|Michael Bryan-Harris. Photo: Joe Murtagh|
The evening kicked off with talented young musician Michael Bryan-Harris (DMF Foundation recipient) who played in the foyer to welcome our guests and get things off to a great musical start. Michael declared the setting ‘Brilliant!’ – and he didn’t lie!
The guests really entered into the spirit of the evening and arrived looking stunning in all their finery – they were greeted by Chairman Pam Braakenburg with a menu of the delights to come, a free raffle ticket, and a delicious glass of chilled Kir Royale.
Pam says: “It was a wonderful event in a perfect setting. Everyone worked extremely hard but it is all made worthwhile by the fact that it helps to make all performances at the Dart Music Festival ‘Free to all’…”
|Guests enjoying the band. Photo: Joe Murtagh|
We received many heart-warming comments throughout the evening – which reassured us that all the months of planning, organisation and hard work had indeed been worthwhile. They include:
|Electric Swing Circus Photo: Joe Murtagh|
The superb selection of wines available from the bar was kindly donated by wine merchants Concha Y Toro, and the guests also enjoyed the prestigious DMF Auction with a quartet of very special lots. These were generously donated by Michael and Jane Madigan, Ray Barton, The Dart Marina Hotel, and Captain Jerry Kyd from the Britannia Royal Naval College, and local fish merchant Mark Lobb also kindly donated a side of smoked salmon for the free raffle.
|The brilliant DMF Auction with Jake Moores.. Photo: Joe Murtagh|
The DMF Team would like to thank all the people who were kind enough to make donations to this event, and also Chris and Andy on sound, official DMF photographer Joe Murtagh for his superb photographs, Jake Moores for his auctioneering skills, Janet Hall for being such a glamorous ‘hat-check girl’, Serin Aubrey for his foodie expertise and Phil Braakenburg for his magnificent kitchen skills, Sally and Edward’s family for helping us run up and downstairs with the coats – and in fact anyone who helped to make the evening such an amazing success, including of course all our wonderfully supportive guests.
STOP PRESS: There will be more photos from this event in due course – watch this space…