000 Ball to raise $15,000
MORE than 200 people donned their best frocks and flocked to the Whitsunday PCYC on Saturday night for the annual Emergency Services Charity Ball.
The total figures are yet to be calculated but organisers of Saturday night's 000 Ball estimate about $15,000 has been raised following the event for junior community organisations within the Whitsunday community.
The $15,000 estimated figure matches the total amount of money raised at last year's event which went towards the SES and equipment for junior youth activities at PCYC.
The night included an auctioning of some great prizes, with the ultimate prize – a brand new Kawasaki motorbike – being won by lucky door ticket holder and Whitsunday resident Brett Ward.
Party goers also had the opportunity to listen and dance the night away to popular Whitsunday act Under the Radar for the last time.
Lead singer of the band Nick Bellinger is also an Airlie Beach auxiliary fire fighter, so it was fitting that he went out in front of friends and colleagues at the Emergency Services night of nights.
Whitsunday Police Senior Sergeant Steve O'Connell said the night was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, enjoyed by all.
“It was good for everyone to mix in a formal setting and have a good time,” he said.
“It was good to see members of the public supporting the services and it was certainly a cheery and happy atmosphere.”
000 Ball committee member Kylie Smith wanted to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors for their support and hard work.
“Your efforts were tireless and made the 2010 000 Charity Ball the best yet,” she said.
This year's beneficiaries of the funds include Whitsunday PCYC, Proserpine BMX Club, Whitsunday Coast Scout Group, Proserpine Junior Cricket Club, Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club and Cyclones Junior Soccer Club.