LISA’S 30th Birthday Bash took place in the Kerrydale Suite on Saturday. It was the party before the party and around £15,000 was raised – a magnificent amount.
Net proceeds of the event will be shared equally between Celtic FC Foundation and Lisa’s £30k charity challenge for Marie Curie.
Sponsored by Jed Smith, in memory of his wife Eileen, the evening kicked off with a complimentary drink courtesy of Matthew Clark and a welcome from host Gerry McCulloch.
Next up was the birthday Ghirl Lisa, fiancée of Celtic star Kris Commons, who committed to raising a phenomenal total of £30,000 for Marie Curie in Glasgow, during her 30th birthday year.
Marie Curie offer expert care, guidance and support to people living with any terminal illness. This is provided via the hospice in Glasgow, and also through around-the-clock care in people’s homes from a host of Marie Curie nurses.
Lisa was both ecstatic and emotional as, following a further donation from sponsor Jed Smith, she confirmed she had just reached her £30,000 target.
There followed a few words of thanks from Celtic FC Foundation Chief Executive, Tony Hamilton who outlined some of the work around Health, Equality, Learning and Poverty undertaken by the Foundation in our local communities.
He encouraged supporters heading to the Party in Paradise to buy a Ronny Roar charity badge and wear it with pride. To rapturous applause, Tony signed off with a presentation to a very special supporter of Celtic FC Foundation, Gerry Byrne.
After a bite to eat, guests were treated to a group hypnosis session, led by Alan Rorrison. The hilarious set saw Lisa, Suzie McGuire plus Dian and Barry Ward hypnotised.
There was a magical, heart-warming atmosphere throughout the evening and DJ Lawrence Freeman ensured the dance floor was bursting at the seams and guests displayed just how the Celtic Family can party! First up strutting their stuff were the birthday Ghirl and special guest, wee Jay Beatty.
A number of companies and individuals provided complimentary or discounted services in respect of the event and we are exceptionally grateful to them – Host Gerry McCulloch, OSAV for all sound and lighting, DJ Lawrence Freeman and hypnotist Alan Rorrison, Susan Bakes for the cup cakes and The Little Blue Cake for Lisa’s birthday cake, The Scottish Events Company for balloons and Reflexblue for event design.
In addition, a host of wonderful prizes were donated for both the auction and raffle and special thanks go to Celtic Football Club, the SECC, Princess Angel Star, Dave Corbet of DF Concerts, Radio Clyde, 29 Glasgow, Dian Ward Hair and Beauty, the Ellen Kane Trust, Gleneagles and Renfrew Golf Club.
Tony Hamilton, CEO of Celtic FC Foundation, said: “Saturday night exemplified what we are all about here.
“My sincere thanks go to everyone who came along on the night and supported us and to the many individuals and organisations who provided services.
“It was great fun and I am sure there are many more nights to be had like this in the coming year.”
Thank you so much for your wonderful support! Please don’t ever underestimate the difference you have made.