Chairman of Watford Borough Council George Derbyshire raised about £660 for his two charities by hosting an Evening at the Opera on Sunday.
With larger scale events, such as this, guests are asked to make a contribution. The chairman and his 50 guests paid for their tickets, which included a welcome drink, a pre-show meal and seeing the La Traviata opera itself at Watford Colosseum.
Councillor Derbyshire said: “I am grateful for the support given by all those who attended the Evening at the Opera. As well as an opportunity for me to raise funds for my charities, it was an occasion the show the Colosseum at its best as an outstanding music venue of which Watford can be justly proud.”
Every year the Chairman is allowed to hold a Reception, and it is their choice as to the format, with a contribution from Watford Borough Council. The event is fundraising, but it is also the Chairman thanking those who have assisted him. Councillor Derbyshire also took the opportunity to promote the Colosseum and Watford.
Cash from the event will be distributed between Herts Inclusive Theatre (HIT), which is based in Watford’s Holywell Community Centre, and the Watford branch of Arthritis Research UK. About £300 was raised from ticket sales to the Evening at the Opera, and a further £360 came from a raffle held during the first interval.
The total amount Councillor Derbyshire has raised for his two charities will be announced in June, when his annual term as Chairman comes to an end.