Summer ball cash bonanza

The cheque from the summer marquee ball was presented to James Knowles, fundraising chair of Banchory Sports Village Trust
The cheque from the summer marquee ball was presented to James Knowles, fundraising chair of Banchory Sports Village Trust

This year’s Summer Marquee Ball has been hailed as the best yet.

Billed as Deeside’s top social gathering, the event raised £37,500 towards the Banchory Sports Village.

They have all pulled out the stops in a year we expected a downturn due to the economy, but we have had the opposite effect

Logan Sangster Summer Marquee Ball

The small committee who organise the ball at the Raemoir Hotel handed over a cheque to delighted representatives of the sports project trust this week.

One of the marquee ball organisers, Logan Sangster, told the Piper: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local business community, individuals and the Banchory Sports Village team.

“They have all pulled out the stops in a year we expected a downturn due to the economy, but we have had the opposite effect.

“The ball features a grand raffle, fine auction and marquee games as well as a summer marquee ball programme, co-ordinated by Arlene McFarlane, and it sold out of adverts this year - a huge success.”

James Knowles, fundraising chair of Banchory Sports Village Trust, said; “What an absolutely fantastic result from the Marquee Ball, held in June at the Raemoir Hotel.

“The total of £37,500 received from the event was certainly above our expectations and is a superb effort by all involved.

“Our total in the bank for the Banchory Sports Village Fund is now close to £650,000 all of which has been raised by the community towards our target of £700,000.

“This means we have so far achieved 90% of our target and this moves us very much to the home straight so our message is - let’s get together and raise the balance.”

Items in the auction included fine artworks, golf at some of Scotland’s top courses, and a silver bangle created by renowned former Banchory silversmith Malcolm Appleby, who has supported the marquee ball since it began.

There was also a villa in France for a week, donated by a local family, and fishing on the Dee and Feugh were also popular purchases.

The ball will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year and over the years has raised £400,000 for local charities.

Mr Sangster added: “The committee would like to thank the local community for their continued support as, in the present economic climate, they have rallied round and lent their support very generously, in the form of cash donations, sponsorship and item for the grand raffle, and fine auction.”