All things Italian
A DASH of glamour and a pinch of Italian decadence will be the order of the day for guests at Ponsonby Central’s Masquerade Night at the Opera.
The formal event is raising money for the Downtown Rotary Club’s New Generation’s Committee to fund youth projects.
Well-known Auckland tenor Greg Patel and two of Auckland’s leading Italian chefs, Luca Villari and Kevin Morris will transform the centre’s newly renovated Sapphire Room for an evening of masquerade, operatic arias and Italian fare.
Mr Villari and Mr Morris will be accompanied by Foxtrot Parlour’s owner and chef Tara Brogan for the three-course dinner celebrating all things Italian.
Sports broadcaster Clint Brown will act as MC for the evening.
Organiser Leah La Hood from Ponsonby Central says Rotary’s youth programmes are positive and relevant.
Downtown Rotary Club president Pam Deal says fundraisers are vital to help support the development programmes.
The club supports youth projects that are focused on youth development, community awareness and service as well as international understanding.
Proceeds from the event will go towards funding programmes such as the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Project K and Outward Bound.
The RYLA programme was created by Rotary International to encourage strong leadership in youth and develop teamwork and communication skills.
Ms Deal participated in the programme as a young adult.
‘‘The benefits of programmes like RYLA to young leaders are second to none.
‘‘The skills they learn are invaluable to themselves and their future careers,’’ she says.
Bellisimo: Ponsonby Central is hosting a Masquerade Night at the Opera to raise funds for the Downtown Rotary Club. From left: Luca Villari, Michaiah Simmons, Kevin Morris and Tara Brogan.
The Masquerade Night at the Opera starts at 6.30pm on June 7 at Ponsonby Central, 136-138 Ponsonby Rd. Tickets cost $89. Email email@example.com or phone 021 89 77 88 to RSVP.