Racy designs lead the turf club field
IF CINDY Vogels' amazing run of luck continues, she may be well advised to have a decent bet on at least one runner at today's Gympie Turf Club race meeting.
And hats off to her if she wins.
As luck would have it, the day is named in honour of her hat making business, The Devoted Milliner and so is its main race, The Devoted Milliner 100 Club Cup.
Naming rights to the day and the race were all part of the prize in the turf club's annual 100 Club draw, which she won, luckily enough.
And that win also entitles her a trip for two to the biggest business promotional event on the world hat making calendar, the Melbourne Cup.
Ms Vogel's big year began last September when someone told her about a leaked photograph, showing music star Lady Gaga wearing one of her hats, on stage with jazz singer Tony Bennett.
The hat became part of the promotion of Gaga and Bennett's new album, Cheek to Cheek.
Even then, her original designs had made her Devoted Milliner business Gympie's New Business of the Year.
Mayor Mick Curran chose an International Women's Day function last month, to announce Ms Vogels' appointment as the region's Arts and Cultural Ambassador.
"The 100 Club involves 100 businesses that join up and contribute to a prize draw every year," club secretary Spencer Slatter said yesterday.
"There'll be a 100 Club member's luncheon upstairs and she's also doing a display of her products at that luncheon," he said.
Today's meeting is one of only five held each year at Gympie racecourse, so it is not to be missed if you like your racing live, in real time.
And you have to be there to attend the after-races party, where live band, Something in Latin will provide the rhythm from 5pm.