Tourism din­ner a hit

Busi­nesses build mo­men­tum with fundraiser

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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