Many of the 600 plus attendees ‘bought’ the fun money used to play at the roulette and black jack tables. Those taking part then try to end the evening with the most money, with the winner taking the prize of a £125 Virgin Experience voucher.
Steph Hayle, Community & Wellbeing Officer at the University of York, won the prize and said: “The awards were brilliant and the casino afterwards was great fun – not just as part of the after-awards activities, but as a way for iprovision to raise funds for our industry charity. I’m really looking forward to choosing which of the 108 Virgin Experiences to enjoy.”
All the money raised goes to iprovision, which for over 50 years has been supporting PR professionals and their families who hit hard times due to illness, disability, unemployment or bereavement.
Treasurer and trustee David Sanders, who organised the fundraiser, added: “The continued success of the fun casino is down to the unbelievable generosity of everyone who attends the Excellence Awards along with the great support we received from CIPR past-Presidents and other volunteers who worked the room selling the fun money. It once again provided a healthy return against the costs we incurred in providing the casino.”
Photo of winner Steph Hayle receiving her prize from iprovision’s David Sanders