REALLY? YOU HAVEN’T BOOKED YET?
Fears are growing that large numbers of journalists could miss out on a crucial event because of inconsiderate moves by colleagues to plan ahead.
More than 200 tickets have already been booked for the 2015 Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards, leaving just 80 for those who have not yet responded to the invitation.
Organisers now believe many will lose out altogether as the ball heads for a sell-out less than two weeks after tickets going on sale.
An unnamed spokesperson for the late-comers said: “Some of our colleagues have acted abysmally, by being well organised and booking tickets when they went on sale, forcing the rest of us to think of making arrangements months before the event takes place.”
For those worried about missing the Press Ball, a special hotline has been set up. Call John Ross at 01463 724593 or 07730099617 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
LOCAL MEDIA TICKETS FOR LOCAL MEDIA CASH
In a historic vow, the Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards has been promised additional powers to make it an even more equal and inclusive event.
The organisers will now have even more control over food, drink and dancing at the annual media bash. There is also good news for first time buyers as, despite now having the authority to either raise or lower ticket prices, charges will remain frozen for at least another year.
The announcement was made as it was revealed priority for tickets will be given to media personnel working in the Highlands and Islands, although colleagues from other parts are most welcome.
The new powers will be in place for the Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards 2015, to be held at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness, on Friday, 6 February.
Almost 300 of the region’s journalists, public relations managers and their guests will be in attendance for this annual gathering, the only event to bring together the industry in such numbers.
As usual tickets - priced £25 for journalists and £35 for corporate guests - will be allocated on a first come first served basis and only after payment has been received (post-dated cheques are accepted).
To ensure the Press Ball is maintained as primarily a media occasion, only journalists and PR managers based in or regularly working in the Highlands and Islands may book tickets. Any non-media corporate table must primarily be made up of PR managers and partners and must contain at least one regional journalist, and preferably more.
The ticket price will include a complimentary drink on arrival, three-course meal and a ceilidh featuring our resident band The Black Isle Peas.
We will also be having our usual fundraising activities in support of four local charities. For detail of this year’s chosen charities, along with other information about the ball, please visit our website www.pressball.info
It would be much appreciated if you could contact us if you have prizes you would like to donate to help our fundraising.
The Drumossie has offered a special B&B rate of £40 per person sharing a twin/double room or £70 for sole occupancy of a twin/double room. This will also operate for the ‘shoulder’ nights of 5 and 7 February.
Guests are reminded they are responsible for reserving their own rooms. The hotel can be contacted at 01463 236451/ 0844 879 9017 or www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/new-drumossie-hotel/
To attend the Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards, or to find out more about the event, please contact John Ross at email@example.com or 01463 724593.
For enquiries specific to the Highlands and Islands Media Awards, please contact Gordon Fyfe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to seeing you there
Chairman, Highlands and Islands Press Ball
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