Wood­lands Idol fundraiser re­turns

Hamilton Metro News - - News - Wood­lands Idol 2 at the home­stead on Satur­day, April 30, seated from 6pm. Tick­ets $60 from the Wood­lands of­fice. (Book for 10, pay for nine.) For more in­for­ma­tion phone Judy on 8243 421 or Wood­lands on 824 3687.

A gala evening of mu­sic and food will be held at Wood­lands His­toric Home­stead later this month.

Young mu­si­cal ta­lent take to the stage for Wood­lands Idol 2, and for a good cause— money raised will help fund fu­ture de­vel­op­ment at the home­stead.

The first Wood­lands Idol was held five years ago and raised more than $4000 for the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion and for main­te­nance of Wood­lands.

Au­di­tions were held re­cently and seven con­tes­tants cho­sen to take part on the night.

“Singers, dancers, mu­si­cians; it will be great to see them take to the stage,” said or­gan­iser Judy Cole.

“We have some lo­cal ta­lent as well as con­tes­tants from Ro­to­tuna, Hamil­ton, Te Kuiti and Taupo. It will be a real treat.”

All con­tes­tants will be win­ners, she says. First prize is $600, sec­ond is $400, third $200, all with gifts. There will also be some fa­mil­iar faces from the first event— Andy Bramwell, DJ in 2011, will be there.

“When I first ap­proached him he asked if the date was set in con­crete. It turned out that it is his wed­ding an­niver­sary— he was­mar­ried atWood­lands and he wanted to take his wife for a ro­man­tic din­ner, but he didn’t want to miss out on the event. Both of them are com­ing and we’ll set up a cosy ta­ble for two in the cor­ner, ” said Judy.

Din­ner will be a plated meal by Hamil­ton cater­ers Kerr & Labrook. Judy, who will be MC on the night, said she de­cided to hold the event again be­cause of the suc­cess of the first one.

“The feed­back was won­der­ful and peo­ple kept ask­ing when would I do an­other. That one took about a year to or­gan­ise, and this one has been on­go­ing for a wee while now!”

“Seat­ing will be limited, so get in early.” While no spe­cific tar­get is set for the fundrais­ing, Judy says they will be happy with what­ever is achieved.

“Ev­ery bit helps— we’re want­ing to build a new vis­i­tor cen­tre and archives room at the home­stead.”

Photo: An­nette Tay­lor

Fiona McIn­tyre at the first Wood­lands Idol.

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