Event of the Week: The Spirit of Elvis


Sports Club Celebrates Music of The King

By Adrienne Jones for Eventgroove

As much fun as it can be to shout out song requests from the dance floor for a DJ’s never-ending playlist, nothing gets people moving quite like a live performance. The organisers behind the Holtwhites Sports & Social Club The Spirit of Elvis concert know this all too well. The Enfield establishment hosted Elvis tribute artist Jon Burrows on 1st February for members and their guests.

Organiser Angela Micallef says the evening was designed “for the entertainment and enjoyment of our members and their friends and family. We try to hold several member nights across the year to encourage support of the club, but, most importantly, it was a get-together for a few drinks and a good time.”

Micallef adds that while these member nights usually aren’t official fundraisers, money raised always goes back into the club. “We made some extra money from ticket sales and also had a fantastic bar take,” she explains. “We’re always looking for ways to raise funds for things like refurbishment. Recently, we’ve been able to restore our function hall and kitchen, and plans are in place to buy new furniture and carpets for the lounge.”

Holtwhites has five sports sections: cricket, tennis, bowls, weightlifting, and football. Their colts juniors cricket teams have over 130 boys and girls in groups from seven years to 17 years. The group’s Hinton FC, founded in 1957, was crowned Premier League Champions for the 2010/2011 season, while their Whitewebbs Eagles FC started in 1998 and has ten teams for Under 8′s through Under 18′s. Weightlifting began in 1950, and their bowls club will celebrate 100 years in 2015.

Micallef says they took a very strategic approach to promoting the event. “We produced lots of posters and flyers that were placed on notice boards and tables all around the club,” she notes. “Emails were sent out to members, and we were incredibly active on social media. All of this combined to ensure we sold all tickets and created an amazing atmosphere on the night.”

Micallef believes that organisers with a solid plan should make sure not to fret too much during planning. “As ever with these things, ticket sales were quite slow to start with. There were a few fraught moments, but everything turned out well in the end. The whole evening was a great success. Everyone had a great time and were up singing and dancing from the second Elvis stepped on stage.”

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