ANDY Evans has dedicated #GameForGrenfell’s most recent accolade to the memory of the victims of the tower fire.
In Manchester on Tuesday night, #GameForGrenfell picked up the Event of the Year prize at The Stadium Business Awards 2018.
Evans, CEO of QPR Trust, was at the Emirates Old Trafford and he told www.qpr.co.uk: “Winning these awards and being congratulated for #GameForGrenfell never feels quite right, particularly on the eve of the anniversary of the fire.
“We must always remember that #GameForGrenfell came about because of London’s biggest post-war disaster, and these accolades are all received in memory of the 72 lives lost.
“As well as raising funds for the survivors, what #GameForGrenfell did was bring the whole community together. It gave everyone the chance to show their support for those affected, and remember the victims.
“Thursday will be the one-year anniversary of the fire, and we will be standing shoulder to shoulder with survivors and families of those no longer with us as we join them on their silent march.”
Now in their ninth year, The Stadium Business Awards are the only awards to recognise a whole spectrum of achievements from across the global stadium industry.
“Congratulations to everyone who reached the podium,” said Ian Nuttall, founder of The Stadium Business Awards.
“Winners included our industry’s leaders, achievers and stand-out venues, who should all be very proud of their achievements.”
Hundreds of nominations were whittled down to create the shortlist for various awards, judged by an independent panel of industry figures including:
- Robin Buchanan, General Stadium Manager, Celtic FC, UK
- Umut Kutlu, CMO, Besiktas JK, Turkey
- Charlene Nyantekyi, General Manager - Club Wembley, UK
- Roser Queralto, Chief Business Development Officer, Euroleague Basketball, Spain
- Ron Vandeveen, President and Chief Executive Officer, USA
- Ian Nuttall, Founder, TheStadiumBusiness, UK
- Kevin Warren, Chief Operating Officer, Minnesota Vikings, USA
On #Game4Grenfell, the judging panel said: “There are many worthy nominees in this category.
“However our winner is #GameForGrenfell, where the local football club delivered an incredible event raising money for its community at such a poignant time and within sight of the location of the tragic tower block fire.
“True credit should be given to the club who are continuing with their support of the victims of Grenfell to this day.”