The HIT POETS Lunch sold out again, as it has done for the past two years, at the Radisson BLU Hotel Glasgow. Over 460 guests were in attendance at this year's event. The date of Friday the 13th is usually enough to make anyone cautious, especially holding a large industry event on that day. Not so, the intrepid HIT Scotland POETS lunch committee who hosted another fantastic fundraiser in the face of spooks and ghouls!
Over £40,000 was raised throughout the day, which was an increase on the previous year by £7000. The Dance troop, Macchiato Entertainment, got this year's event off with a scare with their own mash-up of Glee's version of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', choreographed by Murray Grant, Director of MGA Academy of Performing Arts, and this set the tone for even more thrills and spills.
Tam Cowan was the irrepressible MC and he wowed the audience with his usual commentary on current affairs. Tam was followed by Karen Dunbar who sang her way onto the stage and proceeded to entertain with her own brand of Glasgow humour.
David Cochrane, Chief Executive of HIT Scotland added “The event was a huge success with the Radisson at full capacity. The outgoing Chair of the event, Russell Davidson – MD of Davidson Asset Management, pulled out all the stops at every stage and this was evident by the energy in the room at all times. To raise such a significant sum is a real achievement and we are all very grateful for Russell and the committee’s efforts”
Davidson will be succeeded by Craig Haddow, a current committee member. The proceeds of the event will go toward providing even more emerging talent scholarships for the industry and bursary scholarships for education. Over 1000 scholarships have been awarded since the programme commenced.
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