Fundraiser set to be a ball
IF THERE is one night out in Gympie you don't want to miss it's the Crystal and Burlesque Gala Charity Ball.
The ball is a fundraiser for Supporting Chemotherapy in Cooloola and fundraising chairman Alan Forman says the night is going to be bigger than Ben Hur.
He says there are still some tickets left for the ball on Saturday, July 21, but anyone interested needed to get in quick as there were just four tables left.
Mr Forman said there was plenty of top-quality entertainment all night with the exceptional singing and burlesque dancing of Candy Shop.
Two bands including a jazz band and dance band, Coast Folk, would keep the crowd bopping into the wee hours.
Another huge part of the night is the charity auctions.
Mr Forman said one of the big ticket items was signed U2 guitar.
"We have over 100 items up for grabs in the silent auctions from jewellery, holidays, art and memorabilia," Mr Forman said.
"The support of local business has been overwhelming, fantastic," he said.
The night will be hosted by Channel 7 journalist Katie Toney and Coman Reynolds. The duo would keep the night moving in between a wonderful three course meal catered by Zesty Edibles.
Mr Forman said the Gympie Civic Centre's Fossickers Room would be decorated by Marina Taylor who is renowned for her amazing work.
He said the decorations would blow people away and compliment the black tie dress code and burlesque dancing.
"Everyone will be guaranteed a great night," Mr Forman said.
Tickets are $100 and includes a $40 tax deductible donation to SCIC.
The money is going to a great cause with the keys of the brand new SCIC units to be handed over on the night.
Doors open at 6pm for 6.30pm start.
Mr Forman said anyone wanting tickets needed to get in before Tuesday. "You would be mad to miss it," he said.