Cornerstone raised more than £31,000 at its 13th annual dinner, which took place at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel in Aberdeen last Thursday 21 April 2016.
Since the first event in 2004, the Cornerstone Annual Dinner has become a firm fixture in the North-East social calendar. The popular black tie event has raised a fantastic sum of money each year, which has helped to transform the lives of many people with disabilities in the local community.
This year’s event was very kindly sponsored by BP and CNR international, with all proceeds going directly towards the development of Cornerstone Connects.
Around 200 people attended the dinner and enjoyed a fundraising auction, as well as entertainment by Ciara Harvie (18), a self-taught classical-crossover soprano from East Lothian who is at the beginning of a very promising singing career. The youngster has previously featured in Edinburgh’s Got Talent and is preparing to perform at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
Local singer Paul Black and the topical musical comedy duo, Vic Rodrick and Annie Gunner Logan, who specialise in political parody, also performed.
Guests from Aberdeen's business community were welcomed by Cornerstone Chief Executive Edel Harris.
She said: “The Cornerstone Annual Dinner was, once again, a great success. Thanks to our very generous guests, we have raised a remarkable amount of money.
“I'd like to say a special thank you to our sponsors, BP and CNR International – because of their generosity, every penny raised will go directly towards making a real difference to the lives of the people we support.
“We would also like to wholeheartedly thank the team at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel for hosting our dinner and helping to ensure the evening was a great success.”