The White Tie Ball held on Saturday 22nd May was a resounding success.
We welcomed over 300 guests to the Orange Ex-Services club.
Our MC for the evening was the talented comedian Peter Berner, and we were also entertained by comedian Chris Ryan, who seemed to strike a chord with a lot of our guests if the laughter in the room was anything to go by.
Our guests enjoyed a three course meal, and they dug deep to support the fundraising events on the night. Raffle tickets, lucky envelopes and a live auction raised over $30,000, with a fundraising total of $80,000.
We had 30 sponsors for the event, and over 100 individuals and businesses also donated items for the fundraising activities.
The night was a celebration of what a community working together can achieve, having spent four years fundraising to build The Orchard, accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence. The Orchard opened its doors in February 2021.
The funds raised from this years Ball will go towards supporting the women and children staying at The Orchard.
This year’s Ball was organised by The Orchard Fundraising Committee, volunteers from the community. Chair, Julianne Potts and committee members Sue Burke, Libby Seaman, Rochelle Monaghan, Lillian Castor, Maree Weir and Bev Williams.