STOKE CITY brought the curtain down on their 150th anniversary celebrations in fine style on Wednesday evening by raising almost £25,000 at the Chairman’s Annual Charity Ball.
The proceeds of the glittering winter wonderland themed event, which was attended by Mark Hughes and his backroom team along with skipper Ryan Shawcross, will go directly into the Stoke City Community Fund to help support a wide-range of local community-based projects.
Around 250 people packed into the Waddington Suite at the Britannia Stadium to enjoy the grand occasion, which kicked off with a champagne reception before the Chairman took to the stage himself to make a welcome speech.
Hosts John Acres and Steve Buxton then both laid down the itinerary for the evening, before a luscious four-course silver service dinner was served.
Three specially produced videos were shown throughout the course of the evening, highlighting the Club’s continued presence out in the community, as well as showing some of the most iconic moments throughout our 150-year existence.
Also on display was a time capsule containing items commemorating the Club’s anniversary year.
During his introduction speech, the Chairman once again vowed to match the amount of money that was raised throughout the evening – taking the final tally to in excess of £24,000.
The live auction, which included signed boots and gloves from a plethora of current first team stars, raised a significant amount, whilst a silent auction containing a signed Gordon Banks World Cup save print, a signed Usain Bolt framed running shoe and a case of champagne, raised further funds.
There was also entertainment from a live jazz band, before a disco helped to conclude an evening that Chairman Peter Coates hailed as another roaring success.
“This Charity Ball has become one of the most eagerly-anticipated evening’s in our events calendar, and once again I am absolutely delighted to have seen such a significant amount of money being raised for what I know will be very worthwhile causes.
“We have enjoyed some fine food tonight, watched some very moving video footage from our 150-year history, and seen the incredible amount of work that we, as a Club, carry out within our local community.”