Benefit concert a big success
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.
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