When Hope Became Glory

Putting the Fun into Fundraising

I have always been very proud to be part of the GM Fundraising team and not only did this year’s Gala Dinner proved to be highly entertaining under the banner of Back 2 Black, but more importantly it helped raise a glorious £37,289 pounds for Hope House Children’s Hospice.

The event that was held on 28th April 2012 at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham, was attended by over 240 guests and generated one of the largest totals ever for the GM Fundraising Gala Dinner, up over 30% on the last one. In addition to the dinner, there was Olympic themed entertainment throughout the show and a charity auction.

There were a number of prizes donated and auction winners included Gareth Mobley from Solidor who won a British Cycling signed jersey and a signed Lionel Messi shirt won by Leon Day of Universal Arches.  The media advertising package generated the considerable interest and thanks goes to the industry for their long-term support and David Leng of Synseal for the winning bid. Finally, a painting by the children of Hope House provided for a more emotive auction item.

Getting down on the tables

The Gala Dinner was also used to announce the charity’s latest cycling adventure, Hope 66, in which 12 cyclists will tackle the iconic Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, Los Angeles in just 12 days.  In September 2013 the riders and support crew will tackle the 2,500 mile challenge, which is already at the final planning stages with riders and support crew already confirmed. There still remain a few sponsorship opportunities.

Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising commented: “It never fails to amaze me how charitable the guests are and this has to go down as one of the best gala dinners yet. We’ve now raised over £850,000 and want to reach our £1million pound target by the end of 2013 and with the wonderful support of the industry and the GMF team, I believe we’ll do it.”

To keep up to date with the activities of GM Fundraising follow us on Twitter @gmfundraising and help build the following. Or if you wish to be a sponsor of Hope 66, then contact Gary Morton on gary@mighton.co.uk or alan@profix.biz

Alan Sadler

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Alan Sadler born June 24th 1964 in Birmingham, England married with 3 children and now living in Staffordshire. Managing Director of The Profix Group incorporating Profix Ltd, Fabstore Ltd and Trinity Construction Partnership Ltd he trained as a Carpenter after leaving school. Following his apprenticeship he created a labour agency at the age of 22 called Sadler Design Installation. This was in the early years of the PVCu window industry boom and it was not long until he was providing skilled craftsmen to window manufacturing companies and Local Authorities for their commercial contracts. Due to many commercial contracts awarded and due to the large quantities of product the company was buying it was a natural progression to start their own manufacturing business to supply the Private Sector. Profix have a long history of success in the commercial market for the installation of windows, doors, conservatories and other associated products including Composite doors as our customer base will bear testament. The Profix Group also supply other window and door manufactures including installers with products and components through our online business portal Fabstore which has been marketing and trading online since 2003. “My outlook on life is simple, love your family, work hard, have fun and try to help others less fortunate than yourself, I do a bit of charity work which usually means punishing myself in some sport related scheme and trust me I am no sportsman ! I have had much success (and a few failures) in my working life and hopefully by sharing some of my life experiences will help generations of budding entrepreneurs to follow.” Alan Sadler
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