K9 had a ‘Sounds of 60s and 70s’ charity event organised for several weeks when out of the blue an email was received from the owner of the venue telling us he was closing the bar immediately. Of course, this caused a ripple of panic; were we able to find another bar or had all the hard work organising the occasion gone to the dogs and we cancel.
As luck would have it SuzyQ, one of the main fundraising organisers for Live Arico, received a phone call offering a venue. She quickly realised that it was for K9 not LA and passed on the information and just three days later we were able to switch to The Heritage Bar, at the San Marino apartments behind Los Cristianos bus station.
So yesterday went ahead, there was excellent entertainment, several stalls selling books, jewellery and handmade items along with a raffle and a fun quiz. As you can see from the pictures, there was a good turnout and everyone had a great time.
Aidy Evans did a marvellous job as compare and singer, giving the audience some of the songs of the period from Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney and of course Elvis. SuzyQ joined us with plenty of Motown hits from the 70s and she brought along her 11-year-old son Alfie (this young man is an obvious star in the making) who did some up to the minute songs so the youngsters’ didn´t feel left out. John Ashford’s alter ego Buddy Holly was due later in the afternoon however, just as we thought he was arriving we learnt he had had a car accident so not up to performing. Into the breach stepped Rachel who quickly checked the backing tracks and gave some wonderful renditions of Mustang Sally, Sweet Home Alabama and several other songs that got members of the audience dancing.
Throughout the afternoon Steph and Graham of Frydays Fish and Chip Shop made sure the audience did not go hungry and 20% of the proceeds were given to K9, this was a really nice gesture from a very new establishment.
By the time I was leaving people were dancing and eating, the takings at that point were €260 including a very generous donation of €50 from a lady called Linda and there will be more to come with a donation from the bar. In addition, our bookstall took €45 that is added to the running total we are keeping since we started in August selling books every other Sunday at Nancy Spain’s. (I have just had an update from Mikey at 15.45pm Sunday – saying the final total for the day was €532.75 with €290 of that coming from individual donations late in the afternoon. 1 x €200 1x €50 and 2 x €20.)
Dave of the Heritage Bar has invited us back to help celebrate the bars birthday which will be held the first Saturday in November (so that will be 5th) and of course continue to raise much-needed funds. Frydays will be talking to Mikey about organising a Line Dancing event with Fish and Chip Supper so look out for news of that in my Things to Do each month blog, and as money is always needed, just short of €4000 a month to keep the refuge going, I will take this opportunity to remind everyone of forthcoming events
12th October K9 Full Moon Sponsored Walk to Chinyero Arena Negras (5.7K)
30th October Open Day at K9 Kennels
5th November – Heritage Birthday Party and fund raising for K9
5th December K9 Sponsored Walk from Alcala to Playa San Juan & return
9th K9 Christmas Dinner at James Brasserie, Island Village.