Gala event raises close to $10,000 for charity

Damian Petre, Hayden Finch, Dave Fahey, all of Queenstown, and Nigel Smith, of Dunedin.
Damian Petre, Hayden Finch, Dave Fahey, all of Queenstown, and Nigel Smith, of Dunedin.
Michael Morris, Helen Clarke and Penny Cloudesley, all of Queenstown, and Marlene Polson, of...
Michael Morris, Helen Clarke and Penny Cloudesley, all of Queenstown, and Marlene Polson, of Arrowtown.
Marie Osborne, Megan Osborne, Jodie Sawatzki and Mel Patterson, all of Queenstown.
Marie Osborne, Megan Osborne, Jodie Sawatzki and Mel Patterson, all of Queenstown.
Maria Frewen, Ilona Weekley, Shannon Burrell and Jacqui Giller, of the Queenstown Lakes Family...
Maria Frewen, Ilona Weekley, Shannon Burrell and Jacqui Giller, of the Queenstown Lakes Family Centre.

Close to $10,000 was raised on Wednesday night at the inaugural Harcourts Charity Gala Quiz and Auction for the Queenstown Lakes Family Centre.

Harcourts Queenstown manager Marie Osborne said a total of $9738 had been raised for the centre, which provides counselling and support services in Queenstown.

Seventeen tables had sold for the event, held at the Queenstown Bowling Club, each table worth $250.

Additional funds came from an auction, with a luxury cruise on the Pacific Jemm the most sought-after item, selling for $2450.

A hot lap at the new Cromwell Motorsport Park sold for $875.

"We had a fantastic night," Ms Osborne said.

The family centre staff were "absolutely ecstatic," she said.

"They do a lot of good work behind the scenes."

The money was likely to be used to help buy a vehicle to enable counsellors to visit clients at home.

Ms Osborne said the quiz and auction would become an annual event, raising money for a different charity each year.

 

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