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Painting auctioned on eve of Back to Black star’s 30th birthday
A CHARITY night in memory of Amy Winehouse was held in Hampshire last night – the eve of what would have been her 30th birthday.
A sell-out crowd packed into the Concorde Club in Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, to celebrate the life of the Back to Black singer and watch one of the finest tribute acts to her on the circuit.
Amy, who would have turned 30 today, passed away on July 23, 2011 after a long and well-publicised battle against drink and drugs.
Her parents Mitch and Janis Winehouse attended the event to auction a portrait of Amy, with all proceeds going towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
The event featured performances by Nicola T as Rihanna and Kyla Porer as Pink before Amy Winehouse tribute Laura Butler, who helped put the evening together, took to the stage.
A large oil painting by artist James Wilkinson was auctioned at the end of the night to further boost the charity.
Mitch told the Daily Echo: “The event was put together by Laura, who is now the official tribute act for Amy Winehouse in the UK.
“It’s very close to our hearts. Whenever she puts on an event, we try to go. Janis goes to most of them.
“I still find it quite difficult, to be honest.
“It is great to be here and we are going to celebrate her birthday here. There is a lot to celebrate.
“The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been doing very well. We have donated more than £600,000 through it so far.
“We have been working with children’s hospices and we have been supporting a homeless charity where we are feeding 65 young people a day.”
Jamie Mathieson, manager at the Concorde Club, said: “It’s great to have been able to celebrate Amy’s 30th birthday here and a privilege to have Mitch and Janis with us for it.
“It was an excellent night with three fantastic tributes.”
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