Donations fly in from gala event
Mayoral ball attracts hundreds to Esk
THE second annual Mayoral Gala Charity Ball, hosted by Somerset Regional Council at the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk on Saturday evening, was a huge success.
The evening was well supported with 200 guests enjoying a circus-themed extravaganza aptly named “Cirque du Somerset”.
The black-tie event was held to raise money for charity, with all profits raised from the event going to charities that assist people suffering from disability, homelessness, trauma, abuse or neglect in the Somerset region.
Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the evening was a huge success.
“Together we raised $30,000 at the inaugural event, which has helped families in Somerset,” Cr Lehmann said.
“Money raised has been given to two separate community groups helping residents impacted by either the devastating bushfire that ripped through Toogoolawah last month and a family at Winya who lost everything in a house fire.”
Cr Lehmann said it was great to have Member for Lockyer Jim Mcdonald also in attendance and showing his support for the evening.
“Council is very appreciative of all the support from the community in Somerset who helped make this event a huge success, including various businesses and individuals who came on board as in-kind sponsors and assisted,” he said. “Every little bit helps. “Somerset residents are renowned for their generosity and support of charities and this event has again showcased this positive community spirit.
“We’re hoping to have raised the same amount of money as last year, if not more.
“From the bottom of my heart I thank everyone for their involvement in making this year’s event a success.”
Attendees to the 2018 Mayoral Gala Charity Ball enjoyed a Cirque du Somerset themed event.