College Fine Dining
We held dinners on two consecutive nights with just over 100 supporters attending overall.
Thanks to your generosity, we raised a total of £226.
As you know, the money we raise goes towards supporting Youth and Development rugby across the South West.
Bearing in mind where we have just enjoyed two great meals, it is appropriate that our latest grant of £1600 has gone to the Exeter College Chiefs Under 18's Academy. The EC Academy have been selected for the second year by the RFU to represent England Schools and Colleges at the prestigious ‘Sanix World Youth Invitational U18 Rugby Tournament’ hosted by the Japan Rugby Union and sponsored by Sanix in Japan in April/May 2019. We have contributed £1000 towards video camera equipment for use on the trip and afterwards to help the Academy. We have also given £600 towards their hardship fund that supports players, picked to go, but who could not afford it without our help. So - thank you.
We hopthose who attended enjoyed the dinners, and if you did, don't forget to spread the word about the activities of the Exeter Chiefs Supporters Club.
Annual Dinner 2018
This year’s Annual Dinner was held on Wednesday 28 March at Sandy Park, and what a wonderful evening it was – with top international referee, Nigel Owens, as guest speaker.
Over 250 guests were treated to complimentary pre-dinner drinks, an excellent 3-course meal and dancing to Danny’s Disco – all brilliantly compered by Exeter Chiefs’ Communications Manager, Mark Stevens.
At the start of the Dinner, all guests stood for a renditionof the
Tomahawk Chop in memory of Colin Baker, a very active member
and loyal Chiefs supporter, who died recently.
The evening continued with an energetic game of ‘heads and tails’ in aid of Borne, a charity researching pre-term birth. Former Exeter Chiefs' Captain, Dean Mumm is embarking on a trek to the North Pole to raise money for this charity which is close to his family's heart, after they lost their daughter Sophie and son Henry, in 2012 and 2014 respectively, from issues arising from pre-term birth. Thanks to the generosity of supporter and guests, £1025 was raised.
A raffle raised £820 and guests generously bid a total of £1705 for a variety of auction items including a signed England training top from Henry Slade and a pair of signed boots from Jack Nowell. Mark Stevens did a great job as auctioneer, even getting a prospective bidder to ‘model’ one of the shirts – how could his table not buy the shirt after that!
After Dinner Awards
In the Annual Awards, The John Lockyer Cup, awarded to the Club Character of the Year, was presented to Dave Fisher by John Lockyer.
The President's Prize, for service to Exeter Rugby Club went Steve Byrne, and The John Roach Memorial Trophy, for service to Exeter Chiefs Supporters' Club went to Rosie Bates-Ching. Unfortunately, neither Steve nor Rosie were able to attend and they will be presented with their awards at a later date.
Then came the peak of the evening’s entertainment –
Nigel Owens – his wit, rugby anecdotes and singing are legendary.
Laughs galore. Truly excellent. I can say no more.
It was great to see so many with the stamina to then take to the floor dancing until the early hours.
Apart from the ‘heads and tails’, all the profits from the event are shared between ECSC and the Exeter Youth Section. On this occasion, the ECSC has also donated its share of the profits to the Exeter Youth Section.
Many thanks to Cheryl McCauley who did a wonderful job in organising such a great evening.