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An Inspirational Event

Back in November I had the pleasure of dressing a fabulous event on behalf of Moray Business Women. Moray Business Women are a group of women working or in their own business in Moray. And they are all about “women supporting women”. Each year they choose a charity to support through fundraising, raffles at their monthly events and, finally their annual charity awards ball. This year the charity was Lucy’s Fight. A charity formed by Lucy Lintott, a young local lady diagnosed with Motor Nerone Disease at the age of 19 and now devoting her time to raising £100,000 for MND Scotland through a host of challenges on her bucket list. The ball also celebrates the Moray Business Women year, celebrates women through three awards and of course celebrates the charity with one final push to raise funds with a fabulous “money can’t buy” style auction and more great raffles generously donated.

Now I love a red carpet event. Especially one which holds a special place in my own hearty and calendar. It’s a chance to push
the  boat out, choose a theme which sings, and then pop on your glad rags and enjoy the fruits of your labour “in good company”. Did you see what I did there 😉

Charity Awards Ball Decor

The venue this year was the Mosset Tavern in Forres. Just perfect for our 100 (ish) strong guest list. Nice sociable sized tables. A space for drinks reception and those glamour photos – Helen Crowley Photography encouraged the ladies to strike a pose. Well, we ladies love to put on a posh frock for a big do. And then enough space for the all important partying. The theme? A gorgeous rich navy topped with lovely shades of fuchsia and hot pinks. Chosen to represent the combined colours of MND Scotland and Lucy’s Fight. Hot pink lighting by D Events of Aberdeen brought the entire room to life.

It was an excitable team who showed to dress the room on the morning of the ball. Thanks to the Moray Business Women’s committee who also showed to lend a hand. Many hands make light work – and a lot of laughs. What a team!

The night itself was a huge success. First the awards themselves, celebrating Morays business women. I was thril
led to be awarded Moray Business Woman of the Year – having just celebrated our ten years in business it was a complete honour to be rewarded so generously. Jacqui Cruickshank of The Ditsy Teacup (my own favourite vintage style caterer) took the award of   Most Enterprising Business. And finally it was a very well deserved and hard working Shelley Waters who was awarded MBW’s Member of Achievement.

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That was followed by first class delicious and beautifully presentedfood served by The Mosset. We heard from Lucy herself who gave us an extremely moving account of her fight with Motor Neurone Disease. An inspirational young lady determined to make every moment count and leave a lasting legacy whilst raising
awareness about Motor Neurone Disease. I think every person in that room was moved by her story and there were few dry eyes in the house.

The auction itself had some great ‘lots’ with contributions from Chivas Brothers Strathisla Distillery, Lindsay Roberston Photography, Dogrobes, Inverness City Suites, Angie MacKenzie GlobalBiz (Forever) to name just a few.

Then it was time to crank up the music and party to The Scenix. And fill that dance floor they certainly did!

The Ball raised over £6000 on the night, with the total raised across the year reaching £9000. Today we learnt that Lucy has this week reached her total target of £100,000. We are always proud to be part of any event but this one makes us extra proud to do what we do.

And that’s what we love about working with Moray Business Women. You are always In Good Company

Special Thanks to Lindsay Roberston Photography for our dressed room and table shots

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