All things Ital­ian

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

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 leah@pon­son­by­cen­ or phone 021 89 77 88 to RSVP.

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