A great time was had by all at Preston Masonic Hall’s Charity Ball sponsored by the Preston Group in support of the West Lancashire Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) 2021 Festival. The event, having been organised by Simon Wright, greatly assisted by his wife Karen, naturally led to him acting as the director of ceremonies for the evening.
The group chairman Steve Bolton and his wife Carol, welcomed the 110 guests in attendance that was supported by Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Winder with his wife Sue and Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Mike Threlfall and his wife Janice.
The evening was further enhanced by the presence of the President of the MCF 2021 Festival, the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and his wife Maureen. Well, recognising their hectic Masonic schedule, it was a pleasure to have their support for this event.
The evening commenced with an enjoyable 4 course dinner, excellently prepared by hall chef Alistair and his team. With first class music to suit all tastes, it was a time to enjoy a glass of wine, catch up with old friends and dance the night away courtesy of the live swing band ‘Sixteen Men Swinging’.
Of course, the main reason for the evening, other than to have a fantastic time, was to raise funds for the MCF 2021 Festival.
During the evening, a TV donated by ‘Driver Hire of Preston’ was raffled, raising £430.00. The lucky winner who carried of the prize was Ron Docherty, a member of the Lodge of Endeavour No 7036.
This was followed by an auction for a signed Manchester United Football that had been donated by David Winder. Manchester United aficionado, Steve Bolton, quickly beat everyone into silence with a bid of £210. Possibly the presence of wives and partners may have inhibited a few hands going up!
An anonymous donation of £200 and the sales of tickets raised the final total to the princely sum of £1,400 that was forwarded to the Festival.
At the conclusion of the evening, Steve thanked everyone for their support and generosity in helping to swell the group’s donations to the Festival.