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May 19 2014

Mayoress Ball On Saturday Was A Success

Last Saturday’s (May 10th) Mayoress Ball at Cumberland Hotel in Harrow was a full house. Among the local dignitaries who supported Mayoress Awula Serwah’s Ball were the Deputy Lieutenant, Borough Commander, Alderman, Councillors, and former Mayors.

In addition to Mayors from other parts of London, in accordance with the wishes of Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante to open up her Mayoralty to the community, the audience was diverse in ethnicity, faith, and professions, ranging from volunteers to business people.

£1000 pounds was raised through raffle and auction, with prizes offered by Hilton Hotel Wembley, BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress, and local businesses including Cumberland Hotel, Nando’s restaurant and Marco Aldany salon. Barclays Bank Harrow Team is matching funds raised on the night, to be split among the Mayor’s charities.

“I am grateful to all who attended the Ball, and pleased that they had a lovely time,” enthused the Mayoress, “and we raised over £2,000 for Flash Musicals and Harrow Community Choir.”

In line with the Mayor and Mayoress’ support of African History Season, and the Xtra History sessions which takes place fortnightly in the Mayor’s Parlour, each table was assigned a name and background information of a country in Africa or the African Diaspora. Countries included Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Congo and South Africa. History consultant Kwaku opened the evening with a quiz based around global African history.

After the meal provided by King Solomon Catering, the Mayoress, who’s a Ghanaian-born barrister, opened the dancefloor with a tune by Ghanaian King of highlife music ET Mensah. DJ Marky J provided a wide range of music, from waltz and foxtrot, to pop and disco. His session ended with Cameo’s line dancing classic ‘Candy Dance’, which had the dancefloor buzzing.

“It was a very successful evening. I enjoyed it very much,” said Zounie Fallil, a member of the Mayoress Committee, who organised last November’s Mayoress Ball.

“We had such a wonderful time at the Mayoress Ball. It was also nice to recognise others from last year,” added charity worker Catherine Miller-Baldwin. “Planning, organisation and atmosphere were second to none. Many thanks for a wonderful evening.”

Due to the good feedback received, a follow up Ball is planned for late August. A video of the 2014 Ball is posted at http://youtu.be/g8Kuj23mwlM.

HMB14 Audience 1 by Kwaku HMB14 Audience inc Mayoress Committee members and Barclays Harrow Team by Kwaku HMB14 in Harrow Alderman and Deputy Lieutenant by Kwaku HMB14 line dancers inc Harrow Deputy Mayor Camilla Bath far right by Kwaku HMB14 LtoR Harrow Mayoress Awula Serwah and Deputy Mayor Cllr Camilla Bath HMB14 LtoR Hillingdon Mayor Cllr Alan Kauffman with Mayoress Lyne Kauffman Mayoress Awula Serwah centre by Kwaku HMB14 Mayor Nana Asante with mayoral guests at Ghana table table by Kwaku HMB14 revellers group by KwakuThe Harrow Mayor’s Social/Fundraiser takes place on June 7, 7-10.30pm. The free event at Harrow Civic Centre, which serves as a fundraiser for the Mayor’s charities, will exclusively feature British black music in marking British Black Music Month 2014.

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