Dona­tions fly in from gala event

May­oral ball at­tracts hun­dreds to Esk

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

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.

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