Monday, 27 January 2014

T-VINE Christmas Party raises £287 for Syrian refugees

L-R: Melisa Yavas, Soner Tursoy & Funkshy's Deborah Lee


Earlier this week, T-VINE founder and editor İpek Özerim presented a cheque for £287 to the Southgate Rotary Club (SRC) towards their Turkish Triangle campaign for Syrian refugees. The money was raised through a raffle at the magazine’s Christmas party, which took place at Cyprus Garden last month. Receiving the cheque, SRC President Alok Agrawal thanked T-VINE for “the generous donation for this humanitarian cause” and said he would keep readers abreast of how their money was spent. 
L-R: SRC Treasurer Enver Kannur, T-VINE's İpek Özerim & SRC President Alok Agrawal
Over 150 people attended the T-VINE Christmas Party on Sunday 22 December. Raffle prizes were donated by: the Turkish Deli (handmade pure olive oil soap bars), Fio’s Cash and Carry (raki gift sets), Peccadillo Pictures (DVDs of acclaimed Turkish movies), and Cyprus Garden (dinner for two). A total of £287 was raised from sales of raffle tickets on the night. Mixed martial arts champion Huseyin Garabet (pictured below) and peace activist Timothy “Peace” John Baptiste pulled out the winning tickets.

The Christmas Party was styled as a cabaret event. Guests were treated to a 3-course dinner, live music, dance, comedy and festive treats. Organised by Prickly Pear and RPJ Events for T-VINE, the night’s entertainment kicked off with legendary drummer Tansay Omar and his new band Funkshy. Lead singer Deborah Lee’s powerful soulful vocals dazzled the audience, as the band performed tracks from their debut album Made in London

Babutsa’s Soner Tϋrsoy got the dance floor packed with his hour-long set of Turkish pop hits. Renowned Oriental dancer Melisa Yavaş put on an exhilarating show, which included her sensation sword dance. Rounding off the night was DJ Elliot Patterson who kept the guests dancing into the early hours with his rocking Christmas party set. The night was hosted by T-VINE columnists and issue 5 front cover stars Eray and Koray (pictured below).

The night’s highlights were captured by David James. See them online: T-VINE Xmas party photos

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