Great end to the year

Stanthorpe Border Post - - COMMUNITY LIFE - — Glenda Ri­ley

‘WOW’ was my first im­pres­sion when I walked through the doors to Eats and Beats 2018. The lay­out, the lights, the fur­ni­ture –I knew it was go­ing to be a spe­cial evening to cel­e­brate the new year.

So how do you cre­ate an event sup­ported by 792 peo­ple that’s fam­ily friendly, has great vibe and am­bi­ence and brings a fresh new ap­proach to fundrais­ing?

Vol­un­teers and the

Carl­ton United Foot­ball Club who backed Amy Tor­risi and Fiona Minotto.

In­spired by the Eat Street precinct in Bris­bane, rock­a­billy mu­sic and the de­sire to have a fam­ily friendly New Year’s Eve func­tion the whole com­mu­nity could en­joy, Eats and Beats came to life.

I caught up with Amy and Fiona this week to find out how they ac­com­plished such a suc­cess­ful event.

“It takes hours of re­search and plan­ning, a vi­brant vi­sion, a ded­i­cated group of vol­un­teers giv­ing up hours of their time away from home and busi­ness and a won­der­ful lo­cal com­mu­nity of busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als con­tribut­ing their re­sources and skills for lit­tle or no re­mu­ner­a­tion.”

“There were many late nights, in the nine months Eats and Beats was be­ing cre­ated, some wor­ry­ing mo­ments as De­cem­ber 31 got closer and the tick­ets sales were slow. Our first 100 sales came from out­side the re­gion! In the last week, we spent a lot of our time at the show­grounds, mak­ing fur­ni­ture and set­ting up for the event.”

With so much go­ing on dur­ing the evening, there was some­thing for ev­ery­one.

A ded­i­cated kids play zone, and chill out zones for fam­i­lies to re­lax, great mu­sic, a bar and food out­lets work­ing all night, and in­door fire­works at 9.30pm and mid­night it would be easy to miss the hero mo­ment of the night.

“The hero mo­ment; the com­mu­nity who came to play and sup­port us, and the many pos­i­tive re­sponses we re­ceived on so­cial me­dia.”

A very suc­cess­ful so­cial me­dia cam­paign net­ted a huge catch­ment.

There were visi­tors from the Gold Coast, Sun­shine Coast, Bris­bane, Ten­ter­field, even Mt Isa and Dar­win, de­lighted with the evening, and when asked why they chose Eats and Beats, it was ei­ther, look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent to do or they were fol­low­ers of the per­form­ers.

Will we see Eats and Beats hap­pen again on De­cem­ber 31, 2019?

There are al­ready ideas be­ing tossed around and I for one will be look­ing for­ward to what this group of vol­un­teers come up with.

PHOTO: GLENDA RI­LEY

WHAT A NIGHT: Lit­tle Bil­lie per­form at the first Eats and Beats con­cert on New Year’s Eve.

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