A TRULY fantastic fundraising ‘Summer Spectacular’ was held by Farnham Lions on Saturday to celebrates its 50th anniversary and the centennial of Lions International.
Generous Churt supporters Robert and Tanya Lewis hosted the glittering occasion and invited the 690 guests to view their private motor museum featuring choice examples of some of the world’s most famous marques, before a USA-style dinner was served in two circus-themed marquees in the grounds.
Entertainments on the big outdoor stage included sets by Urban Blue, and cabaret routines to celebrate the party’s jazz era theme, by West End performers Charlotte Gooch, Alan Burkitt, Lucy-Jane Adcock and Matthew Goodgame.
The main highlight of the night, however, was mounted by members of the Army’s Tigers Freefall Parachute Team, who made a theatrical synchronised descent with flares attached to their ankles.
Not to be outdone, Flashpoint Fireworks also ensured the evening ended on a high, by lighting the skies in a dramatic sequence set to music.
Surrey deputy lieutenant baroness Virginia Bottomley thanked Farnham Lions for a wonderful night in aid of four deserving youth-orientated charities, 40 degrees, Challengers, The Ridgeway School and Frensham Pond Sailability.
Thanks also went to the event’s main sponsors chartered accountants Wise & Co, Riverprint, Farnham Herald, Lions International, Jigsaw, Farnham Estates and Andrew Lodge Estate Agents.
On the night, an impressive £18,550 was raised at the after-dinner main auction to swell funds, with donated lots including being helicoptered from Churt to a gourmet lunch and back.
“The Farnham club numbers around 50 members,” branch president Andrew Lodge said. “They range in age from low 30s to very experienced and in length of service from just months to over 40 years. This mix of age and experience with enthusiasm and determination is what makes our club so strong.”