THE WINNERS' FABULOUS TRIP!
The winners of the "York 90" draw, made in May 2011, were Mike and Charlotte Ero, from San Francisco.
Mike and Charlotte, accompanied by their 3 year-old son Thomas, flew to the UK in late April 2012 to enjoy their VIP vacation!
Their stay included time in both London and York, and some very special events. Here are some highlights...
York 90 was the Rotary Club of York's innovative fund-raising event, and was part of the commemoration
of the Club's 90th year, in 2011
York 90 was an internet fundraiser, aimed at Rotarians and also non-Rotarians in North America, which included a prize-draw with a "VIP Trip for Two" for the winner - flying from North America to York and London/Edinburgh for 7 days.
York 90 raised over $11,500 (£7000) net which have been distributed 50/50 to Rotary's Polio Plus Campaign to eliminate polio worldwide; and to Yorkshire Cancer Research
Taking in the sights of London (despite unkind weather!)
(left) Visiting the Rotary Club of York. Also
visiting was John Yeomans (second left)
who, a year ago, as Chairman of "Visit
York" actually drew the winning ticket!
(below) Taking afternoon tea with York's Lord
Mayor Cllr David Horton (l) in the
Mansion House, York.
(left) Being shown the new "Cap of Maintenance" ceremonial
wear, at the Mansion House, York
The Cedar Court Grand Hotel, York, provided accommodation for Mike and Charlotte during their stay in York
The programme chosen by the Ero family included first class travel on East Coast Rail to and from York, a stay in the 1906 built N E Railway Headquarters now the Cedar Court Grand, York's first five star hotel, a personally conducted tour by Sir Thomas Ingilby of Ripley Castle, his family home for the last four hundred years and a traditional afternoon tea in the world renowned Bettys.
Mike Ero said of their experience:-
"It has been a memorable experience, visiting places we’lll never forget and meeting some wonderful people. Everyone has been so friendly and generous and the warmth of their welcome and hospitality will stay with us for ever. I’d like to thank all our hosts and particularly the York Rotary Club for organising this trip of a lifetime. It’s so gratifying to know that their efforts gave us the opportunity but also raised an incredible amount of money for charity”
SIr Thomas Ingilby (shown second from left in the photo) gave Mike, Charlotte and Thomas a personal conducted tour of his home, the fabulous Ripley Castle, near York
Thomas was disappointed real live Knight Sir Thomas was not wearing armour or on a horse - but at least he had a sword!!
A personal tour of York's National Railway Museum with the Chairman of the Museum "Friends" organisation, was a particular favourite with the whole family.
Other highlights of the Ero's trip were afternoon tea at the famous Bettys Tea Rooms in York
(kindly provided by Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate Ltd)
..and a VIP night at the theatre at the
Grand Opera House, York
.. and a visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The Rotary Club of York are very grateful to the Lord Mayor, Cllr David Horton, and to Sir Thomas Ingilby, for their assistance with the provision of these VIP experiences as part of the Rotary Club's "York 90" winners' trip.
We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the following organisations in providing financial or other assistance with "York 90" and the winners' trip:
Visit York, East Coast Trains, Cedar Court Grand Hotel York, National Railway Museum, and Betty's Tea Rooms York