Fash­ions im­press at ladies day

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

While at­ten­dance num­bers were down on pre­vi­ous years, the buoy­ant at­mos­phere at the 2018 lun­cheon was much the same as women filled the room with colour and el­e­gance.

Many chats were had while en­joy­ing the fine food and bub­bly drinks catered by the Golf Club on the ta­bles dec­o­rated by Katie Mas­sari from Poppy Em­po­rium. All this while watch­ing the Oaks Day rac­ing from Flem­ing­ton on the big screen.

The an­nual Fash­ions on the Field was again suc­cess­fully con­ducted, with four prizes awarded to women who dressed to im­press.

The win­ner of the Best Hat award went to Corowa’s Gwen Spencer, Wodonga’s Dawn O’Toole was the Best Fas­ci­na­tor, Kelli Cun­ning­ham from Corowa won the Peo­ple’s Choice award and Julie Cresser was the Best Dressed lady on the day for the se­cond year in a row.

This year’s fash­ion judges were Dy­onne Rhodes from Miss Madeleine – a well-known milliner – and Mon­ica Niedereg­ger.

“A lot of ef­fort was put in to the dresses and fash­ions this year, all the ladies looked fab­u­lous and it was a great day,” event or­gan­iser Ker­ryn Alexan­der told The Free Press.

“Ev­ery­body was very happy and were all laugh­ing and talk­ing to­gether, the best thing about the day was the ca­ma­raderie, the food and the cham­pagne. It was a won­der­ful day.

“You don’t get many chances to dress up and go out nowa­days, so Oaks Day was, and al­ways is, the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to do so.”

SHE Shed mem­bers Tracey and An­nie were wel­comed guest speak­ers on the day, pro­vid­ing the crowd with an in­sight into the work­ings of the SHE Shed and en­cour­ag­ing them to be a part of a “fun group”, par­tic­u­larly their re­cent ‘bra fence’ ini­tia­tive.

Golf Club Gen­eral Man­ager Daniel Pea­cock thanked his guests fol­low­ing the award an­nounce­ments.

“Thanks to ev­ery­one for com­ing here to­day and to all the or­gan­is­ers, con­grat­u­la­tions on a fan­tas­tic job,” he said.

“Let’s hope to see even big­ger num­bers again next year, af­ter see­ing the qual­ity of the event this year there re­ally isn’t a rea­son not to come. It’s a won­der­ful day.

“Thanks to all of the staff who go above and beyond to make sure ev­ery­one gets the best ser­vice we can pos­si­bly of­fer.”

Ms Alexan­der thanked MC Gavin King, the book­ies who ran the sweep and put the bets on for the ladies and ev­ery­one who at­tended, mak­ing the day a truly en­joy­able one.

Oaks Day – a day that has be­come a tra­di­tion for the ladies of Corowa – has come and gone for an­other year, and with it came an­other stel­lar event at the Corowa Golf Club.

Th­ese ladies dressed in a black and white theme, po­si­tioned on one of the ex­clu­sive bal­cony ta­bles with a great view of the golf course.

Award win­ners Julie Cresser (left), Kelli Cun­ning­ham, Dawn O’Toole and Gwen Spencer.

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