Queenstown Emergency Services Ball 'huge success'

Leeann Smith, Grahame Smith, Anna Scott, Sharese Buchan (front).
Leeann Smith, Grahame Smith, Anna Scott, Sharese Buchan (front).
Duane Te Paa, of Arrotown, Sonya Anderson, Marty Macdonald, Dr. Morne Pienaar.
Duane Te Paa, of Arrotown, Sonya Anderson, Marty Macdonald, Dr. Morne Pienaar.
Kirsty Mann, of Dunedin, with Chris Marr, Rachael Long, both of Queenstown.
Kirsty Mann, of Dunedin, with Chris Marr, Rachael Long, both of Queenstown.
Alana Reid of Arrowtown and Perry Ferguson of Riverton, in western Southland.
Alana Reid of Arrowtown and Perry Ferguson of Riverton, in western Southland.
The audience turns to watch local band, Groova, take the spotlight.
The audience turns to watch local band, Groova, take the spotlight.
Chris Marr hands Kirsty Mann a token of appreciation for  organising the Ball.
Chris Marr hands Kirsty Mann a token of appreciation for organising the Ball.

Members of the region's emergency services met at the Memorial Hall on Saturday night, to enjoy the glitz and glamour of the Queenstown Emergency Services Ball 2010.

After months of preparation, event organiser Kirsty Mann said the event was a huge success.

"All the hard work certainly paid off. We had people dancing from 8pm, when the band started playing, all the way until 12.30am, when the night finished. It was a fantastic evening."

Ms Mann said the evening provided an opportunity for people to take off their uniforms and just enjoy themselves.

"We had nearly a hundred people in attendance and representatives from all of the emergency services in Queenstown. It was great to see."

Things began with champagne and canapes, then light supper and music from local band, Groova.

Ticket sales also covered entry into a raffle for more than $5000 worth of prizes donated by local businesses.

Ms Mann said she was extremely grateful for the community support.

"We really have to say a big `Thank you' to the local businesses that got involved.

We really couldn't do it without them and we are so thankful they got behind the event."

The top raffle prize was a six-person scenic helicopter flight, donated by Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters.

Planning for next year's event already, Ms Mann said possibilities were still under discussion.

"We would certainly like to run the ball again.

We are looking at the possibility of maybe mixing it up with a biannual event," she said.

Local emergency services members not at the ball formed duty crews for the evening and that meant attendance figures were not affected by incidents requiring emergency response on Saturday night.

- Photos by Naeem Alvi; prints available from otagoimages.co.nz.

 

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