John Amabile out to lunch - all for a good cause!


MILNGAVIE tv star John Amabile and Michelle McManus topped the bill at this year’s annual Ladies Lunch in aid of the Scottish Spina Bifida Association (SSBA).

Staged at the Radisson BLU Hotel, Glasgow, the event also received support from River City’s Libby McArthur, and unable to make the lunch in person, Gordon Ramsay OBE, who is Honorary Patron of the Charity, sent the ladies his own personal message which was played at the lunch.

Clare Cogan Turner, from Bearsden, who is events manager of the SSBA, said: “We are delighted that so many people supported this hugely popular event. Over 360 ladies joined us for our fifth birthday celebratory ladies lunch.

“Charismatic TV interior designer John Amabile is such a wonderful host and Michelle entertained the ladies with her up-tempo performances of tunes from artists such as Beyonce to her own record breaking hit of All This Time.

“Also adding to the fun, and bringing their own slice of sparkle to the afternoon were students from Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts, who performed a fantastic Queen medley. And, to get the pulses racing and donations flowing, the barely clothed Butlers in the Buff started a fundraising frenzy!”

This glitzy fundraiser, which is held in association with the Gordon Ramsay Appeal, raised £33,000 which will help the SSBA to support over 3,000 children, young adults and families throughout Scotland. Over the last four years the Ladies Lunch has raised £75,000. The Charity is delighted the total for the whole five years has now topped £108,000.

Ms Cogan Turner said: “It’s a vital source of income for the SSBA, who, despite being the only charity in Scotland that supports those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, receives less than one per cent in government funding. In 2011, the SSBA need to raise £1 million to maintain their current level of vital support services, support centre, training, projects and helpline.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank John Amabile, Michelle McManus, Libby McArthur, the Students of Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts, Butlers in the Buff, event sponsors Slaters Woman and Make Believe Events who dressed the room, everyone who donated auction prizes and the generosity of all those who attended the event.”

The next big event for the SSBA is the Gordon Ramsay Summer Ball to be staged at Mar Hall, Bishopton on Thursday, July 14 2011. This prestigious, glitzy, red carpet event will be hosted by the celeb chef himself.

If you would like to buy tickets, support the Charity or make a donation, contact the SSBA Fundraising Team on 01236 794508 or log onto