Glasgow Hospitality Fundraiser Strictly a Success

Date: 30/12/2011

Guests at a strictly come Christmas themed charity fundraiser for Scotland's hospitality industry raised £16,000 on Thursday (1st December) night.

The Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland Christmas party took place in the ballroom of Glasgow's Grand Central Hotel.

Over 220 guests attended the glamorous black tie evening which included a four course meal and music by floor filling band Gangsters of Groove. BBC Presenter, Rob Matheson was master of ceremonies for the evening and a charity auction took place.

HIT Scotland Xmas Party Committee 2011

All money raised throughout the event will go towards HIT Scotland's emerging talent scholarship programme to raise aspirations and develop talent within the industry.

Previous scholars have gone behind the scenes of Michelin-starred kitchens, been awarded places at Ivy League Cornell University and at Europe's top hospitality school. Other placements include the Disney Institute in Florida and six-star resorts in Dubai.

Stephen Murphy, chair of the organising committee and Brakes Fresh Ideas, said "The evening was a great success. It was great to see so many people coming out to enjoy the company of fellow hospitality professionals ahead of the Christmas rush."

As well as the Grand Central Hotel, the 2011 Christmas party was supported by Gleneagles Hotel, Bibendum the wine merchant, McGhee’s Family Bakers, City of Glasgow College, Black Bottle Whisky, Blue Parrot linen, Marvelus Audio/Visual, I AM Jewellery, John Watson Printers, Santander Foundation and Flawless Images.

HIT Scotland raises money through events like the Christmas Dinner and through the support of big names in the industry including I am Clothing Solutions, Highland Spring, Robert Wiseman Dairies,, Enterprise Rent a Car, Phillips and Brakes Fresh Ideas.

HIT Scotland's next event, their annual Emerging Talent Conference, will take place in the Glasgow Science Centre. The event will include speakers and workshops to inspire and the announcement of HIT Scotland's 2012 scholars.

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The Hospitality Industry Trust, known as HIT Scotland, is a Scotland based charity, which raises funds to support and encourage excellence in the hospitality industry.

Through practical support, which includes bursaries, scholarships and industry events, HIT Scotland helps those training to enter the industry and those already within. The overall objective is to help all to their full potential and further enhance and maintain the excellent skillbase within Scotland

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