the charity.
The Gretton-based Travers Foundation helps 13 to 30-year-olds living in Northamptonshire, Rutland or Leicestershire improve their skills in sports, the creative arts and the performing arts.
The black tie dinner and showcase event featured some of the talented youngsters the charity has assisted – including the Corby Core Actors and Dancers, plus well-known local vocalists Vicki-Louise Sherwin, Charlie Botting, Kara Hamer and Meg Lyons.
Two local filmmakers showed their productions – Kayleigh O’Connor with her short film EQ: A Film About Emotional Intelligence, and Rockingham’s Alan Pell with his Ladies Of The Red Club.
This annual event, now in its second year, sold out within two days of tickets going on sale. It was hosted by local opera impresario Martin McEvoy, who is a trustee of the charity.
Neil Bray, the branch manager of Corby’s Santander branch, and his team got involved by organising a silent raffle, which took place on the evening, and by prominently displaying information about the charity in the bank. Neil’s father is Russ ‘Voice of Darts’ Bray, who kindly donated a signed dartboard and photographs sold as part of the silent auction. Also auctioned were two rugby balls signed by the Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers teams.
Terry Forsey of the Travers Foundation said: “The second annual Travers Foundation Showcase was a huge success. We raised more than £4,250 and every penny will be spent supporting talented youngsters improve their skills in sports, the creative and performing arts.
“The charity is entirely staffed by volunteers and we all work really hard in various aspects of fundraising, working with the young people and their families and in PR and marketing.
“I thank everybody who made this evening the resounding success it was, especially Neil and his team at Santander, Tina Clark from Lloyds Bank, Andrew Zazzi from Barclays Wealth, as well as our loyal team of helpers including Jo Lister who designed the programme and the marvellous decor, assisted by Susan Forsey, our official photographer Caz Tangles and Martin McEvoy who directed, devised and was master of ceremonies for the entire evening.”
For further information on the work of the Travers Foundation, visit: travers-foundation.org.uk
Pictured top – ON SONG: Kara Harmer performed both Cilla Black’s ‘You’re My World’ and ‘On My Own’ from Les Miserables. Photo courtesy of Chameleon Photographics of Corby.
Pictured above right – QUIET SUPPORT: Santander helped promote the event and held a silent auction. From left are Santander Corby branch manager Neil Deaville-Bray, Travers Foundation chairman Terry Forsey, Natalie Farmer (Santander Corby branch) and Martin McEvoy – Travers Foundation trustee. The dinner and showcase event featured some of the talented youngsters the charity has assisted.