Well that was quite a good night!
Around 50 to 60 UK Seahawkers- including members who reside in Seattle and Florida- congregated in Nottingham for a night of meeting new people, old friends and raising an immense amount of money for the two designated Chapter Charities for 2017.
The event took place at Canalhouse Bar in the centre of the city.
Those present included people from all over the UK. From Scotland, to the south coast of England and from over the water and one of our Irish Seahawkers too. As well as that most commendably we had a foursome who had made the trip over the Atlantic.
Dannette and Mark making the trip from the Emerald City as part of the UK Membership number. They brought so many donated items for the 2017 Charity Auction. They were also joined by Craig and Theresa who made the journey- via Seattle- from Orlando, Florida.
To begin the night off, some attendees arrived early to take in the 2017 FA Cup Final. For that Group Admin Andy Robinson ran a sweepstake. With both prizes happening to be won by Bob Alexander.
We were joined this year by WeeHawk. For those who don’t know WeeHawk is a figure who has the moves some covet on the dancefloor and is a focal point of a lot of social media buzz himself from all over the world. He was sent from his guardian’s- Chris Johnson- side on a UK tour. After stops in Manchester, Liverpool, the Lake District, Ireland and Scotland .He took in the meet and was the centre of attention perched near our new Chapter Banner.
Then, after all of that had ended we took a moment to remember Seahdawks Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy. Midlands Rep Stuart Court leading the group in a 96-second applause in appreciation and memory of the man who saw his #96 retired after a decade of great play and destruction to opposing teams. RIP Cortez!
Then was the raffle and auction. All proceeds from the tickets purchased going towards our two charities. Items included Gameday programs, Seahawks Yearbooks, Rubber Ducks emblazoned in Seahawks colours and much more.
The bigger ticket items were reserved for the Charity Auction. Below is the items listed and the people who outbid the rest to take them home.
A Joey Galloway signed Football*: Sean Wilson (Chapter President)
An Authentic Gameday Seahawks Wolf Grey Jersey: Mark Jackson (Northern Rep)
A hand-crafted, limited edition ‘Sea Brick’**: Cameron Welsh
A Superbowl 48 DVD***: Andy Robinson (2.0)
An Authentic Superbowl 48 seat cushion****: Andy Robinson 1.0
A Seahawks logo flag****: Scott Whitelaw
A Game Worn, Throwback Seahawks Helmet*****: Terry Peppard (Northern Rep)
Original, one-off print design^ Mark Jackson
*Donated by Chris Johnson; **Donated and made by Lenny Sap; ***Donated by Andy Pilkington-Steele; **** Donated by Craig Godwin; *****Donated by Melanie Hardman;^ Designed by Gordon Currie
A massive well done and thank you to all those who placed a bid. Your money, with all money counted and considered for saw the night raise an immense figure of £1,240.
That figure will be split between our two 2017 Chapter Charities- Archie’s Smile and SSAFA. For more information on both, go to our Charities tab at the top of the page.
With that money raised, the night continued with stories shared, drinks consumed and a good few laughs.
A massive thanks to the staff at the Canalhouse Bar for dealing with us for so many hours (and pints). Also a huge thanks to all who donated to and those who purchased raffle tickets, took part in the FA Cup final sweeps and took the time out of their bank holiday weekend to come to town and join in the fun.
Thanks to Mark Jackson, Ross Bell and Gordon Currie for helping us sort the audio issues so the group could ‘dance’ to Macklemore, Soundgarden, The Verve and Sammy Hagar.
Finally a huge thanks to Andy Pilkington-Steele for taking the time out of his night and being the night’s paparazzi. Below are all the pictures from the night. Some more from those at the night are up on the FB page.
The Group Shot of the 2017 UK Seahawkers National Meet: