The eagerly awaited Sportsman’s Dinner was held on the 21st March 2019 at the Leicester Tigers ground on Welford Road, hosted by Roger Dakin with special guest speaker, former England Cricketer Phil Tufnell.
Over 720 freemasons and guests descended on the Leicester Tigers ground to enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment in support of the 2022 Festival to raise money for the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
The evening began with convivial drinks served in the Legends VIP bar and also the Final Whistle bar before being seated ready for the entertainment to begin. The host for the evening was none other than Roger Dakin, the ex-England Hockey Goalkeeper, who delighted the audience with his famed jokes and stories throughout the night.
Aside from an entertaining evening, the more serious side was to raise money for worthy causes, which began with silent auctions for many items of signed sporting memorabilia and relaxing events for family and friends.
A live auction was also held, with prizes including a holiday to Antigua, tickets to the Monaco Grand Prix, and a painting by artist Ben Mosley. The auctioneers’ role went to Ed Giddins, former England Test Cricketer who played for Sussex, Warwickshire, Surrey Hampshire during his career.
England and Middlesex left-arm spin bowler Phil Tufnell then took to the stage to recount some of his more famed sporting events throughout the course of his career as a sportsman, and then subsequently his foray into television on shows such as Question of Sport, Strictly Come Dancing, and his reign as King of the Jungle on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
The evening was a huge success, with over £70,000 being raised, which included the proceeds of the live and silent auctions, to support the Leicestershire & Rutland 2022 Festival and the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
The Provincial Grand Master David Hagger said: “I would like to praise and thank the organisers of this event, to raise over £70,000 in support of such worthy causes is a testimony to the generosity of all who attended”