A fabulous night for all
THE RESIDENT’S 18th Anniversary party and auction was hailed by all as a resounding success.
With 180 people in attendance and a complete party atmosphere in the beautifully decorated restaurant at the Hotel Garbe, arrivals were welcomed by Catherine Harman, the well known piper who lives in Guia.
Sheena Rawcliffe and Tony Purbrook were particular touched when the staff of The Resident sent a Rolls Royce to drive them to the event in style.
Sheena Rawcliffe, Managing Director of The Resident, welcomed everyone to the party, encouraging them to enjoy the fun and dig deep in their pockets to raise funds for The Resident’s charity of the year – Lar de Crianças Bom Samaritano.
There was a very special welcome to Celia Edwards, the British Consul, and her husband Gregory and to Peggy (Margaret) Brown and her husband Tom. Sheena told the assembled company that Peggy had written for The Resident for nearly 18 years non-stop “and no matter what life threw at Peggy she has never failed to
produce her copy on time”.
Inês Lopes, Editor of The Resident presented Peggy with a bouquet of flowers.
Sheena then made mention of the loyal advertisers that are seen week upon week in The Resident. “Here we are in 2007, fully grown up but having maintained the editorial integrity and advertising returns that we have promised our readers and advertisers alike.”
Marc Electrónica and Importeco both commenced marketing campaigns in the very first edition of The Resident on November 9, 1989 and have remained constant advertisers over the past 18 years.
Marc Wentink and Theo ter Haar were presented with commemorative plaques and bottles of 18 year old port as thanks for their loyalty.
Mike Almond, Publishing Director of The Resident, said that the evening was a great way for advertisers and readers to meet and mingle in what was a truly great party atmosphere. “Special mention must be made of Eloise, who organised the decoration of the restaurant, Inês for the organisation of the entertainment and Donna and Stephen who welcomed people,
sold raffle tickets and ensured that they supported Sheena before and during the event. This was my first opportunity to see for myself how well respected The Resident is, and how well its staff can organise an event!”
The excellent buffet style meal provided by the chefs at The Hotel Garbe, overseen by Paulo, was enhanced by the beautiful guitar playing of Eudoro Grade. At the end of the meal each table received a bottle of port generously donated by The Royal British Club and Coraze, the printers of The Resident.
Those attending the party were treated to great music from two of the greatest bands in the Algarve – The Saraband Duo and Beto Kalulú. Special thanks go to Simon Perry for his organisation of the sound systems for all the entertainers.
And what of the auction? Well there were over 50 lots to auction and it is with delight that we can report that they were all sold.
The total raised for the auction items was €6,681, with a further €765 swelling
the funds from the raffle of two British Airways tickets, making a total raised on the evening of €7,446.
The fund is still open, so if you would like to make a donation for the benefit of the young people at Lar de Crianças Bom Samaritano then please contact Stephen on 916 783 246.
We will report in our first edition in January 2008 the exact amount raised and how the much needed funds will be used.
Many readers will have seen the beautiful painting (pictured below) by four local amateur artists, which was painted especially for The Resident’s auction. At the auction the painting raised €150 – plus €210 worth of donations from those interested in being part of the painting.
You may like to know a little more about the artists involved.
Helena Brockman was born in 1943 in Basel, Switzerland and already as a child loved to paint and draw. With her Swedish husband of 40 years, she has travelled the world and spent most of her life in different countries. The couple discovered a love for Portugal five years ago. Now retired, they live in Carvoeiro and enjoy life painting, reading and teaching Portuguese for beginners.
Jan Telfer has lived in Carvoeiro since 1989 and took up painting while her husband created his own designs in the garden. Since his death, Jan has become more involved with painting and enjoys watercolours and acrylics.
Harry Hopley was born in Manchester. His chosen career was in engineering. He has lived in the Algarve for 20 years in and around the Portimão area, changing his profession, he worked in tourism and property and retired in 2000. He decided to take up painting after retiring and works in water colours, acrylics and oils. Visit his website www.harryhopleyart.com
The success of the Auction would not have been possible without the generous donations from:
Adventure Days Lagos
Barringtons Vale do Lobo
Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar
Carvoeiro Clube de Tenis
Christian’s Restaurant, Lagos
Dr Johan Witte
England Rugby Squad 2007
Extreme Sports Lagos
Flamingo de Bronze
Four Amateur Artists
Hotel Cascais Miragem
John Wood, Salgados Golf
Lyndsey Hanson Bowen Technique
Magna Carta Bookshop
Miller & Schultz
Parque da Floresta
Patricia’s at Monte de Cima
Shoes & Cards 4 U
South West Charters
Vila Sol Spa
Vivenda Miranda Romantik Hotels
Winkworth/Vila Vita Parc
Yorkshire Linen Company
Zonda the BBQ Shop
Message from The British Ambassador
THE AMBASSADOR Alex Ellis, expresses his best wishes on the occasion of The Resident’s 18th anniversary. He hopes to have the opportunity of calling on The Resident when he next visits the Algarve.
Message from Byorn A. Schoyen
MY WIFE and I wish The Resident and its staff a happy birthday. We actually share birthdays on November 9th but I am a bit more advanced in age! Since day one, we are continuing to read The Resident, following up on the Algarve after 30 years as resident. Keep up the good reporting.
Byorn A. Schoyen
Message from the Civil Governor
BY CELEBRATING on November 9 the 18th anniversary of The Resident newspaper of which you are the very dignified and dedicated director, I present my most profuse congratulations for this special day and wish that you continue accumulating the successes that were reached in almost two decades.
With my best wishes,
The Civil Governor, Isilda Gomes
Keith of Alpenina VIP Limousines, the owner of the Rolls Royce used to transport Sheena and Tony to the party, can be contacted on 918 594 223. They have various chauffeur driven cars available for weddings, parties and many other special occasions. VIP cars for celebrities and dignitaries are also available.
Photos of the 18th birthday party are available from www.portugalimages.net
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