Vegas glitz for local lady’s fund-raiser

A MONTROSE mum will transform Dundee’s Caird Hall into the glitzy and glamorous world of Las Vegas next month to raise money for research into brain tumours.

All proceeds from the One Night in Vegas ball will be donated to local charitable trust Bare All for Brain Tumours, which was set up by Carolyn Pierpont after her partner, Mark Toshney, collapsed at work three years ago and was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his brain.

The night is being sponsored by Star Lifestyle Management and Balhousie Care Group, whose founder and chairman Tony Banks lost his own brother, Roddy, to a brain tumour in 1990.

Around 400 guests are expected to attend the ball on Saturday, September 29, when the venue will be made over by Dundee company Vision Sound & Light (VSL).

Partygoers will enjoy a champagne reception followed by dinner and top-class entertainment from Elvis himself and a Neil Diamond tribute act, as well as Channel 4 magician Kevin MacMahon, Karen Scrimgeour’s showgirl dancers and dancing until the early hours to the Elaine Stewart Band.

They will also have the chance to try their luck at the casino and bid for auction and raffle prizes including a trip to London, a party on a yacht in Monaco, golf clubs and a flatscreen TV.

The event has been organised by Carolyn and her friend Emma Kettles, in memory of Emma’s father John Coutts, who died of a grade 4 brain tumour.

Carolyn, who lives with Mark and their son Aiden in Montrose, said: “When my partner Mark was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 2009, my reaction was to search the internet to find out what it was and was it going to kill him. I found a statistic that said he’d probably survive for five years maximum.

“Brain tumours have the highest fatality rates, yet receive so little funding in comparison to those which have cures. I set up Bare All for Brain Tumours to raise £50,000 a year to make molecular investigation available to everyone in Scotland and enable more precise brain diagnosis and treatment, ultimately saving the NHS money and hopefully saving more lives.”

Bare All for Brain Tumours is a subsidiary of Brian Tumour UK but all the money raised locally stays in Scotland.

Carolyn added: “We are very grateful to Star Lifestyle Management and Balhousie Care Group for their generous support of the One Night in Vegas ball, as well as everyone who has given up their time and effort to make this a huge success.

“We are looking forward to bringing a flavour of Vegas to Dundee while raising awareness and as much as cash as possible at the same time!”

There is a limited number of tickets available for the One Night in Vegas ball, priced at £50 each. Further information is available from Carolyn on 07818 453978 or by e-mailing