Almost 200 Aldershot Town supporters and sponsors enjoyed a brilliant 2017 Summer Party at the Princes Hall on Friday, and raised valuable funds for the Club in the process.
Guests including Jake Gallagher and Callum Reynolds were entertained by close-up magician Stephen Simmons, belly dance duo K&M, comedian James Alderson and four-piece band The Cobbles, who once again headlined the event and kept the dancefloor packed well beyond midnight.
A delicious three-course dinner, served by Clark Caterers, was followed by a game of Heads and Tails, which saw one lucky guest win a piece of jewellery worth over £500 courtesy of club sponsors Goldstation.
Auction items included an away day with Gary Waddock’s first-team squad to a 2017-18 National League fixture; a signed, matchworn Jake Gallagher home shirt; a customized five-metre wall-paper installation donated by Reade Signs and won by Hi-Speed Couriers; a VIP golf package including four-ball at Sand Martins Golf Club and tickets to the BMW PGA Championships at Wentworth, donated by Barons BMW & MINI Farnborough, also won by Hi-Speed Couriers; and a Spa Day at Champneys Forest Mere, donated by Champneys and won by Reade Signs.
The auction also featured 18ct white gold diamond studs, donated by Goldstation; VIP hospitality tickets to the British Touring Car Championships at Silverstone, donated by R Collard; and a chance to be a member of The Shots’ 2017-18 first-team squad, including a personal squad number, place in the official team photo, and training session, which was won by Hi-Speed Couriers.
Amongst others, raffles prizes were generously donated by the Hog’s Back Hotel, Reflexology of Farnham, Indulgence Hair & Beauty, Spedeworth Motorsports, the Duke of York pub, and Cineworld Aldershot.
“My thanks go to everybody who made the night such a success,” said Commercial Manager Mark Butler. “It was a fantastic evening. I hope everybody who attended had lots of fun, because that is the main aim of the event, but it is also a great fundraiser for the Club, and I particularly thank all individuals and companies who supported us so generously.
“The Princes Hall was again the perfect venue, and we are grateful for their excellent hospitality. We hope to confirm details of next year’s event as soon as possible – I know people are looking forward to it already!”