AROUND 130 guests attended a glittering charity evening in aid of the Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association (CYCA) at the Best Western Diplomat Hotel last Saturday evening.

The evening was a fund raiser for the charity and the event was sponsored by Llanelli Online and Gestamp.

The evening began with a speech from CYCA’s CEO Tracy Pike who spoke about the value of the work the organisation is involved in within the wider community of Carmarthenshire. Tracy thanked her staff for their dedication and support and gave a special thanks to the ‘mentor mums’ who were also guests for the evening.

Tracy was awarded an MBE recently and during the evening she was presented with a bouquet of flowers in gratitude for her work. On the subject of flowers, the function room had been beautifully decorated by Clare’s Flowers of Llanelli. The tables and chairs had also been dressed in rainbow colours and it had all been done free of charge.

Guests were then shown a film made by local PR company Media Solutions 4 U. The film documented the work of the charity, which included emotional  testimonies from some of the service users.

Providing the entertainment for the evening was Radio Carmarthenshire’s Helen Enser Morgan who kept the audience entertained with some lovely songs as well as being the MC along with Reverend Eldon Phillips. Helen was followed on stage by the Simply Red tribute act, Red Mick who kept the guests on the dance floor throughout his set.

Male learner of the year: Jordan Evans

Female learner of the year:  Colette Ingram.

During a lull in the entertainment there was an auction and a raffle. A number of companies had provided prizes including  a make up hamper from Clodagh of Sample Beauty, a family of 4 ticket for a Guinness PRO14 home match donated by Parc Y Scarlets,  Two South Stand Scarlets Tickets for Scarlets v Cheetahs at Parc Y Scarlets donated by Castell Howell Foods,  Superprix of Wales Family of 4 Ticket donated by Mr. T. Matthews of Superprix Wales,  Glam Tanning Studio – 150 minutes plus cream and goggles donated by Laura Harries of Glam Tan,  Signed Scarlets Jersey in frame donated by Jonathan Smith Scarlets Supporters & Mathew Green,  4 Ball Complimentary Golf Day at Machynys Golf Club & Spa donated by Toppers Wales Ltd,  Canvas of Burry Port donated by Byron Williams, four original Western Mail posters of JPR Williams and Gerald Davies Limited Edition donated by Llanelli Online,  3 Month Half Page Advertising Voucher for Llanelli Online worth £500 donated by Llanelli Online, Signed Scarlets Jersey donated by Mr. T. Matthews of Superprix Wales,

Entertaining: Simply Red Tribute, Red Mick

Tracy Pike MBE and  CEO of CYCA said: “We would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Claire’s Flowers for decorating the room and to all who donated on the night. Special thanks go to our sponsors Llanelli Online and Gestamp and the wonderful Helen Enser Morgan and Red Mick for the entertainment.”

Up for grabs: Prizes galore

Raffle Prizes were donated by  Parc Y Bocs, Domino’s Pizza, Brythonic M.C.C., T J Electrical, The Half Moon, The Selwyn Samuel Centre, Claire’s Flowers, Matthew Thomas, Salon 32 Hair Salon, Pebbles Beauty , Funkeeze Hair Studio, Stephen Eldridge of Dragon Jeet Kene Do Club, Classic Windows,  Diplomat Hotel, Anette Kelly, Jo, Lynne Drummond, David Jenkins of Jenkins Bakery and Charles & Co Accountants.

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