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Police Know How To Have A Ball

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Senior Constable Amy Dalton, Brisbane; Cherbourg AO Louise Thompson and Constable Christie Turner, from Murgon

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.

Assistant Commissioner (Southern Region) Tony Wright and his wife Leigh, from Toowoomba; South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell and his wife Marion; and Inspector Michael Bianchi and his wife Judith, from Dalby

Sgt Brad Johannesen and Robert Carroll, from Taabinga Rotary, were selling the drinks tickets

Catherine and Susan Mahoney, from Kingaroy, were looking forward to a fun night

Bryce Camm, Bowenville; Barb Madden, from Proston; Mark Lightfoot, from Brisbane; Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington and Member for Redlands Matt McEachan

Working hard in the kitchen ... Bernd Vollmer, Eddie McGregor and Sgt Wayne Bushell

Senior Sergeant Lance Guteridge and his wife Nell, from Murgon; Mandy and Russell Bishop, from Cloyna; Judy Skilton, from Ban Ban Springs; and Melinda and Tony McIntyre, from Coalstoun Lakes

Sgt Alan Gerrard and his wife Tracey, from Blackbutt, and Nell Guteridge, from Murgon

From Saint Mary's Catholic College ... Laura Bowles, Kym Schultz and principal Angela Myles, right, and her husband Rodney

Waiting on the guests ... Bryony Owens (Year 12), Miranda Miller (Year 10) and Paige Leeding-Levett (Year 12), from Kingaroy State High School

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