This year marks PDMS' 20th year in business.
On the day itself (12th February) which just happened to be Shrove Tuesday, we decided to mark the occasion by celebrating with some yummy pancakes.
A few short weeks passed and we decided that we wanted to do something special, something that would not only leave us with some happy memories but would also give back to community that we have been a part of on the Isle of Man for the last 20 years.
It was decided that we would host a black tie charity dinner and all monies raised would go directly to ten local charities - all nominated by PDMS staff. This way we could celebrate with our friends, suppliers and clients. We set a date for the 9th of November and started making preparations, we confirmed the location to be The Mount Murray Hotel and were delighted that the band, Retrospect, were able to play at our event as we had heard rave reviews!
The weeks flew by, tickets sold quickly and some very kind and supportive local companies provided us with some great raffle prizes and auction items.
On the Thursday morning, two days before the event was due to take place I was busy typing out table plans and place names when I noticed on twitter that the IOM Fire Service had tweeted that they were dealing with a fire at Mount Murray. A colleague pointed out that you could see a huge cloud of smoking coming from the direction of the hotel towards the business park. Within a few minutes the phone started ringing, it then carried on ringing for the rest of the day. We soon realised that the fire was very serious and by the end of the day it was confirmed that our event would not be able to go ahead at the Mount Murray. This was extremely disappointing for us but we were just relieved that no one at the hotel had been seriously injured. Luckily for us the events team we had been working with at the hotel were extremely helpful and had already been in contact with The Palace Hotel. After a couple of manic hours and a last minute meeting with the team at The Palace, it was confirmed that they would be able to host our event. Relieved was not the word!
Saturday evening rolled around and everything was set. Candy at Finishing Touches had done a brilliant job of decorating The Cushag Suite and the team at The Palace did a fantastic job of organising everything at the very last minute. The food was great and Retrospect provided us and our guests with superb entertainment. My favourite part of the evening had to be watching the 'previous generation' strutting their stuff on the dance floor!
Judging from the emails in my inbox on Monday morning, I think it is fair to say that everyone had a fantastic time. We have managed to raise in excess of £10,000 and are still waiting for some auction money to come in. A huge thank you to all our guests that joined us on the evening, those who donated prizes and everyone who helped us pull the evening together, we couldn't have done it without you, Happy 20th Birthday PDMS!