Once again in the Garden Suite of the beautifully refurbished Oatlands House, the 2012 Camp Lionheart Dinner was another financial success and, once again also, despite the difficulties encountered by the Committee in another very tough economic climate. More on the financial results later.
The general consensus, however, was that this year’s Dinner was the best yet from the social angle. We decided to move on this year from the sports celebrity guest speaker with a motivational or entertaining presentation. This had worked well for a number of years, but it was time to see what else might work.
Firstly, because it was Dr Stephen O’Flaherty’s last Dinner while still Head of Kids Rehab, everyone was issued with a Bandaged Bear bow-tie just (BBBT), compliments of Royale Corp, just so we could all empathise with him in his usual dress code. His appearance in an ordinary tie was soon rectified when he donned the BBBT on arrival at his table.
The hit of the evening was Mario Lasagne – the Singing Chef. His short but highly entertaining spot had everyone joining in on those classical Italian evergreens of “That’s Amore”, “Volare” etc, concluding with an excellent rendition of “Nessun Dorma”. He was even spotted serenading the soon-to-be-elected 2nd Vice District Governor, Joanne Sim, as well as our own Halina.