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Residents and members from our local business community opened their hearts and their walletson Saturday night in support of the Black Dog Institute, the charity at the focus of the inauguralMayor’s Charity Ball.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the glamorous charity event was extremely successful raising$16,709.75 to date for the Black Dog Institute, a not-for-profit organisation and a world leader inthe diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness.
“It was wonderful evening and I would like to thank the community, individual contributors andcharity ball sponsors for their overwhelming support in raising money and awareness for mentalhealth disorders,” Mayor Whitney said.
“There were 13 raffle prizes on offer and 12 items went under the hammer during the live auction led by auctioneer, Mark Beale, of Ray White Whitsunday,
“The Whitsunday community showed me they were happy to dig deep for a good cause and I am proud that we will be able to present the Black Dog Institute with a significant donation for their organisation,
“I would also like to give my sincere thanks to local businesses who donated their services and the range of raffle and auction prizes; without your generosity this night would not have been possible,
“Overall it was a fantastic evening focusing on a good cause.”
The masquerade event guest speaker, Channel 7 sports presenter Mark Beretta was a highlightand the audience was entertained by variety performer Daniel Gorski and band REDTIE whobrought sophisticated glamour with a modern vibe to the evening.
Guests were provided with a three-course meal and drinks catered for by the ProserpineEntertainment Centre.
Mayor Whitney added that the fundraising goal was for $20,000 which was almost achieved.
“Anyone who wasn’t able to attend that would like to make a donation and help us reach our goal can do so through our dedicated webpage; your support would be most appreciated.”
Donations can be made via the following link – https://give.everydayhero.com/au/mayors-charitymasquerade-ball
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