Following in the footsteps of Manchester’s historical tradition of community philanthropists, the Maggie’s Costume Ball, which will take place on 30th March 2018, aims to raise funding to support Maggie’s Cancer Centres across the UK.
The ball was inspired by a similar event that took place back in 1828 when prominent citizens of the North West gathered for an elaborate costume ball that raised money for local charities. Guests at this event included the Lord Mayor, MPs, industrial magnates and even the Home Secretary Robert Peel.
The original event, which was attended by over 3500 guests, was captured in the famous oil painting by Arthur Perigal ‘A Fancy Dress ball, Manchester’.
Around 300 people paid a shilling to be included in the painting which was raffled off and won by a local man, Mr Peacock. Mr Peacock, who appears in the painting as the Knave of Hearts, later gifted the painting to The Salford Art Gallery in 1852, and it was restored in 1994.
The 2019 event, which will aim to beat the last total of £16k for Maggie’s, encourages guests to wear a historical costume and to take part in a little Victorian dancing as to hark back to the original event back in 1828.
All manner of historical costumes can be hired from The Royal Exchange Theatre for £45 which includes all accessories and shoes.
Tickets are on sale now which include welcome drinks, entertainment, a three-course dinner, DJ, raffle and an auction of prizes. They are £99 and can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Maggie’s Manchester on 0161 641 4857
Maggie’s Costume Ball at The Lowry Hotel
Drinks, 3 courses dinner + entertainment
Venue: The Lowry Hotel
Date: 30th March 2019
Time: From 7pm
Cost: £99 per ticket
The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Pl, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester M3 5LH
0161 827 4000