Ball to help fund lo­cal sports park up­grade

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CASINO Royale will be the theme of this year’s Ray White Whit­sun­day Ball in June with all pro­ceeds be­ing do­nated to up­grade the fa­cil­i­ties at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park in Ju­bilee Pocket.

Capers on the Es­planade will be trans­formed into a stylish casino for the event and gam­ing ta­bles sourced from Bris­bane will pro­vide guests with un­re­stricted ac­cess to roulette, craps and money wheels to name a few.

Ray White Whit­sun­day prin­ci­pal Mark Beale is proud to be sup­port­ing the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the sports park and said tick­ets were al­ready sell­ing fast.

“The sports park com­mit­tee ac­tu­ally leases the sports park land from Coun­cil and it costs a lot of money to do that,” he said.

“Re­cently, the sports park was at risk of clos­ing so we wanted to use the Ray White Ball to not only cre­ate aware­ness of this is­sue in the com­mu­nity but also help fund fur­ther up­grades of the fa­cil­ity.”

Whit­sun­day Sports Park sec­re­tary Justin But­ler said the com­mu­nity would reap the ben­e­fits of the pro­posed up­grade for years to come.

“The money will be used to help fund a shad- ed grand­stand on the far side of the field with an exclusive VIP area,” he said.

“Coun­cil is also as­sist­ing us in the con­struc­tion of the cur­rent grand­stands but this may re­sult in additional struc­tural work to the club­house.”

Mr But­ler said long-term goals in­cluded of­fer­ing wheel­chair ac­cess and re-align­ing the fields to build a new field at the fa­cil­ity.

Tick­ets cost $90 per per­son and will in­clude din­ner.

Book­ings can be made on­line via www.whit­sun­dayt­ick­

COM­MU­NITY EVENT: Ray White's Bernard Woods caught up with Whit­sun­day Sports Park pres­i­dent Steve Tween to dis­cuss how fund­ing from the 2014 Ray White Ball could be used to up­grade the fa­cil­ity in Ju­bilee Pocket.

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