Roaring twenties brings dollars for kids’ sport!

Pink and black feathers themed up the tables, and Yvonne Jensen didn't mind borrowing it to glam up further with husband Russell and friend Michelle Heaton

Pink and black feathers themed up the tables, and Yvonne Jensen didn’t mind borrowing it to glam up further with husband Russell and friend Michelle Heaton

It is not often I go to a costume party and find everyone has made an effort to dress up. At the annual Seafood Festival Charity Dinner, I thought all hundred attendees were blinging with feathers and tassels, braces and hats – it was the Great Gatsby indeed!

Held at the Cooloola Coast Bowls Club , of course seafood was on the menu. There was plenty of it! We meat lovers didn’t miss out with an assortment of entrees and a lamb dinner. It was a big job for the bowls ladies and well done.

Graeme Jensen kept me so entertained with favourite songs for the dance floor, I didn’t take quite as many photos as I thought, so please send in yours from the night for our Facebook page and to help promote future events!

There were over $500 worth of lucky door prizes donated from the local fishing industry and  a huge number of raffles – in fact buckets of them. You bought your tickets, than placed some in the bucket of your choice – anything from wine and cheese to a money tree full of scratchies.

The auctioneer, Graham Engleman, brought in hundreds more with his cheeky calling. A cabin stay at Tin Can Bay Tourist Park raised $450, the vintage red wine collection was popular at $850, and the houseboat package drew in $1350!

In fact, the auctions brought $3400 alone, with over $4000 raised for charity on the night.

“It’s overwhelming,” said organiser Rebecca Reibel. “The support we’ve had is fantastic! All the money we’ve raised is for sporting kids.

“Honestly, I had people coming up to me today handing me raffle prizes. It’s a good cause especially when it is for kids.”

The group will be calling for applications from sporting groups in the future. To the organisers – well done on a great night!