Butlers in the Buff –collaborative event with Networking with a Heart

Butlers in the Buff

In June we joined forces with the ladies networking group Networking with a Heart to create and deliver an event to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action. Networking with a Heart had already decided that they wanted to put on a Butlers in the Buff networking event. The aim of the event was twofold, firstly, to be a productive networking event for ladies in business and secondly, to be fun and entertaining and to raise money for the charity.

We set about putting our thinking caps on. The event took place in the Cheshire Suite of the Wilmslow on Pinewood Hotel. Tickets were offered for sale and over 60 ladies attended with just one thing on their mind ..networking of course! The ladies were greeted by a bevy of butlers who were waiting for them with trays of champagne. Mini cupcakes bearing the Networking with a Heart logo and hearts on them had been kindly made and donated by Janine of JanCara cakes and were circulated during the evening.

The butlers had all very kindly volunteered they were not professionals but you couldn’t tell. We had arranged for each butler to be sponsored and they sported their sponsors’ logo on their aprons. Local business also kindly supported the event by taking a stall space and guests had the opportunity to purchase gorgeous clothes, jewellery, cakes, and wine and beauty products from amongst others Temple Spa. The Ann Summers shop Stockport also attended the event.

A raffle was held with some gorgeous prizes won that had been donated by the stall holders and there were also a few games played to raise some extra money. Guests also had to opportunity to have their photographs taken with all of the butlers for a fee and this really helped to raise a significant amount of money.

There was of course a serious side to the event and guests heard a very moving speech from a gentleman who had sadly lost his wife to Ovarian Cancer and some advice about early warning signs of the disease was given. There was also a business card draw where 2 guests had the opportunity to present their businesses for 60 seconds.

All the ladies seemed to really enjoy the night so much so that many didn’t want to leave. A number of guests commented that they had made some great business connections whilst at the same time having such a fun time. Importantly the event raised £1000 for Ovarian Cancer Action so all in all it was a great success. Watch this space for Butlers in the Buff 2 later this year!

Networking with a Heart really appreciated us collaborating with them, click here to see their feedback.

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