The Stanley Street Quarter CIC delivered a stunning Three Queens Ball on Friday 22nd May, raising over £3,000 for The Michael Causer Foundation, which supports Merseyside’s lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) community.

The Stanley Street Quarter Community Interest Company (CIC) organised a stunning Three Queens Ball to open the weekend’s celebrations on Friday 22nd May and raised over £3,000 for local charity, The Michael Causer Foundation, which supports Merseyside’s lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) community.

The Ball, hosted in the magnificent surroundings of the atrium of Exchange Station, Tithebarn Street and catered by the wonderful Delifonseca, was a sell-out with over 200 guests glammed up to the event’s “Captains Table, Sequins and Bellboy Chic” dress code.

Hosted by Ru Paul’s UK Drag Ambassador finalist The Vivienne and superb entertainment provided by the legendary House of Suarez, creators of the vogue ball, duo Charlie  and Michael Causer Foundation’s Out on Stage 2015 winner, Shamona.

The ball took place thanks to headline sponsors The Lisbon, Stanley Street and the Liverpool BID Company.

Former Lord Mayor and Chair of the Michael Causer Foundation, Gary Millar says “A sincere thank you to the Stanley Street Quarter and their directors for giving us the opportunity to be their chosen charity on what was a magical and wonderful night.”

“It gave us an opportunity to speak about reducing hate crime and to ask guests to become MCF ambassadors to support Michael’s legacy by becoming one of “Michael’s Mates”.

Gary also led the evening’s auction taking the amount raised to over £3100. Gary adds “our sponsors kindly donated outstanding auction prizes and I’d like to thank Stanley Street Quarter, Exchange Station, our host Vivienne, The Lisbon, Liverpool BID Company, John Bird Media, UK Events Group, LA Productions and Colin McKeown, photographers Sane Seven, Delifonseca, Frank Clarke, CDP Print Management, my partner Steve Macfarlane, the Michael Causer Foundation, Progressive Lifestyle Solutions and Maurice and Diana from 3 Queens 1 City- and of course our entertainers, Royal Navy volunteers, Trustees, Chief Executive and our guests for a fantastic night supporting our LGBT community.”

Additional thanks must go to Cat’s Whiskers PR and other friends of the two organisations who secured some fantastic raffles prizes from generous supporters including Circo, The Old Blind School, Vogue Hair & Beauty, Triketastic, Liverpool One Bridewell, Lush Spa, TT Online, The Yacht Club and CJ Beauty @ Herbert’s.

Liverpool’s very own coffee business, Joe Black Coffee provided a bespoke coffee gift for each guest on the night!

Stuart St V Fitzgerald, CEO of the Michael Causer Foundation said: “We were delighted to be invited by the Stanley Street Quarter team to be the charity beneficiary of this magnificent Three Queens Ball which launched the One Magnificent City Three Queens weekend and this was a great opportunity to raise the profile of the Foundation’s work supporting the LGBT community.”

“It also allowed us to launch our diversity and equality training to local businesses and organisations.”

The Stanley Street Quarter CIC was established in 2013 to The Stanley Street Quarter CIC is the not for profit company set up in 2013 to bring together and develop the area around the city’s economic LGBT heart. Recognised as the world’s first official LGBT Quarter the CIC aims to create a modern destination to live, work and enjoy where the city’s LGBT community can be celebrated and feel safe.

The Michael Causer Foundation supports victims of LGBT hate crime and seeks to educate, motivate and accommodate vulnerable LGBT people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Foundation was launched in memory of gay teenager Michael Causer, aged 18, from Whiston, who was brutally attacked simply for being gay at a house party in 2008, never recovered from his injuries and died on 2nd August 2008.

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