Generous business owners at the Business for Scotland Annual Dinner raised £51,500 for charity.
Acclaimed artist Gerard Burns donated his portrait of the First Minister, created as part of his ‘14 for 14’ exhibition featuring 14 Scots who inspired him. Generous business owners donated sums from £500 to £5000, with the money going to children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent. The portrait will now be hung at Holyrood.
Ian MacDougall, director of Business for Scotland, was at the dinner. He said:
“The whole evening was a fantastic success, with rousing speeches from FM Alex Salmond and Elaine C Smith.
“The generosity from our members at the dinner was incredible, and I’m immensely grateful to them for digging so deeply into their pockets.
“We’re delighted that this money is going to such a worthwhile cause, helping children with cancer.”
Gerard Burns said he decided to paint Scots who inspired him to mark 2014 as a landmark year for Scotland, with the recent Independence Referendum and Commonwealth Games. He said:
“I am eternally grateful to the business community in Scotland who via this portrait, have donated so generously to this wonderful charity. By doing so they have made it possible for CLIC Sargent to continue their amazing work and in particular the services that Malcolm Sargent house provides, which is vital, particularly for families who are going through such a tough time.”