Pun­ters dig deep at char­ity ball

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

A who’s who of Mid West per­son­al­i­ties donned their best out­fits for the 2018 Mid­west Char­ity Be­gins at Home gala din­ner, held re­cently at Ger­ald­ton’s Batavia Hall.

The main event of the night was a live auc­tion of dozens of items do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses.

Pres­i­dent Chris Dob­son said about $200,000 was raised this year, which will pro­vide fi­nan­cial help to Mid West fam­i­lies af­fected by se­ri­ous ill­nesses.

“It was a huge suc­cess,” she said. “In one par­tic­u­lar raf­fle, the 420 guests raised more than $7000 in just 10 min­utes, pur­chas­ing Furry Friends choco­late bars.”

Ms Dob­son thanked all vol­un­teers and spon­sors who helped

make the event hap­pen. Now in its 11th year, the gala ball has gone from strength to strength.

In 2016 it raised more than $180,000 and about $200,000 last year.

The Mid­west Char­ity Be­gins at Home Youth group.

El­lie Bar­tolo, Casey Brown, Steph Bar­net­son, Lewis Freer and Mikaela Har­ris.

Jeremy Wasley and Allyson Cantrall.

Pic­tures: Yaiden Thomas Pro­duc­tions

Tahlia and Sue Bum­bak.

Ray Evans and Grace Bradley.

About 420 guests packed a cir­cus-themed Batavia Hall at Ger­ald­ton Gram­mar School.

Anne-Ma­ree and Michael Hop­kin­son.

Pic­ture: Leti­tia Bus­niak

Clarissa and Steve Nan­ninga.

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