Gala night back in Ararat Town Hall

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Vic­to­ria Po­lice Blue Rib­bon Foun­da­tion Ararat Branch’s an­nual Gala Night of Nights will re­turn to re­de­vel­oped Ararat Town Hall on Fri­day night.

Or­gan­is­ers of the 17th an­nual black tie event are ex­pect­ing 250 guests and look for­ward to wel­com­ing the many peo­ple who have sup­ported the gala’s suc­cess over the years.

Im­por­tantly, they are also look­ing for­ward to again rais­ing money for med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment for East Grampians Health Ser­vice.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Dianne Rad­ford said to cel­e­brate the night be­ing back at its home base at Ararat Town Hall, Aus­tralian rock ’n’ roll leg­ends Frankie J. Holden and Wil­bur Wilde would head­line entertainment. “This has been made pos­si­ble by the gen­er­ous sup­port of the ACE Ra­dio Net­work and AME Sys­tems,” she said.

“Pa­trons will cer­tainly be sub­jected to crowd-pleas­ing entertainment by what Frankie J. and Wil­bur Wilde do best.

“They are sure to have ev­ery­one danc­ing and singing along to hit songs that have pleased Aus­tralian au­di­ences for decades.”

Holden and Wilde will per­form with a full rock ’n’ roll band, with mem­bers sure to be fa­mil­iar with many fol­low­ers of the Aus­tralian mu­sic scene.

Holden, Wilde and their band are renowned for pro­vid­ing high-en­ergy rock ’n’ roll, with some de­scrib­ing the shows as ‘con­trolled mayhem’.

Mrs Rad­ford said another high­light of the night, sim­i­lar to pre­vi­ous years, would be gala auc­tions.

“This in­cludes the main auc­tion which will see items put un­der the ham­mer in­clud­ing a house­boat on the Mur­ray hol­i­day at Echuca, a Grampians ‘Un­der the Stars’ din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, a Grampians He­li­copter and win­ery pack­age and for the footy en­thu­si­asts – a framed and signed jumper by the Rich­mond Tigers who won the AFL premier­ship in 2017.

“Our guest auc­tion­eer will be David Pre­ston. In ad­di­tion, a silent auc­tion will be hap­pen­ing for those who want to buy some­thing on the quiet.”

The foun­da­tion’s act­ing Ararat branch pres­i­dent and po­lice of­fi­cer Sgt Shaun Allen said ev­ery­one was pleased the event was re­turn­ing Ararat Town Hall.

“It has been the long-time home of our ma­jor fundraiser, other than last year when the venue was closed and we had our event at Ararat Col­lege,” he said.

Con­tin­ued sup­port

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“We are in­debted to so many com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who con­tinue to help us put the gala night to­gether.

“We are es­pe­cially grate­ful to our ma­jor sup­port­ers who have come on board as our long-term part­ners ACE Ra­dio, AME Sys­tems and Em­mer­son Fi­nan­cial Group, to­gether with the many donors and vol­un­teers, both lo­cally and be­yond, who give so gen­er­ously.

“Im­por­tantly, our heart­felt thanks to all our ta­ble cap­tains and their guests who con­tinue to at­tend and dig deep and sup­port us at the event, rais­ing the ex­tra dol­lars through the auc­tions and raf­fle.

“Over the past 16 years with their sup­port, this event alone has raised more than $400,000 and has en­abled our lo­cal health ser­vice to pro­vide the best of fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment for our com­mu­nity.

“Pleas­ingly, we are cur­rently work­ing with the health ser­vice to iden­tify a new project, which we hope to an­nounce to the com­mu­nity later in the year.”

Peo­ple with last-minute in­quiries about the gala night can call Mrs Rad­ford on 0419 316 920.

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