The charity Manchester Pride announces new city centre venue and top entertainment as tables go on sale for its third annual spring fundraiser.
The Manchester Pride Spring Benefit will this year move to Manchester’s most impressive, historic buildings – The Midland Hotel.
The gala dinner will be hosted on Thursday 18 May and will once again bring together sponsors, business leaders, individual supporters, community champions and celebrities to raise money for The Manchester Pride Community Fund.
Entertainment for the Spring Benefit 2017 will come from the Liberty X Girls. The girls from the pop group, which had a string of Top 5 singles including Brit Award-winning ‘Just A Little’, announced just last week that they will tour as a trio as Michelle Heaton, Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young, and hit the road with Atomic Kitten, B*Witched and S Club 3.
The event will be hosted by television presenter Anthony Krank and also performing on the night will be a local favourite and Manchester-born singer Alexander Stewart and stand up, actor, aerialist, and living stereotype Aaron Twitchen.
Described as ‘out-Bubléing Bublé’ by The Times, Alexander who is well known both regionally and nationally has just released a new orchestral album which features a UK big band of the finest jazz musicians as well as the City Of Prague Philharmonic.
As well as featuring on BBC Radio 4, Aaron was listed in Metro’s top 5 RomComs and has provided tour support for Luisa Omielan. He has also been releasing his sketch series, DiscoBlonde, in weekly instalments, and in its first six weeks it has enjoyed upwards of eighteen thousand views.
Away from comedy, Aaron has supported bands at music festivals and is an accomplished stage actor and improviser. Unusually, he is also a trained circus act, concentrating particularly on aerial skills and trapeze work, which has allowed him to tour circus theatres throughout the country and teach young people.
Last year’s event, which was held at The Victoria Warehouse Hotel, welcomed Rebecca Ferguson, Lucy Spragan and local Pop and R&B recording artist Dean Mac to the stage.
In addition to the fabulous entertainment, guests will be invited to make their way down the red carpet to a sparkling drinks reception followed by a three-course meal at The Midland Hotel.
VIP guests will be chauffeur driven to the event in a range of bespoke Rolls-Royce vehicles and the brand will also provide auction prizes on the night.
Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive at Manchester Pride, said: “We’re excited to bring our annual fundraiser into the city centre for the first time this year and we have some excellent entertainment lined up to perform. The Liberty X ladies are terrific performers and our guests will be wowed by their new line-up.
“The event, which exists to raise money for the Manchester Pride Community Fund, is an integral part of our fundraising calendar and we look forward to inviting more and more of the business community to join us this May. Whilst an LGBT fundraiser, we don’t just welcome members of the LGBT business community, but also supporters and ambassadors who want to enjoy a really good night out and help us raise money at the same time.”
The Manchester Pride Spring Benefit exists to raise money for the Manchester Pride Community Fund. Integral to creating and sustaining a vibrant community, this fund provides crucial support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV charities and organisations in Greater Manchester.
There are a limited number of tickets available for the event and individual tickets can be purchased for £85, which includes a drinks reception, a four-course dinner and entertainment.
For group bookings, there are two table packages available including a premium table of ten which cost £800 and a Platinum package for £1500 which includes a VIP drinks reception, chauffeur service in a Rolls Royce to the event, and a professional red carpet photo opportunity.