Let’s party to help children in need
He could easily put the money in his pocket, but that's not what Noel Hodgson is about.
For the past two decades he's held a party at Spinning Wheel to coincide with the end of daylight savings.
Part proceeds from this year's event will be given to Gina Spence's Champions Programme. It provides scholarships, school uniforms, counselling and healthy food for children affected by gun violence.
Mr Hodgson, who described himself as a “young 60-year-old”, said he felt compelled to make the offering even though he has no children of his own.
“I'm a God-given person and I was drawn by the Father to do this simply because I know many of our people are suffering to some degree, some more than others,” he said. “I don't have children but all my nieces and nephews and children of many other friends are my children. I have a lot of respect for children, period. When I recognised Gina Spence Productions was reaching out to children in need, and needed help, it touched me immensely. I couldn't withdraw my services from doing something for them.”
A donation from his popular Solid Gold Old School Party seemed like the perfect solution. The event is now in its 20th year, although it's the 11th anniversary as a “double floor” party at the Court Street nightclub.
“So simply, I called Gina and told her what I wanted to do,” Mr Hodgson said. “She was surprised. She wasn't expecting it. I said, ‘I'm going to fund this event, I'm putting up the finances and will donate part proceeds of profits to help your organisation and these children'.”
The senior bartender at Spinning Wheel said he usually brings in DJs from overseas but decided to make the party all about Bermuda this year. Magnum Force with Selector DJ Fudda Maggie & DJ Jada will be there along with DJ Lenkyboy Movement and DJ Radigun.
“This one is all Bermudians simply because I know they need work.
“I'm hoping that we will duplicate the success we had the last time I did a fundraiser three or four years ago. I know people like to come out for a good time but this is also for a good cause — to help children, to help families. Hopefully the word will be out that I am in partnership with Gina Spence Productions to bring funds to children in need.
“We must never forget we were children too. I didn't always have everything that I do now.
“I know some children don't even have uniforms to go to school; some don't have shoes. That touches me.
“How is that child going to get that education if they don't have these important things they need?
“ For me, this is an order from the Father: they've got to have it. I want them to succeed because they are our future. They must succeed because the future is in their hands.”
•The 11th annual Solid Gold Party takes place Saturday, November 5 at the Spinning Wheel Entertainment Complex. Tickets, $20, are available at the door. To donate to the Champions Programme send an e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit ginaspenceproductions.com