$10,000 raised for community

MORE than $10,000 was raised by this year's three Proserpine Lions Ambassador Quest entrants.

Some of this money will be donated to the local State Emergency Services (SES) and the club will then donate the remaining money to other community groups.

Fifteen-year-old Catherine Cassells was crowned Ambassador for 2011 at the Proserpine Lions Cut Out Cabaret at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre on Saturday night.

"It was a surprise to be named the winner," Catherine said.

"I'm very proud to have won. It has given me more confidence to do other things."

Catherine has been asked to enter the Lions Miss Popularity competition in the new year.

She thanked IGA in Proserpine for sponsoring her in the quest.

Jessica Baxter was named Charity Ambassador for 2011 after raising more than $6000. While neither girl was there on the night, their mothers proudly accepted the awards on behalf of the girls.

Proserpine Lions immediate past president David Hinschen said the girl's achievements were outstanding.

"It is incredible that they were able to raise so much money on their own, with some of the funds going towards local SES groups," he said. The Art Union raffle was also drawn with Proserpine resident Irene Sanders winning the $5000 prize.

"Irene sells the club's [Lions] goose club tickets up the street every week," Mr Hinschen said.

"It couldn't have gone to a better person."

Prizes were also awarded to the best dressed man and woman along with the winners of the coo-ee competition and lucky seat competition. Mr Hinschen thanked local businesses who donated items on the night.

The entertainment centre was decked out to look like the Australian outback, while the Double Barrel Band entertained guests.

"I think everyone had a good night, the band was excellent," Mr Hinschen said.

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