The FA Cup made its first public appearance following the Wembley final when it was paraded in front of a 600-strong audience attending Fashion Kicks 2011 at The Point at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
Hosted by Manchester City and Republic of Ireland International goalkeeper Shay Given, and his wife Jane, Fashion Kicks 2011 took place at the newly developed 1,000-seat conference and banqueting venue on Sunday 15th May in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Beechwood Cancer Care Centre and the Adopt a School project.
Commenting on the evening, Shay who is patron of Macmillan Cancer support, said: “ Jane and I were overwhelmed by the support we received which helped to raise £145,000 on the night. This is our 5th Fashion Kicks event and I can safely say it has been the best yet. The team at The Point were outstanding. I cannot think of anywhere else in Manchester that has the flexibility, facilities and service offered by this venue.”
This star studded red-carpet show has quickly established itself as one of the must-see events of the year, attracting leading lights from the world of football, fashion and food.
With Manchester City’s first team squad toasting their FA Cup final victory by showing off their fancy footwork in the exclusive Selfridges fashion show, the event lived up to its promise of being the biggest yet.
For The Point’s sale manager Peter Ash the event had a touch of irony: “As an avid football fan it was a dream to see the FA Cup, but as a Stoke City fan I would have preferred to see it decorated in red and white! But as hard as it is to say I wouldn’t take anything away from the squad, they were clearly delighted, and the cup really added to the exciting atmosphere of the event.
Peter adds: “During the evening guests were treated to a lavish dinner prepared by some of Britain’s best chefs including our own Executive Head Chef Nic Ashurst. There was an auction hosted by The Point’s catering consultant Michelin-starred chef Paul Heathcote and to top it all the audience were wowed by a phenomenal set from pop star and X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke.
The auction helped Fashion Kicks reach the milestone of £1m raised for charity since the show’s inception eight years ago.