Over 200 guests donned their sequins, platforms boots, guitars for the most rocking night of The Murray Parish Trust year – the 2023 Odd Ball! The theme, if you hadn’t guessed it already, was glam rock and everyone certainly dressed to impress with their own individual take on the dress code (lead of course, by our fabulous founders, Sarah Parish and Jim Murray).
We raised over £36,000 on the night itself, all with the help of some very special people – here’s how the night went…
Our opening act was performed by the ever wonderful Parkewood School of Dance and the Hampshire Japanese Taiko drummers, who entertained our guests with rhythmic delights as they entered the Hilton at The Ageas Bowl, which had been given an incredible glam rock makeover – for one night only!
Hosts Sarah Parish & Jim Murray declared The Odd Ball open with a toast, followed by a game of ‘Heads & Tails’, lead by the fabulous Angela Griffin.
Throughout the evening meal (the ‘main’ event as we called it) guests were able to place bids on various lots in the Silent Auction, as well as purchasing raffle tickets to win a 7-night cruise of their choice, courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Another evening highlight followed, as Bunny the Knife Thrower chose an unsuspecting victim from the audience to test their nerve, as she hurled sharp objects within inches of their extremities! A big shout out has to go to Darren Cooper from our sponsor Peter Cooper Motor Group, who bravely took on this terrifying challenge.
Sarah & Jim said a few words on the The Murray Parish Trust and why they had decided to launch the charity all those years ago, as well as speaking about some of the projects we’re currently supporting, such as Stepping Stones, in collaboration with Hampshire Cultural Trust, which aims to use art and creativity to support the mental health of vulnerable young people in the region.
Shortly afterwards the Live Auction got underway with our auctioneer George Burnand’s highly entertaining chant as he hosted the bidding across the ballroom for some incredible lots.
Finally, we saw the hilarious Britain’s Got Talent duo, Stavros Flatley take to the stage! They got everyone on their feet and ready to party the night away to a playlist full of rock anthems and top hits – the perfect end to an amazing evening!
A HUGE THANK YOU!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the guests, sponsors, supporters, suppliers & everyone who helped make the Odd Ball 2023 such an incredible success! In particular we’d like to thank our sponsors for the event, Peter Cooper Motor Group, Cavendish & DR. VEGAN, who helped us bring the event to life.
Huge thanks also goes to:
The Production Lighting & Audio teams: Peachy Productions, Solent University & Tony Robson. All staff from the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl. Superstars auction and our Auctioneer George Burnand. Our fabulous Floor Managers: Tori Caine & Katie Pike. Our set and props suppliers: Berkshire Dance Floor Hire, Transform Venue Ltd, Tony Hand, Andy Cliff, Nadine Collinson, Caroline Fairbairn & Alresford Builders Merchants.
Our fabulous entertainment: Parkewood School of Dance, Taiko Drummers, Cordelectra, Bunny – Knife Throwing Cabaret, Stavros Flatley & DJ Ed Bassett
All of our amazing volunteers
Our wonderful photographer: Kate Hunter
And thank you to our special guests: Angela Griffin, Charlie Condou, Owain Arthur & Jenni Falconer