Tourism dinner a hit
Businesses build momentum with fundraiser
SKAL Whitsundays held a fundraising progressive dinner at Cactus Jack’s and Mangrove Jack’s on Friday night as they continue to raise funds for their Airlie Beach – Heart of the Reef campaign.
Business owners from across the region attended the dinner that raised money for the advertising campaign, which has been further bolstered by branded bottled water that was launched on the night.
Skal secretary Carolyn Upton said the majority of the money raised would go towards the ongoing campaign.
“We are rolling out a series of ideas, signwriting at the Proserpine Airport, a website and even branded bottled water that will be sold locally,” she said.
“The Skal National Assembly is in town for the very first time on the weekend of September 13-15 and some of the money will go towards supporting that initiative.”
Delegates from Skal clubs all around Australia will come to Airlie Beach for the assembly and attend a welcome cocktail party and a din- ner on Daydream Island.
“As all members of Skal must be senior managers or owners of tourism related businesses, this is like a really focused famil (familiarisation),” Mrs Upton said.
“We anticipate around 100 people being involved in the national assembly.”
The night also included a silent auction with 12 fantastic prizes donated by local businesses.
TOURISM FUNDRAISER: SKAL members Peter Upton, Lyn Gregson, Mark Bell and Carolyn Upton at the group's fundraising event at Cactus Jack's and Mangrove Jack's on Friday night.