Dinner with Elvis
The Lions Club of Waihi has done it again.
Following the successful Charity Dinner two years ago when the club raised $14,000 for the St John Ambulance building appeal, the club staged another event last Saturday evening for the same cause.
Again the venue was the Waihi Beach Community Centre which had been transformed into a glittering banquet hall fit to welcome a star of the magnitude of the king — Elvis Presley (aka Che Orton of Auckland).
Guests sat at tables whose centre pieces, created by the talented Liz Lye, paid tribute to the great entertainer.
Patrons were treated to platters of hors d’oeuvres served by members of the Waihi College Leo Club who worked all evening and helped serve the threecourse dinner.
“Elvis” performed three brackets of 50s Rock n’ Roll favourites during the night and the guests said Che Orton’s impersonation of Elvis the Pelvis was first-rate.
Dancers — many of whom had come in costume — were on the floor, rolling back the years as they rocked their old routines of yesterday.
Dinner courses and the singing were interrupted by two auctions when MC Kevin Corney morphed into an auctioneer, cajoling members of the audience to part with several thousands of dollars.
The catering was a joint effort between members of the club, the Martha Women’s Club and Stafford Venn, and organised by Margaret Atger.
The food was a feature of the evening and represented many hours of preparation by the team.
Those who dined in the hall on Saturday evening praised the quality and quantity of the fare they received.
With a number of accounts yet to be finalised the Lions Club hasn’t yet worked out what the nett proceeds of the function will be but the club thinks it is about $10,000.
Tables were full at last Saturday’s Waihi Lions charity dinner and auction night in the Waihi Beach Community Centre, at which ‘Elvis’ was a main attraction. Proceeds went to the Waihi St John Ambulance building fund.
Waihi Lions member Kevin Corney in auctioneering mode on the night.