Julian and Cat O’Dell’s fundraiser festival Catfest 2017 proved to be an even bigger success than last year, based on the key measures of enjoyment levels and money raised for charity.
Over 350 revellers descended upon the O’Dell’s garden in Hulcote, Milton Keynes for ten hours of exceptional music, wonderful food and copious drink. The warm, sunny weather enhanced the atmosphere and made the permanent smiles on the partygoers’ faces just that little bit wider.
Julian and Cat were largely responsible for planning and hosting Catfest, but it couldn’t happen without the help and time of many others who designed and produced wristbands, invitations, banners and the striking Catfest logo, the singers, bands and suppliers donors of auction lots and raffle prizes, those who ran the bar, the car park or simply provided the guests with a warm greeting and their programmes, to the team of helpers who assisted in setting up the site and clearing it up the next day, this was a real team effort.
Musical treats included Straw Bear, Danni Nicholls, Balsamo Deighton, The Alice Band and Fred’s House and the magnificent T.Rextasy. Auction lots included a “money can’t buy” experience for Beatles fans and a superb original artwork by up and coming artist Ant Carver raised over £6,000, thanks to the efforts of auctioneering dynamic duo Keith Butten and John Parrish, while the raffle and various other competitions and silent auction opportunities (overseen by the beautiful Abba-clad Anita, Jane and Elpee) contributed well over £5,000.
Thanks go to the sponsors including TM Training, Rightmove and Beasley & Partners as well as Land & New Homes Network, Reapit, Knightsbridge Estate Agents, The Negotiator magazine, Property Industry Eye, Manning Stainton Estate Agents, Anthony Pepe & Co, Melior Clinics, Moneypenny and Cabins GB.