A ball for a cause

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Inge Hansen

IT’S time to mark that cal­en­dar and book a night of fine din­ing to raise funds for a good cause.

The Prostate Cancer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia and Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club (SICYC) have come to­gether to cre­ate a Gala Ball to “make a dif­fer­ence” at Lure, Abell Point Ma­rina (APM).

Man­ager of APM, Luke McCaul, said the event next month would fo­cus on prostate cancer and rais­ing funds.

“It’s a chance for us to ac­knowl­edge the (SICYC’s) great (rendezvous) event,” he said.

“We’ll also get to ac­knowl­edge the busi­ness who have re­ally put money to­wards the SICYC over the past three or four years.

“Ken Thack­eray (Founder of Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club) will recog­nise all busi­nesses who have sup­ported the cause and have raised money for the Prostate Cancer Foun­da­tion.”

The of­fi­cial theme of the night is sure to make heads turn, with guys en­cour­aged to dress in black ties and board shorts and the gals in sea princess at­tire.

Mr McCaul said at­ten­dees would find them­selves sur­rounded by stun­ning views and en­joy­ing great food.

Guests will be greeted with a drink upon ar­rival be­fore be­ing seated for a three-course din­ner.

For the evening’s en­ter­tain­ment, an opera singer will also be present.

Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor Ju­dith Cle­ments AC will be in at­ten­dance to dis­cuss the lat­est re­search and de­vel­op­ments on prostate cancer.

There will be plenty of chances to win prizes on the night with auc­tions and give­aways ga­lore.

Any­one is wel­come to at­tend the event but Mr McCaul said those in­ter­ested would need to hurry as tick­ets were sell­ing fast.

“The venue seats about 120 or 130 guests and we’ve al­ready had al­most half the tick­ets sold,” he said.

“For any­one who wants to come, it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to have a high class night with great food in a great venue, and it’s def­i­nitely a bit of a twist with the theme we’ve cho­sen.

“And you can meet some lo­cal busi­nesses that are sup­port­ing the prostate ball.”

“... it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to have a high class night...”

DRESSY: Vice Com­modore of Abell Point Yacht Club Colin Bell, man­ager of Abell Point Ma­rina Luke McCaul, Kev Collins from Fish D'vine and Ian Hayes from Oceanic Marine Risks all have their out­fits ready for the Prostate Cancer Gala Ball next month at Lure, Abell Point Ma­rina.

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