Blantyre Oscars 2017 – Winners

As Blantyre Oscars weekend comes to a close and many people nurse a monumental hangover today (myself included), I’m proud and honoured to announce last night’s winners.

THE RESULTS

Over 6,500 people took part in our online voting in the very first Blantyre Oscars event and here are YOUR 2017 winners, entirely chosen by YOU!

Category: Music & Entertainment
Sponsored by: Redburn Farm
Nominees: Rosco McLelland, Emma Grace Conway, Mya McDade
Winner: MYA MCDADE!

Category: Youth Organisations
Sponsored by: Blantyre Project
Nominees: Terminal One, Hyper Cyber, Blantyre Soccer Academy
Winners: BLANTYRE SOCCER ACADEMY

Category: Environmental Pride
Sponsored by: Family Shopper
Nominees: John Dunsmore, Blantyre Community Woodland, Friends of the Calder
Winners: JOHN DUNSMORE

Category: Inspirational Individuals
Sponsored by: Merchant Services Broker
Nominees: Ciarha McKay, John Paul Doyle, Mason Bruce
Winner: MASON BRUCE

Category: Heroism & Kindness
Sponsored by: Paula Veverka Photography
Nominees: Gail Gillon, Dougie Stevenson, James Alexander
Winner: GAIL GILLON

Well done to all our fantastic winners, which was throughly deserved. A HUGE well done to all the 10 runners up, who each collected a certificate and medal.

THE RAFFLE

Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who donated a raffle prize. We had an astonishing raffle, notably with 4 smartwarches won, a £350 holiday won by the Hutton Family and a new Apple Ipad, won by a young lady from Terminal One!

THE BUFFET

It’s with sincere thanks to Carrigans staff for their assistance especially those working behind the scenes to prepare the incredible buffet. We catered for all 170 people at the venue, and even with people having seconds, it was just perfect!

FUNDRAISING

We managed to raise a truly amazing amount of money, to be announced this evening shortly by separate article.

THANK YOU

There are SO many people to thank. As well as the above sponsors, I want to say thanks to Candelina Yankee Store, Gavin Watson Printers and Molly’s Mops for sponsoring further tables. A huge thanks to Gavin Watson for making the banners and to Gail Gillon for supplying the beautiful balloons. Thank you Redburn for supplying some props. Carrigans themselves MUST be mentioned for making the venue look so stunning providing candelabra and seat covers for such a professional look. People were simply awestruck coming into the room.

I personally would like to say thanks to Michael McGlynn and Susan Lindner Kelly for taking up positions at the door at the start to guide people to seats. Thank you to the DJ for his services and technical assistance. With thanks also to The Naked Feedback, Councillor Mo Razzaq, Margaret Ferrier MP, and Claire Haughey MSP for presenting some of the awards and raffle prizes, which was somewhat sprung upon some of them! Thanks to Fiona Brown for providing 170 complimentary drinks upon arrival. Thank you immensely to Karen Scott, our amazing photographer whose photos will appear here soon. Finally, a thank you to Arlene Green, Rose Lee and Holly Rouse for going round and selling so many raffle tickets.

WHAT NOW?

The evening was a TREMENDOUS success! Everybody looks to have enjoyed themselves thoroughly, especially the dancing after 10pm! Loads of posts, pictures and videos all over social media. It went without any hitch or hiccup and we truly did have a massive celebration of everything good about Blantyre.

SO…..I’m pleased to announce this evening, following this success, BLANTYRE OSACRS WILL RETURN, now to be an annual event!!
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Blantyre Oscars 2018 will be held on Saturday 24th March 2018 at the same venue. Voting and tickets will commence in February 2018!

I’ve LOADS of professional photographs coming later this week, but for now, here’s some attached I took last night……

All Set and Ready!

img_1788There’s only 3 days left to go until the inaugural exciting new annual charity event, Blantyre Oscars!

Blantyre Telegraph will host the glitzy red carpet event at the amazing new Carrigans Function suite this Saturday evening, 25th March. The sell out awards show saw 162 people scramble for tickets, which promises to be fun for all the family.

Guests, lucky enough to have tickets will be made to feel most special with a real red carpet and live dancers as entertainment upon arrival as they pick up a complimentary drink. After taking their seats they’ll sit back and enjoy the awards ceremony which will see 15 incredible Blantyre people and organisations receive recognition for their incredible achievements this last year or so, courtesy of some very generous sponsors.

A 5 star raffle is promised, with many wonderful prizes including champers, smartwatches and if a holiday worth £350 is not enough, there’s a top prize worth even more still to be revealed!

A luxury buffet will be served up at the interval, before a night of excellent music and a licensed dance until 1am. It’s shaping up to be a top class event and what’s more it’s going to be raising money for TWO very important local causes.

The purpose of the evening IS to celebrate the accomplishments and talent we have in Blantyre. The winners YOU chose in our February poll, will be rewarded with these quality Oscars (pictured).  However, there’s an added bonus for this event. 50% of monies raised from the raffle will go to MacMillan Cancer Research and 50% will go to Blantyre Community Committee towards the Summer Gala event!

Blantyre Oscars begins at 7pm for 7.15pm. The event will be covered on social media throughout the evening. More information can be found at http://www.blantyreoscars.com

3 weeks to go!

There’s just 3 weeks from today until Blantyre Oscars 2017.

img_1788We’re busy, busy in the background putting on some amazing final touches to make the event as great as it possibly can be. Our incredible Oscars Trophies have arrived courtesy of Blantyre Telegraph and the 5 lucky Oscars winners will need to be strong to carry them! Heavy, quality trophies deserving of the winners. We think they look the part!

Stay tuned at the news page at http://www.blantyreoscars.com for more snippets of info, for answers to any questions you may have about the event and all the latest news!

Voting closed on 28th February, the results are in, and under strict lock down until being announced at the event on Saturday 25th March 2017.

Voting now closed!

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Well, voting has now closed! The votes are being counted for all 15 nominees and the results will be closely guarded in strict secrecy for revealing at the Blantyre Oscars evening on Saturday 25th March 2017!

Thanks to over 7,000 people who voted. We can’t wait to share the results in due course.

Props and Banners

blantyre-oscars-2017-finalA massive thanks to Gavin Watson Printers of Glasgow Road, and especially to Director Tom Brown for organising Popup Banners to decorate the Oscars Event. All the final touches are going on in the background, with certificates and medals for the runners up now organised, and of course trophies for the winners.

I’m hoping to secure a red carpet for the entrance!  Stay tuned!

There is just 8 days left to vote.