May 24, 2016
Everyone loves a chance to frock up and have a ball … and the latest fundraiser for the RACQ CareFlight helicopters held in Kingaroy at the weekend provided just that.
The Sky’s The Limit Black Tie Ball on Saturday night was a joint effort between Kingaroy Rotary and Kingaroy Police.
Sgt Wayne Bushell, who is also a member of Rotary, was the driving force behind the fundraiser as well as one of the main chefs preparing the 350 or so meals.
The last ball organised by Rotary and the Police, held two years ago, raised more than $30,000 so Sgt Bushell was hoping for another big effort this time around.
Auction gifts were donated by local businesses, individuals and RACQ CareFlight.
Sgt Bushell’s “partner in crime” in the kitchen, former Burke and Will chef Eddie McGregor, put up the major auction item: an eight-course degustation dinner (including coffee and port) for eight people, plus accommodation, at Ravensbourne Escape.
The final sum raised is still being tallied but by all reports it was a big night, with diners later taking to the dance floor with gusto.
Special guests included Assistant Police Commissioner (Southern Region) Tony Wright and Inspector Michael Bianchi, from Dalby-Burnett Patrol Group.
Recently appointed Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington and South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell were also in attendance.