Char­ity ball reels in $205,000

Central Leader - - News -

StarJam per­form­ers were knocked for six when they col­lected a cheque for the pro­ceeds from this year’s Gro­cery Char­ity Ball.

Gen­er­ous mem­bers of New Zealand’s gro­cery in­dus­try raised $205,000 for StarJam, which al- lows for per­form­ers with a range of dis­abil­i­ties to pur­sue their tal­ents live on stage.

Four of the trustees of the ball were on hand to present the cheque to StarJam.

Trust chair­man Don Gra­ham says the trustees are al­ready hard at work on next year’s event and the tough­est task is se­lect­ing a re­cip­i­ent char­ity.

There are al­ready 56 ap­pli­cants and the trustees will re­duce that to a fi­nal list of five be­fore mak­ing a fi­nal choice later in the month.

Jammed up: Front from left: Gro­cery Char­ity Ball chair­man Don Gra­ham, StarJam per­former Bon­nie Pas­coe and chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Bartlett. Back from left: Trus­tee Leanne Carol, StarJam­mer Gavin All­press and ball trustees Rob Davis and Karen Clark.

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