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SBA Casino Night for SJT Community Projects with Superb Range of Top Auction Prizes

The wheel of fortune will be spinning for Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in a magical fund-raiser at the Opera House Casino.

Proceeds from the event organised by Scarborough Business Ambassadors in partnership with the casino on Friday November 9 will go towards the theatre’s Outreach Programme. 

Top auction prizes will include a week’s stay at a villa in Cyprus, afternoon tea on the House of Commons Terrace, Alpamare tickets, breaks at award-winning luxury accommodation from Studford Luxury Lodges and the chance to be a VIP guest at the Tour de Yorkshire in the Scarborough or Bridlington venues next May.

The roulette spectacular will have a Casino Royale theme, and include fizz and canapes. There will also be entertainment with a magician and vocalist prior to the auction, which will be conducted by David Duggleby auctioneers.

Tickets for the event that starts at 7pm will cost £25 and are available from the Stephen Joseph Theatre box office on 01723 370541 or

Peter Wilkinson, chairman of the Scarborough Business Ambassadors, said: “We are extremely pleased to be supporting the community-engaging activities of the theatre to help its community engagement activity with students and organisations.

“It has had the most successful two years and we are pleased to help extend its community programme, and to be working in conjunction with the Opera House Casino.”

Janet Deacon, borough council tourism manager and area director of Welcome to Yorkshire, who has organised the event with Business Ambassador director Jo Thompson, said: “The SJT is an amazing venue and its work to promote culture on the coast is outstanding. The Outreach Programme works with, in and for the community, encouraging people to engage with the culture through projects, courses, classes and work experience providing access to all.

“I would really like to thank all the kind businesses who have supported this event through donation of prizes to raise money for this valuable facility.”

Steve Mosley, Opera House Casino managing director, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to show our support for the Outreach Programme in partnership with the Stephen Joseph Theatre and other businesses and associations.  It will be a spectacular night, for a great cause.”

Steve Freeman, chief executive of the SJT, added: “This event will help us to continue our valuable work in the community, as well as providing accessible tickets for young people and other causes, and investing in new and exciting Scarborough-based projects.”  

Auction prizes on the night include the kind donations by the companies, individuals and businesses listed  …

  • Meal for up to 10 people at the Nineteen09 restaurant; courtesy of Scarborough TEC
  • One-week stay in a two-bed Villa in Cyprus with pool; KFP/Spectrum Cleaning
  • One-hour flight around the Yorkshire coast or a half-day yacht sail around the coast; Heath Samples
  • Alpamare free pass for two people at its new Spa or a family ticket for the waterpark; Alpamare
  • Family ticket for Flamingoland; Gordon Gibb  
  • Afternoon tea on the Terrace at the Houses of Parliament; Robert Goodwill MP
  • Luxury low-season midweek three-day break with hot tub and sauna at the AA 5-star gold Studford Luxury Lodges, near Ampleforth;  owners Ed Fawcett ad Rob Fawcett
  • A night’s midweek bed and breakfast at award-winning AA 2 rosette 4-star gold accommodation at Fairfax Arms, East Gilling; Ed Fawcett and Rob Fawcett.
  • Sunday lunch for two people at top Yorkshire pub the award-winning White Swan at Ampleforth;  Simon Parker, Ed Fawcett and Rob Fawcett  
  • VIP pass for two people at any start or finish of the Tour de Yorkshire event in May 2019; Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Tickets for 1st class airport lounge; Leeds Bradford Airport
  • A day’s Sailing Experience – sailing lessons, drinks and snacks, plus tour of the Yacht Club and lighthouse; Simon Bull of the Castle Group Ltd
  • Two tickets to see Jenny Eclair in Scarborough as part of the Star Women in Business Awards next April; Four Tigers Media
  • Case of Lunetta Rose Prosecco; Opera House Casino
  • Steam railway treat – Footplate Experience on NYMR, with refreshments; North York Moors Railway
  • A one-night stay at a suite including three-course dinner with wine, use of Spa and a 60-minute treatment; Raithwaite Estate, Sandsend.

Accountants Winn & Co are also among the generous sponsors. If you are interesting in donating a prize to this important local cause, please email