Ben­e­fit con­cert a big suc­cess

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

THE spe­cial ben­e­fit con­cert for the Sketcher fam­ily, held at the Mans­field Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (PAC), was a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

Over $6300 was raised be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the con­cert as the Mans­field and Be­nalla mu­sic com­mu­ni­ties banded to­gether to show their sup­port for Mon­ica, Dean and Monty Sketcher in their time of need.

Around 200 con­cert go­ers were treated to a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal items from the Mans­field and Dis­trict (MAD) Orches­tra, the MAD Strings, the MAD Train­ing Band, and the Be­nalla Rose City Band.

High­lights in­cluded a com­bined fi­nale with the Be­nalla and Mans­field com­bined band and orches­tra to per­form “A Kleizmer Car­ni­val” and “High­lights from Harry Pot­ter” from the com­bined MAD Strings and MAD Orches­tra.

Monies raised came from ticket sales, many gen­er­ous do­na­tions, a raf­fle and silent auc­tion held on the day, and af­ter­noon tea dur­ing in­ter­val.

The silent auc­tion items in­cluded very gen­er­ous prize do­na­tions in­clud­ing ski passes from Mt Buller, and a ce­ramic art work from lo­cal artist Wendy Jag­ger, along with many raf­fle do­na­tions from lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als.

Mu­si­cal lead­ers and con­duc­tors Rob Squires (Be­nalla), Mag­gie Wil­liams, Ian Mal­lyon and Lucy Clee­land (Mans­field) brought the best out of their play­ing groups, all of who shone and played beau­ti­fully, show­cas­ing their skills that for many were first honed un­der Mon­ica’s guid­ance.

Or­gan­iser Richard Smith was de­lighted with the way the event ran and was re­ceived, and with the large amount of money raised.

He thanked the mu­sic com­mu­nity for com­ing to­gether, all the lo­cal busi­nesses who do­nated prizes, and ev­ery­one who con­tributed to the show.

While Mon­ica and Dean could not at­tend per­son­ally due to Dean’s on­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Monty did at­tend with his grand­mother, both of who thor­oughly en­joyed the per­for­mance, and a spe­cial record­ing was made for Mon­ica and Dean to watch later.

CABARET: Mis­chief and de­light was the or­der of the night dur­ing “Good­bye to Berlin”.

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