USUAL MEDIA SPECULATION
Speculation is growing that the annual Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards is to return in 2015 after an expected year-long absence.
In the aftermath of another highly successful event on Friday, 7 February, rumours have been circulating that a comeback is being mooted.
A spokesman said: “It is all just media talk at the moment. The Press Ball has been held every year for the last 26 years so people are putting two and two together and have been saying it will be held again next year when there is no evidence to back up that claim.”
The 2014 event was attended by more than 260 media professionals, politicians and heads of public and private sector organisations.
More than £3,000 was raised on the night from various charity fundraising events and will be divided among –
Scottish Mountain Rescue
The spokesman added: “This year’s event was a great success. We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended and the sponsors who supported our fundraising activities.”
Principal sponsor Diageo provided pre-dinner Ryder Cup-themed cocktails at the ball and joined with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Fujitsu in sponsoring the Highlands and Islands Media Awards.
BT Scotland once again sponsored the band, the Black Isle Peas, and Chivas funded a light show that saw the front of the ball venue, the Drumossie Hotel, lit up in the colours of the HIPBMA logo.
Lucid PR, Events and Marketing, which has now run the event for three successive years, sponsored the Press Ball website and a team of volunteers on the night.
Thanks also to Gordon Fyfe, of Highland Council, the chairman of the awards judging panel, and Lesley Gallagher and Gillian Frampton, of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, who administered the awards.
PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW
For the first time this year, a team of helpers assisted with the fundraising efforts at the Press Ball. Sponsored by Lucid PR, the girls were recruited by Lara Gilchrist, PR Executive with Lucid, and sported specially-designed t-shirts with the HIPBMA logo.
They were on hand to staff the tombola and casino and assisted with the auction and raffle events.
The line-up is, from left to right, Jemma Clark, Lara Gilchrist, Emma Louise, Mairi Campbell, Rachael Allan, Eleisha Findlay and Rachael Bews.
THE DRINKS WERE ON DIAGEO
A popular feature at the 2014 ball was a Ryder Cup-themed cocktail bar, provided by Diageo, the event’s principal sponsor.
During the pre-ball reception, guests were offered cocktails featuring Diageo’s premium brand Johnnie Walker, official partner of The 2014 Ryder Cup.
The 1921 cocktail celebrates the year the first Transatlantic golf match was played at Gleneagles, laying the foundation for the creation of the Ryder Cup in 1927, while the American Dormy Mule reflects the USA team colours.
The mobile bar was set up by professional bar tending service Barnomadics who offered other cocktails on request, including Eastern Eagle Martini, Latin Links Mai Tai and African Albatross Roy.
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