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An Evening at The Villa raises over £9k

An Evening at The Villa (Scalabrini) in Shenley was a sell out massive success last Saturday night.


After cocktails and pre dinner drinks a 4 course  menu consisting of Smoked Salmon with chopped shallot and caper dressing, followed by Spinanach and ricotta ravioli with creamed walnut sauce, followed by Veal chop with a rosemary and white wine sauce, roast potatoes and peperonata finished by a fruit tartelt with ice cream and accompanied by nice wines - all this for just £35.

After the meal there was dancing to the early hours to a magnificent 7 piece band. Even the breaks from the band were filled by some wonderful voices from different age groups of our community guaranteeing the dance floor was full!

The purpose of the evening was twofold - to ensure everybody attending had a great good value time with friends and family and secondly to raise funds for the new Dementia unit at Villa Scalabrini and to help improve the social facilities offered by the barn including future projects such as installing disabled toilets, upgrading the general toilet areas, improving the acoustics, and enhancing the external lighting and general parking areas.

The food, music and atmosphere guaranteed the first target was met. But at just £35 per head was it possible to raise any significant amount of funding?

Incredibly just over £9,000 was raised from the event! A fitting return for all the effort put into the event by the volunteer organisers,the very kind donations of food, drink and services and the financial support of those who attended the event as well as those who were unable to attend but who still contributed to the success of this vitally important resource. 

Have a look at the video on Backhillonline to get a glimpse of life at Villa Scalabrini for those in need of care and also for details on how you can support VS. And don't forget that the facilities at the Barn at VS are available to hire by friends of Villa Scalabrini for that special celebration - perhaps a big birthday party, a special anniversary or celebrating a baptism or first communion?

Peter Ciccone

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