Golden ball raises £20,000 for hospitality charity

Date: 08/12/2010

A stylish golden ball held in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel on Thursday evening has raised around £20,000 for a Scottish hospitality charity.

Around 300 guests, from across the hospitality industry came together to raise money for the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland and meet likeminded professionals.

They enjoyed a specially prepared menu by the hotel's executive chef James Murphy with desert provided by Gleneagles hotel. The entertainment came from Jim McMail and The Fraternity, who performed a set of classic Vegas songs and modern swing music. DJ Bobby Coates then played the guests into the night.

All money raised from the event support the HIT Scotland Scholarship programme. This year, HIT Scotland is looking to award around 100 scholarships to students and talented people at all levels in the industry at their Emerging Talent conference in February.

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 Event Committee, said, “The evening was a huge success. By braving the wintery conditions the guests showed how much passion Scotland has for hospitality industry.”

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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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