Din­ner with Elvis

Waihi Leader - - Front Page - By DAVID PAR­ISH

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.

PHOTO / SUP­PLIED.

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.

PHOTO / SUP­PLIED.

Waihi Lions mem­ber Kevin Cor­ney in auc­tion­eer­ing mode on the night.

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